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Loft conversion - steel beam sticking out

Good afternoon, We have started loft conversion today. Sadly after builders uncovered the roof they discovered that unlike structural engineer's assumption (they were buried under insulation), the ...
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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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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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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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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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Best material to protect concrete outdoor retaining wall from BBQ/pizza oven built onto it

Note - I've read Should I insulate my pizza oven between the firebrick base and concrete? and Will a slab poured with mortar stand up to service under a pizza oven? but they aren't rerally what I need....
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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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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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Options for sealing hot rolled (mild) steel with a matte finish?

I'm building a book shelf using 1.5" angle iron made from hot rolled steel as the frame. It's my understanding that this steel will rust even if left indoors. While I like the raw, industrial look of ...
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What lintel to use above bi-fold doors in man cave?

I'm building a man cave in the corner of my garden, the base is finished already, now I'm planning the build from the ground up The structure will be 2.5 metres high and will have a flat roof (rubber)...
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Metalwork - Is it possible to achieve a smooth surface (planishing) with just hammers and slappers?

I am making a motorcycle fender. First time working with metal. I understand the principals of planishing but understand that most people achieve the best effect with a pneumatic hammer or English ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it okay to screw self-tapping screws into a steel lintel of unknown thickness?

I want to install blinds into windows that have a metal lintel. The lintel appears to be a steel beam of unknown thickness. Can I just screw self-tapping screws in there? Should I drill a pilot hole ...
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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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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 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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Steel rod horizontal strength

I'm doing a repair project where I'll be using steel rod cantalievered out to 4'. Can anyone tell me approximately how much weight 1 1/2 and 2" steel rod can carry at 4'?. The deck won't weigh a lot ...
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Rust-resistant 4x4 base for concrete?

I've read several reviews about this Simpson 12-Gauge E-Z Base that say that they began rusting after a few months. I wanted to use them, but they'll be used at a house next to the ocean, so I'm ...
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Adjust a recessed telepost/steel column

I need to lower a bit the teleposts in my house. I have no issues with the procedure per se, but I have issues with access. In particular, I have this situation: Besides the cable, the main issues ...
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How can I run wire rope around the corner of my railing with a turnbuckle?

I have a rooftop that looks like the following. I'll be using turnbuckles to connect each tube to the wire rope. The issue is: what do I do with the corner tubes? If I use the turnbuckles for the ...
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Phosphoric acid before galvanic coating?

I want to protect some mild steel. I have removed all the rust with a flap disk but there are some pits left in the steel. I have tried to remove thse using electrolysis and now with to paint this. ...
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Permanent greenhouse structure materials

I'm planning a permanent greenhouse structure that will be attached on one wall to my house. The estimated size will be about 16ft wide, 45ft long, with the lowest wall being approximately 9ft tall ...
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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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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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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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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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