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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 can I treat and prevent rust in steel wire rope?

After 8 years of questions, I finally completed the fence. The issue I’m having now is that the loops in the steel are rusting at a pretty fast rate. I’m looking to spray them with something that will ...
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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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Building a metal stud wall on a tilted / unlevel surface? (how to use a level?)

I'm building a wall + door frame for the first time to cover the opening of a box van with the rear door ripped out. The van is not sitting level; the tires have blown out on the right side so it's on ...
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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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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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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 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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Should I use steel or wood studs for basement exterior walls?

Related: When should you use metal studs? I'm planning on finishing my basement. (assuming all water issues are resolved) I'll be putting up a water barrier (tar paper) on all exterior walls, ...
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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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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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Aluminum vs galvanized vs stainless tubing for fence with railing?

I'm building a simple fence that's composed of 1" or 1.5" OD x 0.065" wall x 4-ft tube soldered to a stainless steel base that's bolted to concrete. This fence will have a wood rail at the top. ...
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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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Is stainless steel water piping more durable than copper?

After thirty years of usage, the plumbing in my house is starting to fail progressively. The water pipes in my house is made of copper, one of which is suffering from pitting, which results in a pin-...
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Water Dripping out of Overflow Pipe outside of house near my kitchen?

I have a overflow? pipe near the kitchen drain on the outside of the house that's been leaking as of late, and I'm curious if anyone knows what the pipe is, what it does, and how to fix the issue? ...
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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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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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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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What are the pros and cons of steel vs. aluminum metal roofing?

I'm considering a new roof for my suburban home. The home is about fourteen years old and the shingles are in so-so shape. We have had two leaks already and I've been told that means it is a good ...
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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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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 are rivnuts measured and what eyebolt fits?

At Amazon, I've seen RN14 1/4"-20 steel rivet nuts, RN516 5/16"-18 steel rivet nuts, RN1024 #10-24 steel rivet nuts, 1/4-20UNC, 3/8-16, M3, M5, etc. I also saw the following image explaining the ...
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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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what kind of sheet-metal screw do I need for wood to 1/8" steel?

I am trying to attach pieces of 2-by wood to the frame tubes of a conex shipping container. The steel is about 1/8" thick. I probably need screws at least 1/4" diameter to get the strength I need (...
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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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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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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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Can I replace the engineer's I-Beam recommendation with a different one?

I'm removing a load bearing wall and the structural engineer recommended a W8x15 steel I-beam. It would save me a lot of effort if I could use a 6" beam instead. So I'm trying to calculate the ...
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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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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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Do I run screws through the “tops” or through the “bottoms” of the corrugated steel in roofing?

Suppose I want to cover a roof with corrugated steel sheets. Imagine a sheet laying on the roof. It will have "tops" - zones that are further from the roof surface and "bottoms" - zones that are ...
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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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Treating/restoring steel for/after drilling

Specific example: my bicycle takes an allen wrench (hex key) that has a centre hole in it (for security purposes, a pin in the socket prevents a normal key from being used. So I made a spare by ...
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How can I calculate the yield strength of steel tube?

There's a lot of information -- and even some debates -- on which has a stronger yield strength between square and round steel tube. The majority points to square when the dimensions are equal at the ...
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Can an ordinary power drill drill through steel?

It's my dad's drill and it's a Bosch. I'm not sure about the model no. etc because the box is missing together with the manual. He's been using it to drill holes in wood to install doors and also ...
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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 to attach an appliance bracket to a stainless steel table?

I need to attach this base plate to a stainless steel table in a commercial kitchen. It'd be attached to the top surface off to the side. It's for a commercial size can-opener. How do I go about ...
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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 ...