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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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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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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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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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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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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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Replacing a broken plastic switch for a range hood

If there is room for it, you could get a small angle bracket, saw/file it to size, and glue it to replace the broken paddle. OR Build out a big rectangular chunk around the back of the plastic handle ...
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Replacing a broken plastic switch for a range hood

First thing I'd do is contact the manufacturer. Most of them sell replacement parts. If replacements aren't available, and I had to fix it? The two things in the bottom photo are the actual switches. ...
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Glue broken plastic locking mechanism of Bosch vacuum cleaner

Gluing plastic is difficult - more or less so depending on the plastic type. I'd be inclined to drill holes for 4 metal pins on both halves, to have something to carry the stress that broke it 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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Pros and cons of plastic/gravel shed bases vs concrete base

I would definitely recommend gravel for the primary reason that it will drain moisture away from the shed more quickly than concrete. As far as the plastic grid+gravel method, I don't really have ...
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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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Trouble with solvent welding waste pipes

The pipe joints are tapered. They only fit right when softened by solvent. You should not be attempting to get them fully in when dry-fitting, it should not even be possible to do so. The dry-fit is ...
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Repair cracked plastic

Buy a replacement hood ASAP if you have this thing sitting outside. An old hood will cost you $50. Everything under it will wear/rust much faster with no hood.
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Recommendations for drilling a lot of small holes in various plastics (ABS/PVC/Acryl)

The scope of your project requires an equally large scope of preparation. Swap out the ladder for a scaffold system. Replace the hand drill with, at a minimum, a drill jig to keep alignment while you ...
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how to glue the broken plastic pieces that dovetails the faucet valve

You should look with great care and bright light for some indication of a brand name somewhere on the faucet. Because a replacement part is really the only viable solution (short of replacing the ...
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Drilling a 1-1/8" hole in plastic with a Dremel

While this can be done with a Dremel (I've done it), you'll get a much better result picking up a paddle bit or hole saw and a hand drill. If the exactness of 1.125" is not particularly required, you ...
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Can I repair a luggage caster housing with Sugru?

It's unlikely that suguru will be durable enough for your requirements. It's a flexible material, but not a high-wear sort of product. On the other hand, if the hand-moldable aspect of suguru fits ...
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Attaching a heavy plastic object - of which I can't access the inside - to the side of an office table

To go off of what bib recommended, If you would like to keep the same vertical orientation for the dock, I would investigate using a wall mount magazine rack like these one: Some factors you would ...
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How can I remove plastic film from porcelain tile?

You could try gently warming up the plastic film with a hair dryer. Sometimes the adhesive attraction between the plastic and the smooth surface of the tile will begin to let go as heat is applied ...
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