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What is this Z-Shaped Alumnium Under The Soffit?

It's just a generic aluminum Z-flashing, likely custom made for your house by or for the contractor who installed the soffit. Once everything is set up it takes only minutes to make 10 foot lengths of ...
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What screws can be used with Aluminum windows?

One of the major national manufacturers, suggest the following for aluminum windows: 1 3/4" galvanized roofing nails or #8 x 1 1/4" pan head or washer head (stainless steel recommended) ...
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Add aluminum wiring in a house with copper

Virtually all 30A devices will be supplied with terminals compatible with aluminum. Large feeder wire was never the problem with aluminum wiring. 10 & 12 Ga Aluminum wire on copper/brass terminals ...
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Add aluminum wiring in a house with copper

Yes, that sounds like a fine idea. My only suggestion is to upsize another step to #6 alumimum. This will place you more definitely in the "heavy feeder" category (which as Ecnerwal ...
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How to install grab bar in aluminum siding

A grab bar should be mounted into studs. Most likely it is near a door, so get a stud sensor and find where the studs are from the inside. Should have two studs together at the door side and the next ...
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What screws can be used with Aluminum windows?

Instructions for the ones I installed did not suggest there was any problem with using standard steel screws. Remember that galvanic reaction is mostly an issue when the metals are immersed in liquid, ...
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Attach aluminum tube securely to base without welding/soldering?

I would use an aluminum safety rail floor flange. Something like this Hollaender 45-5 square floor flange:
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Dirt or concrete for Aluminum fence posts?

Do not use concrete. Concrete and aluminum have incompatible issues. Dirt and compact it well, every 2" or so as you refill the hole.
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Is this house wired with copper and at least a 100A service?

If all the wires coming into the breakers are copper, you probably have copper wiring. There is some chance that there's aluminum wire elsewhere in the house. You'd have to inspect some switch and ...
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What are these kind of assemble-able "Erector" sets generally known as or called?

Those are usually just called T slot aluminum extrusions. The 80/20 one is by far the most common style but now there are alternative standards created in the past few years such as MakerBeam http://...
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New ceiling fan socket with copper wiring

This is not aluminum, but tinned copper instead There is no reason to use aluminum at such small wiring sizes; what you see instead on such finer-stranded fixture wires is tinned copper. This is ...
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Soldering copper pigtails to aluminum wire

A lap-soldered joint like that is good enough for low-voltage low-current low-risk electronics. But it has never been approved for The Big Stuff, and in fact, is unprecedented. There was a standard ...
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Can diamond blade cut aluminum and brass rods?

My question has been answered in comments, providing a summary of it: As @GregNickoloff and @blacksmith37 mentioned that it might be possible for a few cuts but it would probably ruin the blade (wear ...
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Add aluminum wiring in a house with copper

As long as the ends (breaker and receptacle) are both marked for Aluminum use, technically everything will be fine. However, some jurisdictions may place their own limitations on use of aluminum wire. ...
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How can I find replacement extruded aluminum?

You should be able to polish that extrusion and re-use it. I'd try a fine-grit sandpaper or wire brush and then progressively finer grits until it looks clean. I don't think there's any reason to go ...
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What screws can be used with Aluminum windows?

Get rust free screws. SS or zinc screws do not rust. Galvanized is risky, since it is just iron covered with thin coating Al screws do not hold (to soft) If you are worried about galvanic currents, ...
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What screws can be used with Aluminum windows?

Without an electrolyte (salt), galvanic corrosion will be minimal. The aluminum windows on my house are attached with zinc screws. They are fine after 35 years. A small amount of rust, but they will ...
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Why are my oven knobs turning pink?

Yes, as @brhans says, that definitely looks like copper has been exposed, so there is no way to go back to the nickel/aluminum color. (Copper turns that color when exposed to vinegar.) I would ...
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will any glue bond 2 long, bendable metal components

I'd screw it. I'm afraid that any glue that can flex would be too soft for the bond you're looking for, and any glue that would prevent flexing would lose it's bond if flexed. Or have it welded.
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How can I tell if I have a carbide tipped blade?

Is there any way I can determine by looking at the blade itself if it is a carbide tipped blade As keshlam pointed out If the blade is carbide-tipped, each tooth will have a piece of carbide ...
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What type of aluminium to use for decorative trim?

1/2" by 1/2" by X (long) aluminum angle with an eased outside edge if you can find it, and countersunk by you or held in with adhesive. If it's going to look exactly like that picture, you cannot use ...
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Compatibility of aluminum fittings with brass rough-in valve

I want to post the answer I discovered after trial and error. I installed an aluminum thermowell in the brass faucet fitting. I wrapped the aluminum in PFTE tape but since the threads are sharp they ...
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Is it possible to use a router to cut a slot in aluminum?

I have used wood tools (mitre saws, circular saws) to cut aluminum with no ill effects to either the equipment or the work piece. Just don't try to take too big of a bite with the router. You don't ...
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Is it possible to use a router to cut a slot in aluminum?

I cut aluminum all the time with carbide cutters. Both skill saw and router. I find the best advice would have a jig or block of wood clamped for a router to help keep your line where you want it if ...
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Best way to join two vertical aluminium poles

This gets close to opinion, but I'd lean toward the internal sleeve. It can be extra long without being unsightly, which will give a bit more strength. The external plates would probably be fine. ...
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Solar panel as a hatch and Is sleeping under a solar panel safe?

wonder if there are any chemical reactions or gases that will enter the van as a result of the back side of the solar panel working No. Solar panels are inert. I also know solar panels need ...
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Soldering copper pigtails to aluminum wire

I’d like to thank this community for helping me get my thoughts in order on my project. As I understand it there are 2 basic methods to remediate aluminum wiring: Metalurgical connection to a copper ...
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Which door is strongest?

There’s “good”, “better”, and “best” in everything. Using the “best” steel door (and frame) is going to be stronger than the “best” aluminum door. The doors you are proposing are on the lower end of ...
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Which door is strongest?

This isn't a door problem, it is a concept problem. Any decent metal (steel or aluminum) door will hold of a bear until he is barely standing. The things I will point out as your weak points.... I ...
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Why did this aluminum bar 'splash' when I tried to drill a hole?

The high speed/rpm was correct, but try with less pressure to aid the chip evacuation for a cleaner finish and less deformation at the mouth of the hole. Use low enough pressure to the point that you ...
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