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How can I drill a hole in metal without sending shavings everywhere?

Two ways I know of. One: run a high-volume, high-speed vacuum with the hose inlet right against the drilling point. Two: fill the drill flutes with axle grease (shortening from the kitchen should ...
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The smell of metal (mainly brass)

Brass musical instruments are coated with clear lacquer to prevent contact with skin acids from corroding the metal -- and it's corrosion products left on your skin that you're smelling. You should ...
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How to find exact same position on opposite side of a metal sheet before drilling through it when measuring on both sides is not possible?

What I do in these cases is to use a centre punch to put a dent in the metal where you want the hole. Then on the other side you can see a small raised lump - the opposite of the dent. The dent will ...
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How can I drill a hole in metal without sending shavings everywhere?

Here's a quick hack to ensure no metal bits escape your work piece. •Use a drill for sheet metal. (Small holes use a twist drill.) •Use a punch to slightly dent the metal where you want to drill to ...
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How to straighten a bent tent-peg

Especially aluminium tent pegs are a bit tricky. Most metals will become harder as they are 'worked' (as in getting bent) and the initial bend when you hit the stone will have the effect that the bend ...
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How to remove the the lip on pull top cans

I wanted to see if my idea of pressing the lip in would work, so I opened a can, emptied it and looked for my favorite pair of pliers. These are not it, but they would have to do. My first attempt ...
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How to rid steelware of metallic taste

A bit of a late answer but after researching this a tad myself I may have a bit of relevant data and conjecture to contribute in the case that anyone may see this topic as well and desire a way to rid ...
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How can I remove a magnet stuck to a metal bar (under my table)?

It looks as though the magnet is stuck to a raised black metal piece, and "above" it is non-magnetic wood. My solution is to slide one end of the magnet "up", so it sticks out over the wood area. Once ...
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Cleaning hydrochloric acid stains from metal

I had the same problem - the stains on my stainless steel sink were caused by pool acid. I used Brasso and the stains are completely removed.
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Cleaning sliding window gap

I would try the following: 1) Scour the trough with steel wool, to loosen all particles. 2) Brush the loosened particles to one end of the trough. 3) Use a vacuum (especially with a narrow ...
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How to find exact same position on opposite side of a metal sheet before drilling through it when measuring on both sides is not possible?

Using a magnet would not work if the metal is magnetic (any steel or nickel alloy) as the magnetic force is more-or-less lost in the middle. I can understand how a motor vehicle would be challenging ...
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Cleaning black grime from bolts and screws after heavy metal workshop?

Vinegar. Leave submerged for 24 hours or, depending on grime, spray it on a cloth or towel to wipe the dirty surfaces off. Then, rinse lightly, scrub with a light abrasive like baking soda then rinse ...
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Cleaning black grime from bolts and screws after heavy metal workshop?

The usual way to remove industrial lubricant is to: Remove as much excess from the surface as possible with absorbent 'wipes.' You may wish to wear protective coverings for your hands and face. ...
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How to remove the the lip on pull top cans

A safety can opener removes the lid rather than cutting through it. I have this one https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H92WATA/ref=cm_sw_r_em_apap_cHX2dtuMOXSZI
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How to remove the the lip on pull top cans

You can Hack the Procedure To Open the Container. Flip the can over onto the top. (That side is usually cleaner, anyway.) Ignore the pull-top and open the bottom of your cans to get a clean-cut rim ...
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How to remove the smell of chemicals from brand new kitchenware?

I have a lot of vintage and antique appliances. When I want to strip then free of gunk I soak them in a pail with The Works toilet bowl cleaner which contains hydrochloric acid, then rinse VERY well, ...
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How to remove the smell of chemicals from brand new kitchenware?

My parents used to have an almost identical meat grinder that we used not all that frequently back in the 80's and 90's. It was old then. The reason I'm telling you this is because it was often very ...
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How to remove whitener from bench?

If the bench is unpainted metal, you can simply scrape the dried correction fluid off with a knife or other blade. Be gentle so you don't scratch the metal surface too.
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How to clean permanent marker off metal

So called "permanent" markers are water insoluble. They are easily removed with most any kind of non-water based solvent such as paint thinner. Use a slightly damp paper towel to remove a bit at a ...
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Removing Liquified Plastic Layer Residue From Notched Metal Surface

Remove the burner with the melted plastic. Take it to a hardware store for their inspection and advice. Do not turn the burner on until the burnt plastic has been removed by someone (not you) who ...
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How can I drill a hole in metal without sending shavings everywhere?

Don't use a drill. Use a punch. Talk to your local "maker spaces" and see who has a Rotex. Or, just get a manual punch and a nice lead hammer, and a hunk of hardwood to drive through. BAP. You'...
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How can I drill a hole in metal without sending shavings everywhere?

How about a sheet of plastic immediately inside --- then vacuum the chips off the plastic. Edit: While this won't totally avoid the problem, it may help to collect the chips that otherwise may fall ...
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How can I remove a magnet stuck to a metal bar (under my table)?

Use a c clamp and tighten it around the magnet. Now you have good grip you can pull the clamp with great force finally take apart the magnet
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The smell of metal (mainly brass)

I have a brass vape tip that I vape out of all the time. To get rid of any brass taste, I put wax Chapstick on and coat the tip and also wear the chapstick. It works awesome! I thought it would work ...
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Cleaning hydrochloric acid stains from metal

I have just buffed out hydrochloric acid stains in my kitchen sink using a car cutting compound with the aid of a felt pad on my Dremil rotary tool. It has come up very well, hopefully my wife will ...
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How to pick up small metal objects from the floor

The tool built for what you're trying to do is called a "Magnetic Sweeper" or a "Magnetic Pickup Tool." They are generally built for cleaning up around construction sites (e.g. finding all the roofing ...
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How to pick up small metal objects from the floor

I rely on the efficiency of a plain ole broom and dustpan. I've successfully used the combo to pick up smaller and larger things from flat and irregular surfaces for years. No electricity is necessary ...
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