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Steel basement beam rusting [closed]

We supply steel beams in Western NY and we apply a structural steel primer to all beams. We have a customer who has beams that are rusting in a basement. The beams have been in place for 3-4 years, ...
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Polycarbonate exterior wall on steel frame building [closed]

I'm doing some research on constructing a steel framed house. I initially thought aluminum sheets would be cheaper and lighter than steel. But polycarbonate sheets would be even lighter, cheaper and ...
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Hollow wall anchoring options for steel sided van cooler

Would a hollow wall anchor, such as a "Midwest Fastener 3/8" x 2-1/16" SR Zinc Expansion Hollow Wall Anchor" be suitable for securing strut channel to the exterior of a steel sided ...
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Does this Desk draft seem sufficently sturdy

I am trying to design a 96" x 25" desk using 1.5" thick butcher block and 3/4" galvanized steel pipe. I would be using this as a craft desk, to hold a 50lbs pc, and a small ...
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Steel H beam sizing for 42 foot length, 18 foot maximum free span. What size do I need?

I am building a new house. It is a simple 2016 ft2 rectangle. 42X48 feet. One single story above a basement. I need to maximize head room in the basement. Two steel beams will span the 42 foot ...
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Framing a glass greenhouse

I would like to build a greenhouse using an existing steel frame structure that is already erected. It is 20L X 20W X 10H. I have many large sheets of 1/8" tempered glass to use for this. Will ...
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How do I "rethread" a bolt/screw so it can be tightened?

This is a base for an exterior umbrella. The screw isn't threading to the base anymore so I can't tighten it. Is there an inexpensive way to "rethread" screws? Right now, it just spins.
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What material (sealant) to use on fasteners on steel roof

Some screws/fasteners have started to leak on my garage steel roof. It’s a large roof (22’x60’). I need to seal all the fasteners…and there are a lot ! The previous owner used the screws on both the ...
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How do I remove concrete stain from steel or steel roof without damaging it

During the masonry work , lots of things like this got spoiled due to careless workmanship. How should I remove the concrete without really damaging the steel behind it ? I tried scratching it with ...
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Why paint is peeling from the steel

It's been a year since the pipe is painted, But it's peeling. I paid good money for painting this from high quality brand. But just want to understand the factors behind the peeling so next time when ...
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I want to open up my kitchen by taking down a load bearing brick wall [closed]

The clear span would be 22ft plus what would have to sit on posts. I want a steel beem preferably because it would be exposed under the trusses. My question is what type I would need and what load ...
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How to polish the narrow side of Stainless Steel gate

Due to welding, the SS gate looks unpolished. The problem is buffing wheel is not reaching the edges. It's too narrow to buff the corners and edges. Likewise I have installed Stainless Steel Hand ...
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How should I enlarge 2 holes in the top plate of a lally column to match beam holes. The four holes were incorrectly measured. See Photo

GC removed rusted lally column, but they screwed up and only 2 holes aligned enough to bolt. Remaining 2 holes have to be drilled out to align with my beam that holds up the house. Told GC not to ...
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Cut 30” circle from 3/16” steel plate using portable bandsaw

I have a 31” x 31” x 3/16” mild steel plate. I want to cut a 30” circle from the the plate. Purpose: The plate/disc will be the base of a custom charcoal barbecue/raised fire pit. I’ve seen various ...
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What torque value for bolts that are holding a steel beam to reinforce a wood floor beam

Question up front: What torque do I use on these bolts? See Answers to Comments and new info below. Details: I’ve got a 100-year-old home that has a 6x6 wood beam running down the center of the main ...
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Derusting and protecting the inside of a steel fence tube

I have some fence and gate posts made of square steel tubing that were left open on the top. Rain happily collects down the holes so I drilled a weep hole to let the water that collects out. More than ...
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Is my stainless steel kitchen sink really chemically dangerous?

My stainless steel kitchen sink arrived with the P65 warning for Nickel and Chromium. Will these chemicals leach into the water over time? Are they present on the surface? Can they be absorbed in my ...
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Will 3/4" square steel bar support an 8 foot MDF desktop? [duplicate]

So basically, I want to make a desk that is 8 feet long of MDF with a veneer top and hardwood trimming, I haven't worked extensively with MDF before and I have read a lot complaints about sagging over ...
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What type of bit do I use to drill holes in stainless steel? Nothing seems to work

I recently bought some Damascus 1 inch ring stock (304 and 316 stainless). I sliced off about 8 mm of it using a bandsaw. I then stuck it in a vice and attempted to drill through it. I have tried ...
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repairing damage to coating on stainless steel fridge

Ok people, I really screwed up. We recently bought a floor display fridge from Lowes. Because it was a floor display it didn't come with a box. Delivery staff taped the doors with packaging tape, ...
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How should I attach sacrificial anodes to steel columns in concrete?

Soldier pile retaining wall. We're putting 25 foot long w8x48 beams into 16 foot deep holes and filling with concrete. So the steel beam is encased in concrete. I would like to increase their ...
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New Exterior Door Needs to be Trimmed - Slab vs. Pre-Hung, and Material [closed]

I'm redoing a small exterior door that is not a standard size. Width is about 80", but height is closer to 77"-78". From what I can tell, the existing door was a simple slab door that ...
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Ideas for frame around a pillar outside for mounting fixtures without damaging the pillar

Australia. Owner in a top floor unit with a large outdoor area. I want to attach screen to a wall and pillar, using some kind of rear mounted post, (like one of those 'screen up' rear mount posts), or ...
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Cannot figure out how to drywall basement wall underneath steel beam!

As you can see in the picture there is about a 3/8” offset from my beam to the studs. I would just shim it to cover that gap but the doors are framed for 1/2 drywall and the other side of this wall is ...
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Determining a good steel bar for spit roast

I'm preparing to build a spit roast in my back yard in preparation for a lamb roast party in the future. I have next to no experience working with metals of any kind, and as the steel rods/pipes I'm ...
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Do 6-way corner brackets exist?

I'm trying to mount a 2x2" horizontal cross for guy lines to a central vertical 2x2" post. Forgive my 3d art, but here's a picture. Each post intersects at the same point and all posts are ...
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Looking for steel pipe glides that have ball bearings for smooth movement and that can hold a lot of weight [closed]

This may not be the right place to ask this, but I'm not sure where is really. I'm looking to build something in my home that slides in and out on steel pipes, about 1.5-2" in diameter, and that ...
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Drill bit breaks when exiting material (Drilling Steel)

When drilling stainless steel on a drillpress and clamping my workpiece on a machine vise the drill likes to grab the material right at the time when the exit hole reaches its final diameter. If I'm ...
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How should I splice NM cable to get through a replacement beam?

I'm remodeling my kitchen and removing a load bearing wall. Existing triple 2x10 beam has cables that pass thru it via drilled holes. Structural engineer has spec'd a W8x24 I-beam to replace the ...
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Hanging a left hinged door as a right hinged door

I purchased a steel door that has hinges on the left side, if you’re standing inside the home. The door opens into the house, can I simply install the door with the hinges on the right? This will put ...
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Replace steel post with aluminum

I have a steel post that is 4" x 4" x .250" wall. it is exposed in the Florida keys and want to replace with aluminum. It sits on a concrete floor and supports a concrete floor above. ...
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What size square tubing or pipe do I need for a Scaffold

I want to make a small scaffold about 2.5 metres high with a base about is 2.5 x 1.2 meters- for my self I am about 75kg - Please can you advise What size galvanized tubing do I need ? would 20 x 20 ...
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What is the best wind-resistant wood-to-tube post installation using mechanical adapters?

I am installing a privacy fence using 29 gauge PBR panels and mechanical fence post adapters similar to the Simpson Strong-Tie pictured below. Each panel will overlap one another and each post by at ...
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Maintenance of this range hood exhaust vent through the roof

As you can see, the vent in question cuts through a Colorbond (steel) roof top. Its contact with the roof is sealed with silicon. My question is: what do I need to know about the maintenance? Can the ...
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Load bearing steel post rusted

At my mum's place, there's a steel post holding up the lintel over a sliding door because the wall next to the door has a box air con in it. However, it's badly rusted at the bottom due to the rain we'...
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What are the "pinch" marks on steel rods called that stop something from sliding past and how do you make them?

I've seen these kind of marks on several steel rods, usually axles, but I don't know how are they called and which tool makes them. They are usually used to stop something, like a washer, go past them....
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Whether and how to remove slag from stick welding crevices

I am learning stick welding and yet to learn how to make smooth welds without crevices. But I already have quite a few now and wonder what to do with them. I tried to remove the slag inside them with ...
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How can I extend a square hollow section (SHS) steel post?

When I bought a steel patio kit, I thought I would put one of its square hollow section (SHS) steel posts on the existing balcony so I ordered it in two and half meters. However, I have changed my ...
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Will Stainless Steel Screws with Galvanized Hinges Cause Corrosion? (Exterior Application, Near Ocean)

I have a set of galvanized hinges for a shed door. The shed is located 50 feet from the ocean. Very salty air. The hinges didn't come with screws and I'm having a hard time finding suitable galvanized ...
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How can I reduce the effects of dilatation of wood on a steel deck?

I am planning to build an outdoor deck at my house. The dimensions will be 3x9 m. The base of the deck will be short concrete columns and on them I'd like to place a frame made of steel bars. The top ...
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Bench grinder sparks and gloves... (a question) [closed]

I'm wondering about others' preferences if and when you wear gloves while using a bench grinder. I am aware that gloves are not always a good idea since glove material can get caught in the works and ...
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How much weight can 14 gauge 3” square tubing support?

I’m trying to determine the load that will be subjected to a fence I want to build. The idea is that the posts of the fence will be constructed or 3x3-inch 14 gauge square tubing with stringers sized ...
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Should my new steel stairs have a rubber gasket under for flexing?

Building an all steel staircase in my workshop, with 6" C channel stringers. I'm wondering if I should put some rubber inner tube under the plates at the bottom of the stringers on the concrete ...
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Steel electrical boxes downstream of a 100 amp subpanel

Do steel electrical boxes need to be grounded downstream of an unbonded 100 amp subpanel?
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Using narrow (25mm-27mm) steel studs for walls

I did some research, watched some videos. All of those shows how to install standard steel studs for walls (50mm-100mm x 50 mm). For ceiling there are more narrow studs, like 60mm x 27mm or 60mm x ...
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Strengthening a gazebo roof support rod that was previously bent

Snow fell on my gazebo while I still had the canopy on it. It bent the rods inwards and downward. I have managed to straighten them as much as I could, but I feel like they need to be strengthened ...
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How do I replace the shutoff valve on steel pipe? [duplicate]

Can anyone tell me what I’m working with here? I’d like to replace this gnarly shutoff valve (for a toilet) with one of the newer style quarter turns. It’s an old house, and I believe the supply pipe ...
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Angle iron vs rectangular tubing for utility trailer

I am preparing to build my own utility trailer. Is there a source for comparing angle iron strengths vs rectangular tubing? As I general rule, for the same size and thickness, tubing is stronger. A ...
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Using angle steel as stair tread cleats

My walkout basement concrete pit was poured with a 36" wide area for the steps you can walk up to get to grade (sorry for the crude ASCII art): w +---+ | | | +--------+ | | +-----...
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How to clean (and maintain) oxidation off powder coated steel

I just bought a used powder-coated steel rack that has some signs of wear and oxidation. I was wondering how best to clean/restore it, without damaging the coating. Is using water/vinegar potentially ...
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