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Rust at welded steel beam joint

My house has a 20 ft long steel beam running across the entry way with two i-beams for supports. The supports are welded to a base plate at the ground. The joints have quite a bit of rust on them. I'...
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Joining galvanized gutter sections: Rivet, solder, spotweld, or another method?

I will be replacing a section of gutter on a barn in a month and was wondering what the best method of joining the sections is. I will have limited ergonomics working in a lift about 27 ft off the ...
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Calculation Of Steel Beam

I have a project where I need to span a 6 meter gap (~ 19.5ft) The beam will be supporting a load of 150KG (~ 330lbs) The load will be evenly spread along the beam. There can be no supports along the ...
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I want to build an all metal, self-designed building. Are metal frame and joists really that infeasible?

I have been putting together plans for my dream house. First an architect friend of mine said she might help, but right now she's got too much business and she hasn't even had time to look at a ...
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Which door is strongest?

I'm comparing two security doors. The first option is aluminum: It uses Meshtec which from what I've read is pretty much impossible to get through. However, from what I've read, aluminum is a lot ...
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What is the right tool to cut a clothesline made of coated steel?

I have a clothesline that is made of 5-6 braided tiny steel wires that is coated with flexible plastic. I need to cut it to smaller segments, I tried using a cable cutter made of carbon steel but it ...
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What kind of primer and what kind of paint should I use for a metal staircase inside a house?

I am having a staircase welded and installed inside my house in Indonesia. This is just cheap steel, not stainless or galvanised, it's new but fairly rough and ready stuff. The steel part is being ...
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Two metal I Beams are not spliced

We viewed a home that had steel I Beams. 2 of them were end to end over a support beam but were not spliced, they were only attached to the top of the pillar via 2 bolts per beam. Very similar to this ...
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How can I determine if metal parts are stainless steel?

I want to mount a plexiglass logo-plate on my home-office main door, but I had to buy these standoffs. I bought them on Amazon where the claim was they were stainless steel (inoxidizable). I have ...
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Basement Steel Stud Framing with 1.5" Float

How does one frame a basement with steel studs where 1.5" of float is required? I reached out to the inspector and he said "...use a bottom slip track deep enough to accommodate 1 ½” of ...
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How can I reduce the size of a bore in steel to accommodate screw threads?

I want to somehow get an M5 insert into a 7.5mm diameter hole in solid steel. (The hole has already been drilled with 7.5mm DeWalt cobalt-tipped drill bit.) Is there such a thing as a threaded insert ...
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How to construct a timber and steel staircase?

I need to produce some detailed staircase technical drawings for unit. What’s the best way to attach the tread to the riser (#1/#2/some other way)? Also, how do you attach the oak tread to the steel ...
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13ft wide desk/workbench with only one leg

This question is much like: how to "float" a large desk (3000mm x 720mm x 40mm) between walls but somewhat different (mainly, significantly wider). I want to build a desk that is 13ft wide, ...
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Rebar cutter and bender's and the relative grade range of steel

I'm comparing two budget rebar bender and cutter products (Crescent or HIT Tools), not sure the grade of steel Crescent is able to handle other than "soft or mild steel", HIT mentions up to ...
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Steel H Beam Needed For Outdoor Deck

Question: What size H Beams are needed? Background: I’m building a deck over our walkout basement. The basement is only 7’ tall, so the deck beams need to be as short as possible with the fewest ...
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How to repair Garden gate latch 'spring clip'?

Google for "garden gate latch" and you'll see the gate latch we have. It's sold by the hundreds of thousands worldwide under different brands. I bought mine in the UK through B&Q (Blooma ...
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Cutting powder coated steel - how do I prevent rust?

We have a series of powder-coated electrical cupboards that need to be cut open to install recessed components. The exact product description can be found on the manufacturer's website. The ...
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How to frame bypass doors with metal studs?

I am using metal studs (25ga steel) in my basement for a room. This room will have a closet with two sets of bypass sliding doors. The doors are 30" wide (and fairly heavy) and with a 1" ...
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Is a mix of copper and galvanized pipe a problem if dielectric unions are used where they meet?

Over decades, my house has accrued a mix of galvanized, copper, and pex pipe. I've been told that one "should stick to one type of metal in your pipes or use pex." (here) As long as ...
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Repair holes in galvanized sheet?

So far, I've only seen other questions around here about galvanized pipe or duct, so here's a new one for you all! I'm trying to patch up holes rusted through a telescope observatory's dome. The ...
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How to repair damaged fence to its original strenght

am farming with cattle. Lately my fences were cut by a team doing exploration. The fence consist of 2.24 fully galvanised steel wire, 4 strains of wire. Straining posts are 500m apart with poles ...
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Steel stair stringer size

trying to design a straight stair run using steel tubes as stringers. total run = 10'-0". total rise is 8'-8", width 3'-0". Support is only at each end. yes these are steeper than ...
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How can I secure a workout rack to a wooden platform?

I want to secure a "power rack" for weighlifting -- a square cage that supports a barbell so you don't need a spotter for squat and bench press. I'd like to fasten it to a wooden platform. ...
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How to fireproof steel beam in existing (45 year old) house

My living room ceilings were a mess, so I ordered new 2.4m x 1.2m panels and tore it the old stuff down a few hours ahead of delivery. What fun! Not fun was finding that the steel beam in the ceiling/...
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Repair or replace a mail slot on an exterior stucco wall

Our home in LA County was built in 1939 with a thru-wall mail box with a chute into our dining room. The mail slot (the opening) and chute (embedded in the wall) are held by pins that broke off ...
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Will these DIY steel plates for post to beam connections work as well as the commercially available ones?

My soon to be constructed deck will have beams made from three 2x12s sandwiching ½" plywood, sitting on 6x6 posts. This gives both the beams and the posts a width of 5½ inches. To ensure the ...
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Steel Stud Galvanic Isolation

I am building a light-gauge steel frame workshop that is made from 0.55mm cold-formed 90mm x 45mm (2"x4") light-gauge steel studs. The structure is wrapped in 25mm (1") of extruded ...
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Slight plumbing leak in 1930s threaded pipes

I have a 1930s-era house with generally galvanized plumbing. The water-in line is a straight vertical pipe, except for this section which is perpendicular (and copper). The loop part is marked "...
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Can I use a wood top plate on top of a steel track to build a roof-bearing steel frame?

I am building a room within my garage using double studs, double track, steel framing. The outer dimensions for this room are 23' l x 16' 6" w x 10' h, and will share no common walls or ceiling ...
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How to reshape square tube after welding a small square bar along one of the sides

I've welded a few 3 m long square tubes out of mild steel angle bars (1.5x1/8) and along one corner side of the tubes welded a 8 mm square bar with one weld along the corner side of the tubes. Now the ...
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What is this metal bracket called?

I want to connect two parallel, overlapping wooden beams by putting two steel “braces” on each of the ends of the overlapping stretch, so four in total. These braces should look like the one I’ve ...
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How to fix a torn steel cable

A tree fell on my fence made of horizontal steel cable and tore one. What's an economical way of fixing it that's not too ugly? If the solution is to replace the entire cable, what is the end piece ...
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how to compare wood post to steel post

I was going to buy some 4x4 timber for veranda posts. However I have some steel posts 65x65x2mm. I wonder how would one calculate what size steel post can be substituted for the timber post?
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Is this a reasonable way to create a crawlspace over a structural floor?

So, part of my thinking on "how to build a house" includes the use of a structural floor (slab) with a crawlspace framed atop it to provide space for, and access to, service runs. (Air handling ...
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How to remove/cut off a steel post in concrete

As part of some renovation work, I am taking apart a small enclosure on my driveway. Having removed the "walls", I'm left with seven (what look like) galvanised steel posts, embedded in the concrete ...
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what kind of drill bits are these? Trying to drill through flat side of a fence T-Post

I'm trying to drill through 1/4" hard steel. the thicker bit went through relatively easily one time, but on the second go just spins. the thinner bit did not go far .. i think both need to be ...
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Power drill requirements for steel-reinforced concrete

We have the need for a new power drill (old 25+ year Bosch finally died) and I'm trying to determine the requirements for our situation. We are in a new build (European concrete) property with the ...
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What can I do to make my galvanized steel shed stronger?

Here are my specs so far for the shed I am getting made. I plan to use it as a shed for my very large tools. It is 40 ft × 24 ft, with 11 ft high walls. It is made from galvanized steel while the ...
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Construct 3-Sheave Pulleys for Hanging Objects from Rafters

I am trying to create a system of 2 3-sheave pulleys (along with terminal pulleys) that can hoist my hanging plants up to my rafters, such as here: I am happy with my general design but what I am ...
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3-side punched steel channel (strut), image in the post - can't find any equivalents [closed]

I'm looking to install a hoist system mounted to garage ceiling. I was originally going to attach some 2x4s to the ceiling joists and attach pulleys to those, but then decided to go with steel ...
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How aggressive should one be with replacing aged steel pipes in a Norfolk VA brick house?

I'm house-sitting my son's house that he just bought. It is at least middle aged and I'm concerned that it is a hidden cost. The exterior is red brick and the plumbing, as far as I can tell, is all ...
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What kind of caulk should I use to seal up spalling separating from steel porch ceiling

I'd like to do some temporary quick patches to prevent worsening rust and separation of spalling/stucco ceiling underneath a steel outdoor porch/deck. One on the first floor is kinda bad so will ...
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Is a reciprocating saw the right tool to saw 2cm/0.8" hardened steel?

I have a bicycle that's locked with a 2 cm/0.8" hardened steel lock that I have unfortunately lost the key to. I would very much like to get the bike operational again, but all I have is a 900W ...
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Garage Gym - Mounting Folding Squat Rack to Plasterboard Wall

I have purchased this squat rack to go into my garage: Unfortunately, they do not come with mounting instructions and the manufacturer recommends getting a builder in to do it. Instead, I'm going to ...
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How do I use this plumbing connector?

I am looking to attach an unthreaded galvanized steel pipe to either copper or a new unthreaded pipe. See my previous post for details: Should this section of water line be replaced? Per https://www....
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Basement framing around finished window

I'm framing my basement using steel studs. I have this sliding window on the window well (see picture) that already has a finished framing all around and is flush with the concrete wall. How do I ...
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Can I put my Bialetti stainless steel espresso maker in the dishwasher?

I am wondering if there is any harm in putting my stainless steel Bialetti coffeemaker in the dishwasher. I don't think it should rust (because it's stainless steel). But I do wonder if the gasket ...
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Best way to drill square tubing (Without drill press)

When drilling all the way through square tubing, I often snap my drill bits. If it’s not possible to drill from the other side, is it better to drill a slightly bigger hole first followed by a smaller ...
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Galvanized steel hinge screws with stainless steel hinges: What is the risk of galvanic corrosion?

The screws in question are zinc-plated hardened steel screws (1 1/4 in) for use with heavy duty fire-rated stainless steel interior door hinges of unspecified grade. There is a theoretical risk of ...
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Is a stack of steel plate as strong as a single plate of the sum thickness?

I'd like to put a 4'x8' steel plate across my driveway gutter, so cars don't bottom out in the dip. I've seen 1/2" plates used for this, but at 650+ lbs. (https://www.chapelsteel.com/weight-steel-...

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