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Is my stainless steel kitchen sink really chemically dangerous?

Tongue in cheek: Your stainless steel sink is only dangerous if you live in California. Consider moving, and take the sink with you. California passed proposition 65 which makes manufacturers liable ...
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Can I cut out a leak, in the middle of a stainless braided water line, and splice it back, under the kitchen sink?

Unless you have a considerable array of specialized hose-crimping equipment - No, they are disposable, not repairable.
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Is my stainless steel kitchen sink really chemically dangerous?

Chromium-free stainless steel is as common as unicorns producing rainbow ice-cream. Chromium, nickel and many other elements are common alloying elements to alter properties of the steel. They do &...
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Can I cut out a leak, in the middle of a stainless braided water line, and splice it back, under the kitchen sink?

Totally agree with other answers. Replace the leaking jacketed flexible faucet supply line. These things are not that expensive. A typical 12 inch or 16 inch Braided Stainless Steel Flexible Faucet ...
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Can I cut out a leak, in the middle of a stainless braided water line, and splice it back, under the kitchen sink?

You probably could do that and have it last for a few minutes. By the time you found the proper size rubber connector and hose clamps, you'd have spent more than buying a new supply line. And that ...
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I recently moved into a house and it looks like a chemical has been used on the stainless steel drain and left marks. Is it possible to clean it off?

Unfortunately that looks like they used an acid that stripped the chrome finish off. No good way to get that back on.
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Rust in stainless steel?

The rust on the stainless eye came from the steel rope. The zinc galvanizing on the wire rope has corroded away leaving bare steel to rust. Using a stainless wire rope will greatly improve the ...
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Rust in stainless steel?

The screw eyes are not rusting. That's staining from the steel rope which i doubt is galvanized. The rust stains will come off with a little emery paper rub.
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Cutting a stainless tube - without a grinder

Welcome to DIY Home Improvement! 1/8" thick really isn't that bad. You could use a: Hack saw (cheapest method) Reciprocating saw Band saw
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How can I color polished stainless steel?

(Note: original question asked about using wood stain on stainless steel.)I doubt a wood stain would adhere to metal of any sort whatsoever, unless the metal was very rough and the stain settled into ...
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Will Stainless Steel Screws with Galvanized Hinges Cause Corrosion? (Exterior Application, Near Ocean)

The galvanized is going to corrode regardless of the unlikely galvanic affect. Galvanic corrosion is only possible with an electrolyte; So when there is a film of water such as dew. The stainless ( ...
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repairing damage to coating on stainless steel fridge

For future reference, start with things milder than acetone, when whipping out the solvents. I suspect you might be able to take something like white or gray scotchbrite pads (finer abrasive than the ...
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I recently moved into a house and it looks like a chemical has been used on the stainless steel drain and left marks. Is it possible to clean it off?

That appears to be a garbage disposal chrome trim ring. Get another one and replace this one. It's permanently damaged and corroding. Most of these are chrome-plated brass. Once the chrome flakes ...
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How can I remove rust from steel cabinet hinges?

What you have in the picture is not a stainless steel hinge. You are best to replace it. What is in the cabinet that hinges services? The only time I had a cabinet hinge rust like that it was where My ...
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Will Stainless Steel Screws with Galvanized Hinges Cause Corrosion? (Exterior Application, Near Ocean)

Under normal conditions using stainless steel screws with galvanized hinges would not cause much corrosion but there would be a substantial increase in corrosion in a heavy salt spray or salt water ...
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How to restore the brushed finish on stainless steel appliances

Not much to add to what the first link says, which "doesn't give me a good sense that the results won't be disappointing" You do it to SS sinks every time you clean them, w/o noticing... ...
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Most effective way to cut slots into sheet-metals

Your best bet for making these slots would probably be a Dremel (or similar) with a cutoff wheel. Another option would be to simply punch the slots with a sheet metal punch. Not sure exactly what ...
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How can I remove these stainless steel scratches?

I can't tell from the picture, but ideally, if you can remove that piece and work on it freely, here's what you can do: Use a scotch brite pad and uniformly create scratches (the trick is to always ...
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galvanized or stainless turnbuckles for exterior wire rope fence?

Galvanized will last forever in a desert and a few years " close to the ocean". Stainless usually means 304 or 316 ; 316 is better near the ocean . Very pricey but, monel would be the best ; available ...
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galvanized or stainless turnbuckles for exterior wire rope fence?

The age-old question of whether or not to use alloy materials is subjective. cost vs. longevity consequence/cost of failure Rest assured that the galvanized components will fail. You will then be ...
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My 3 inch by 9 grade 316 stainless steel deck screws are breaking

For the screw that is stuck... The easiest way to deal with it is to chop it off and then to take a bigger bit and drill it down a good 1/8"+ so it doesn't ever stick out. Sure you can spend a ...
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Galvanized fasteners into exterior concrete - good enough for 20+ years? Or stainless?

My first deck, years and years ago, I used galvanized lag bolts and they corroded after about 7 years. My next one I used the best deck screws available, guaranteed for the life of the deck, etc. When ...
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Sealing a water pipe leak with hardening compound without disassembly

I’ve used epoxy that I’ve bought from my local plumbing store. Mix the two tubes and apply. It gets very hard. I’ve only used it on small drips and they haven’t leaked since. I’ve even seen it used on ...
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Marine Exterior Lights on Seaside Home

Yes there are stainless fixtures but for the cost I would probably just purchase currently available led floods or wall packs. The fixtures I use are aluminum but are universal voltage rated 100-...
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replacing a chrome cut-off valve with a ball valve for toilet, best material for new valve?

Draining answer After the main valve is closed, open a faucet closest to the main valve than open a faucet furthest away from main vale (second floor). That would create a drain path with drain vent ...
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replacing a chrome cut-off valve with a ball valve for toilet, best material for new valve?

I like the stainless valve. The "chrome " are very likely chrome plated brass , which will work. Because brass and stainless are corrosion resistant in potable water, neither will corrode to ...
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Is my stainless steel kitchen sink really chemically dangerous?

You need not worry, in the least. (At least about the chromium or nickel in the sink coming out to get you) But just for completeness sake: The youtube channel 'Applied Science' did a very neat ...
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Is my stainless steel kitchen sink really chemically dangerous?

Robert Johnson's answer correctly outlines that P65 has caused manufacturers to use the warning legally defensively when the science doesn't actually warrant it. Since none of the answers here explain ...
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Most effective way to cut slots into sheet-metals

Normally, one makes grooves with a router and an appropriate bit (though that's generally in wood - you'd need a specific bit designed for cutting metal), or with a circular saw blade. A table saw ...
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How to polish the narrow side of Stainless Steel gate

The below cones are usually used for polishing car like narrower areas like rim of the car etc. I think you can use this for buffing your stainless steel. I'm not an expert try and see for yourself ...
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