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What equipment is needed to drill into high carbon steel?

I need to expand an existing 6 mm hole to 8 mm, through a thin, but strong sheet of high carbon steel. The hole should be drilled very straight and cleanly. Can a hand crank drill (such as the one ...
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Mend steel door after break-in attempt

We had a failed break in attempt into a storage room with a quite thick steel door. See images. The lock itself if not damaged and mechanically sound, so even though it looks pretty bad, it's still ...
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Removing or replacing a post supporting a bolted joint in a long glue lam beam [closed]

We bought a home to remodel - and taking down a wall we found that our gluelam beam is actually two different beams, held together with some steel and bolts, and supported by a 4x6 vertical timber. We ...
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Painting Galvanized Fence Bracket

I have some galvanized fence brackets that I want to use on some benches. Before construction I want to paint them black to match a table we have. I have been doing some research on how to do this ...
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Differences Between a Cast Iron or Steel Base for a Belt Sander?

Are there any significant differences between a cast iron base or a steel base for a 4" x 36" belt sander? I know that cast iron tends to be stronger but crack more instead of flexing like how steel ...
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How to connect steel posts to build a shelf unit?

The posts or conduit needs to be galvanized as I'm using this for growing herbs. Im not sure if I would have to get this welded or if theres a simpler way to put something like this together. (...
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What type and quantity of steel reinforcement should I place in a slab under a water tower?

I want to build a water storage tower I was going to build a slab about 2.8 meter by 1.8 meter the tower / storage room would be 2.5 by 1.5 and about 2.5 meters high and built out of concrete blocks ...
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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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Adjustable steel column is raised too high - can I lower it? [closed]

Refer to image: The red beam you see overhead in the picture (which runs perpendicular to the other beam) is directly underneath a hump which runs from the bathroom, into the hallway, and into the ...
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How do I remove dried gorilla glue from stainless steel sink

Sink I tried to unstop a bottle of glue and left in sink Now can't get it up.
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Cut 45 degree angle iron

Hey how do I cut 45 degree angle iron to join them, I used my chop saw but they dont fit? I can send some pictures of the cuts
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How to join steel pipe for decorative purposes

I want to make a hanging bar made of steel pipe and connections for hanging some lamps. But I have no way to make the threads on steel and the only place I've found that does that wants to charge me a ...
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Can I mount a TV on a single metal stud?

I'm finding a lot of conflicting info on this. I have a 53.1 lbs TV (65") that I want to mount using a flush mount (5.9lbs) to my wall. However the studs (24" apart) are off center so I would be ...
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Will Galvanized Steel React with this Ductwork?

I plan to use a galvanized steel patch on this ductwork. Will it react with this ductwork? I'm not sure what it is made out of. Is this ductwork galvanized steel? It's ductwork from a house built in ...
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best way to drill through a window beam

having big problems trying to drill through a reinforced lintel to hang some brackets, i presume the concrete lintel has steel in but using a hss drill bit fails - which are the best type of drill ...
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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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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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How to repair bent scissors?

I have a pair of scissors which I happen to like a lot. Unfortunately, one of the blades is bent towards the other blade, so that a gap forms when the scissors are closed. Bending the blade back with ...
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How to clean up old steel table edge?

Got an old drafting table and there's wood stain and adhesive stuck on the edge: http://imgur.com/a/zyaJ0 How can I remove the layer of gunk and clean it up a bit? Obviously removing the edge would ...
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Setup for attaching drywall to metal studs

What type of screwdriver setup is best to use for attaching drywall to nonstructural steel studs? Yesterday, I tried using my dedicated drywall screwdriver with fine-threaded drywall screws (which ...
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how much weight can this square stock hold

I have a 2" square stock 1/4 thick hollow. It's 210" long. It's being supported on each end by 4". How much weight can it hold in the center It's 1018 cold steel 1/4" rounded edges and hollow. I ...
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First floor of house wobbles!

I've seen similar questions but I'm still stuck for an answer, so I hope someone can help... I've just built what is essentially a two-storey cube, 6m x 6m x 6m. It's a steel construction, a little ...
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steel windows diy design+construction [closed]

I would like your suggestions/experience/opinions on designing steel windows+patio doors, using hollow sections (RHS as they call them) and angle sections. The window style I have in mind (but can not ...
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Steel tube deflection over span

I am installing 16' desktop to a concrete block wall. The back wall and one side will sit on a 2x4 ledger. The opposite short side will be a solid plywood panel to help support weight. The top will ...
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Interior Platform Steel Tube Framing?

I'm building a platform 22.5-23.5" high in a space 88" by 62-64", supports on three side but one free span side for a bed to slide out - the long side, of course. Because of height/width restrictions, ...
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How do I file some steel spikes?

I have 50 steel rods that are 12in long. I would like to know how can I file the end so that its pointy like the image bellow.
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How to cut a rectangle out of a STEEL ruler?

Does anyone know how to cut a hollow rectangle out of a steel ruler? By that I mean cutting a small part out of the standard steel ruler while having the outside part still in tact. So a band saw is ...
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How to enforce wooden shelf with steel strip

I'm making a shelf that'll be 1 meter wide and 2.2 meters long. It's going to be simply supported by wire attached in four corners (with necessary 10 cm space from attachment point to the shelve's ...
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How can I treat or replace steel bolts in aluminum nuts to avoid corrosion?

I have a structure originally built from aluminum extrusion with channels using aluminum T-nuts and steel bolts. Over the years, the steel bolts have rusted, making them prone to stripping at the head ...
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Can I build a staggered steel stud wall?

I want to build a house with steel. I'm interested in building like say 8' wide exterior walls, with staggered studs or double 3' studs to prevent thermal bridging; is this feasible? Are the studs ...
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Load Bearing or Not How Can I Know For Sure

We have an unusual 3 inch thick poured concrete floor in a steel mesh in the ground floor of our house, under this is a basement like area with an old riveted steel across half of it and a couple of ...
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Can a connection be established from copper wire to stainless steel bus for power connection? [closed]

I have this question. A copper cable to be connected(either crimped/ soldered/ pressure/screw fitted) to stainless steel bus bar and the bus bar is to be connected to the power supply of 12 V DC. ...
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Are stainless steel garage cabinets suitable for unheated garage?

I am considering adding stainless steel garage cabinets to my garage such as this one. As you know they are not cheap. My concern is my garage is not heated and it gets wicket cold in north east (...
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How to remove the top foot of inground pool wall?

I have decided to fill in my inground pool next spring, and am doing some upfront planning. My understanding of the "anatomy" of an inground pool wall is this: So as you can see, the concrete patio ...
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How to rip out inground pool's steel walls?

Planning a major house project for next spring. My wife and I decided to fill in our inground pool. Previous owners built it, but not sure when (could be anywhere from late 1970s to early 2000s, ...
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Is an electric heat gun powerful enough to help aid in metalwork?

I've seen videos where metalworkers will heat up some sheet metal with a blow torch to make it more malleable. Could this be done with an electric heat gun (just working with ~1 to 2mm thick steel and ...
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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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Best way to attach a steel t-beam to a wall?

In my new flat I will build a huge platform into one of the rooms. It will be very much like a loft bed, but wider. I'm in a very early planning phase. The room is about 3m across (no plan or exact ...
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DIY Tetherball Pole. Screw in or sink it into the ground

I am going to make an outdoor tether ball Pole. It has to be removable as its for a small city backyard. I have two choices. Get a 10 foot 1.5 inch galvanised steel pipe that is threaded and a 2 foot ...
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Cutting structural steel

I have a few 8-9m lengths of 200x100 rectangular hollow section (5mm) and 150x150 equal angle (10mm) sitting outside. These are to be used to maintain the strength of a brick wall which is having ...
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How to attach a monkey-bar/playground structure to the ground in my backyard?

I would like to build a monkey-bar/playground structure in my backyard. It's not your standard monkeybars, but I made a 3D visualization at staktrace.com/pub/structure.html if that helps. I'm planning ...
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How do I shim a steel structure?

I need to affix my steel stringers to a concrete beam. Since the beam was poorly executed, it is not plumb. On this piece I will weld some 5 mm thick plate on the backing, that will have holes for ...
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How to drill Stainless Steel?

I'm doing a Half-pipe / skate ramp. I have to drill holes in a stainless tube but I wasn't able to with HSS Drill tips last night (I've followed youtube video tutorials). The stainless tube is this ...
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Attaching non-load bearing walls to steel I-beams

I'm preparing to remodel my basement. A steel I-beam runs the length the of the basement with vertical steel columns spaced periodically across the span. The beam is 5" wide and 8" tall. I'm ...
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How to calculate steel beam and posts size to replace existing wood beam in terrace

I have a covered terrace that extends 10' out (West) from the house towards the yard/pool and has a width/span of 32'. The current beam is made up of (2) 2x6 in wood placed side-by-side functioning ...
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Best shoes for walking on a standing seam metal roof?

I went up on my roof this weekend to do some work on an antenna and clean chimneys. It's the first time I've been up there since I replaced the hail damaged asphalt shingles with standing seam steel. ...
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Will big box home supply stores cut Zinc-Plated Slotted Angle pieces to size for customers?

Will big box home supply stores cut Zinc-Plated Slotted Angle pieces to size for customers? Things like The shortest they sell at my local home depot is 5 feet, but from one piece, should they be ...
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How to remove a concrete-filled, steel bollard

I have a set of permanent, steel bollards set into a small concrete slab that I need to remove, in order make room to build a small structure. The steel is 1/4" thick, and the bollards themselves are ...
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How deep should I bury a 4x4 steel post?

I live in West Texas. I need to put up a 4x4 steel post to mount a camera. How deep do I need to bury it? There will be 15 feet above ground.
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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-...