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How can I remove melted plastic from a dryer compartment?

Either throw in the towel now, buy the new plate and install it, or work to remove the plastic. To chip/scrape it off, I'd suggest a hard, stiff, plastic scraper. If you don't have anything like a ...
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Repair cracked plastic

Sheet aluminum and pop rivets. Extra points for using old beer cans as the aluminum source, label side out, but flashing is a bit thicker than today's beer cans. Hairy (loaded with fiber ...
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How can I remove melted plastic from a dryer compartment?

This answer is pretty short, but. . . I'd remove the plate and attack it with a pneumatic wire wheel / wire wheel attachment on a drill. Use at your discretion, wire wheels can be pretty aggressive ...
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Is it required for effectiveness to stretch interior window film?

Tightening the transparent plastic is mainly for cosmetic reasons. As long as the tape stays in place, the plastic will do its job of preventing air flow. If the kit is exposed to buffeting winds ...
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How can I cut a vinyl chair mat to shorten it?

I've cut chair mats by laying them on a flat work surface. Then secure a metal straight edge along the cut line. (In my case I clamped a long piece of aluminum bar stock in place to the work surface ...
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Is it required for effectiveness to stretch interior window film?

The hairdryer step is for two reasons: To prevent noise in drafty situations, and to improve visibility and aesthetics. If you can live without either of those, it'll work just fine. One possible ...
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Should I run cable through pipe?

Better plan: cut out the damaged drywall and install a low-voltage bracket and coax barrel wallplate Some cheap-arse folks do what you see here -- simply punch a hole in the drywall to run low-...
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Effective method for waterproofing a tube through a hole drilled in the side of a bucket?

What you want is called a bulkhead fitting. This has a gasket to make a seal against the container, and threads to connect to whatever fittings you need. Some have outside threads on only one side,...
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How can I remove melted plastic from a dryer compartment?

/those which fire cannot cure, are to be reckoned wholly incurable.”/ - Hippocrates. The metal plate will not burn. The plastic will burn. Remove the cooking grate and fire up your grill. When it ...
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How can I remove melted plastic from a dryer compartment?

The other suggestions here are great, but to add another option I was surprised not to see: I'd consider sandpaper. Optionally wet the sandpaper to keep the plastic from gumming up as it warms up. ...
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Need help identifying plastic grille

If the clothes dryer (possibly Kenmore Elite) was included in the sale it may be the shelf unit that allows you to dry sneakers without them banging.
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How to identify the type of plastic

Most products you purchase will have the information on the label. If no information is provided you can look for a marking similar to the following that will help you identify the type of plastic it ...
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What is a good way to cut hard plastic so it will have a smooth finish?

To smooth up the XActo saw cut (a truly excellent tool), you can often flame-polish most thermoplastics, provided you do so carefully. Flame-polished is smoother & shinier than sanded. Here's the ...
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Drilled into white/cream colored plastic behind drywall, what is it?

No, it's not safe to drill into something unidentified. White PVC is most commonly used for waste water (and vents, which are connected to the waste water lines but carry sewer gas to a vent the ...
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Would wrapping a wood fence post in plastic help protect it?

I have been a fence contractor for 25 years. It is important to keep the soil away from the base of the post. Wood rot starts there because of moisture, microbes and fungus. Post rot does not start ...
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What kind of glue is best for a black plastic kitchen appliance (ABS plastic)?

The surprising (to me) answer may be ABS cement. You probably won't find this in the hardware store glue isle, instead head over to plumbing: You'll want the smallest can possible (e.g. 4oz), and ...
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How to repair the leg of a computer chair

Replacing is probably most practical. But if you really want to fix it, you need something to support the weight. Tape and glue aren't going to do it. I would find a length of strong pipe (check the ...
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How do I repair a broken polystyrene part?

Forget trying to glue it, repair it some other way. "McGyver" it. Like maybe buy a lock hasp of appropriate size and use the staple, which is the piece that the lock shackle would go through ...
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What could one spray inside solid core door to protect wood and create a tunnel?

I think if you use a couple coats of good primer and a finish coat of enamel paint, you should be fine. Just be sure to work it into the wood well. Two thin coats are always better than one thick coat....
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How to drill plastic without the bit "grabbing" it?

Sandwich the workpiece between two pieces of wood, clamp it all together, clamp the whole assembly so that it can't go spinning off into oblivion, then drill through the whole thing. You'll also want ...
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Attaching a heavy plastic object - of which I can't access the inside - to the side of an office table

Why not create a shelf-like support using two or three angle brackets to support the weight of the docking station? The vertical leg of the bracket could be screwed into the side of the desk, and ...
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Change plastic bands in chair?

You've got to pull the band toward you when you're at the edge of the chair and get some slack where the band goes around the frame. Then use a screwdriver to gently pry the band out of the slot on ...
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Can I attach heavy glass enclosure to plastic shower

Glass shower enclosures are typically supported by the walls and specifically studs in the walls. Often they will be attached through the shower surface (tile, granite, etc.) if it's structurally ...
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Best cheap plastic for DIY whiteboard

I have gone through many different versions of whiteboards; purchased and DIY. Quickly, they all become terrible and the ink is difficult to erase. I tried car wax to condition the plastic as well ...
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How can I remove melted plastic from a dryer compartment?

One solution I'm surprised no one has mentioned: if the plastic has dried on hard, it's probably brittle. Try removing the metal plate and hitting the plastic a few times with a hammer. The metal ...
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How can I remove melted plastic from a dryer compartment?

Instead of using the heat gun on the plastic, use it on the grate on the opposite side as the plastic. Then you can heat up less plastic and have it concentrated on just the parts that are stuck to ...
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Repair broken button from dishwasher controller plastic case

Have you tried looking for a secondhand part? Or a similar model dead from pump failure etc. Our plastic handle/fascia broke. £70 for new one. Taped it up then put a search on a well known auction ...
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Install plastic between drywall ceilings and rafters?

the plastic will trap moisture in your sheetrock and can cause black mold some areas require hazmat teams for black mold removal, Ran into this a few years ago and it was quite expensive for the home ...
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Repair fridge door shelves

Plastic models are made out of polystyrene. The cement that is used to glue model parts together melts the parts and forms a weld. It is not an adhesive and actually works much like PVC cement. ...
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