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How To Cut Steel Pipe

For a thin sheet of pipe, you can easily use a pair of compound snips or a nibbler to cut through it. However, it will be more difficult if you want to cut a steel pipe. It is thicker; hence, it would need different types of tools for this job. For cutting steel pipe, you would need some kinds of saws including hacksaw and power say. Torches can also be used in order to cut steel pipe.

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A Quick Guide On How To Cut A Square Hole In Wood

When you work on your woodworking projects, you might in the need of cutting a piece of wood into different shapes: round, square, rectangle, you name it. Creating the outer figure is one thing. Cutting the geometric inner figures into different shapes is much more difficult.

You need to make sure that you have the perfect cut while keeping the other areas outside the cut intact. Among all types of geometric shape, a square hole is the easiest to cut, especially when you have a square or rectangle. In these cases, you can have cuts which are parallel to the sides of the piece of wood.

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How To Bend And Cut Rebar

Rebar is a form of steel concrete reinforcing bars which are widely used in constructing and forming building structure. It can also be used for reinforcing concrete work. While the rebar is tough, it can be easily bent for it to be used in landscaping as well as other art projects.

There are several types of rebar with different sizes. One of the most common types of rebar which is used by DIY hobbyists is the #4 rebar. It is ½ inch in diameter. With this rebar, you can use a hacksaw to cut. On the other hand, with a bigger rebar, possibly the one that is used in industrial concrete work, you would have to use hydraulic shears or benders for the job. A cutting and bending machine is also a great choice for you if you want to cut a lot of rebar in a short amount of time.

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The Ultimate Guide On How To Cut Formica

Formica is a form of a plastic laminate. Many DIY hobbyists like to work with this type of material as it is versatile. In addition, it offers a huge selection of colors, textures, and finishes. Whatever color and texture that you need for your project, you would be able to find it in Formica. Moreover, this material is easy to work with thanks to its durability. You can choose a jigsaw, a circular saw or a laminate router for cutting Formica, depending on different needs. For a thinner sheet of Formica, you can use a utility knife for the project.

Nevertheless, if it is the first time that you have to deal with Formica, you might get into some common problems such as getting cracks and flakes when you try to cut this material. Follow this guide below for how to cut formica without having to encounter such problems.

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Easy Ways On How To Cut Lexan

Lexan is also known as Polycarbonate. It is a type of lightweight plastic that you can use for various DIY home projects, construction projects as well as backing board. You can also use Lexan as a layer to add extra insulation to a wide range of items, from your corrective lenses, protective windshields and bottles. Thanks to the nature of the plastic, it is quite easy to cut Lexan with various types of tools.

Today, we will show you how to cut Lexan with our step by step guide. Most importantly you need to think about the right tool for the project. The choice of which tool to uses depends on the thickness of a piece of Lexan, the patters you want to cut and the purpose of the project. Then you can follow the other steps on handling the chosen tool to cut Lexan nicely and smoothly.

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How To Harden Wood – 3 Ways

A piece of rotted wood deserves a second chance. Do you know that sometimes, wood which seems to be such a waste as it is soft and rotted can be hardened and useable? If you know how to harden wood in a proper way, it can be firm enough for fixings as well as structural integrity. Take a look at the article below for some of the most effective methods you can use to harden a piece of wood.

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How To Sharpen Planer Blades

If you own a planer at home, you would know that cleaning and maintaining the planer are very important if you want this piece of machinery to perform well. In addition, when your planer is in good condition, it will last for many years. Among all of the parts in the planer, the blades of the planer are some of the most important parts. They help the planer to do its job properly and prevent unwanted accidents when you use the machine.

And in order to maintain the planer blades, you need to know how to sharpen them. This task is not difficult at all if you know which tools to use and which steps to follow. Read this guide below to see how to sharpen planner blades in the most effective way.

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How To Straighten Wood With Easy Steps

When a piece of wood, such as a board wraps, it means that it is not straight with flat surface anymore. There are several reasons to explain why wood wraps. The main reason is that when that piece of wood becomes dry, some parts will dry out more quickly than some other parts due to the uneven distribution of moisture inside the wood fibers. All of these occurrences make wood less straight.

Luckily, there are several ways you can use to straight wood. It can be as simple as cutting or more complicated as restoring the moisture nature for the wood fibers. Each of these methods will require different steps and techniques.

This guide below will provide you with more details about these two methods on how to straighten wood in the easiest and most efficient steps.

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How To Cut Hardboard – 3 Common Ways

You might have to use hardboard more often than you might think. This is one of the most common materials that you would use in your house to decorate various items. You can use hardboard for covering floors, doors as well as cabinets and panels. You can also use it for siding. You can replace it for plywood to save cost as well. This material is also the favorite choice of many DIY beginners as it is easy to deal with. The smooth surface of a piece of hardwood is ideal for any painting jobs.

Because hardwood is so common in many woodworking projects, it is understandable that you know how to deal with this type of material well- including cutting it. In case you are searching for the best ways to deal with cutting hardboard, the guide below is for you.

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How To Cut Metal Pipe

The metal pipes that you bought might come in the shapes and sizes that don’t meet your requirements. It is easy to fix this problem, though. All you need is to cut them to the length that you need. There are several methods that you can use to cut these metal pipes. Different methods and different tools are chosen depending on different types of pipes that you want to cut.

In case you need to cut your metal pipes, follow these guides below. I will present you the most common methods on cutting the most common types of metal pipes- including copper pipes and steel pipes.

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