I just bought a vintage sewing machine, which has a rust problem on one panel. [more inside]
Any thoughts on what could cause uniform surface corrosion on different types of metal inside a bathroom vanity? [more inside]
I have a history of owning metal shower curtain rods that rust away before my eyes, bit by bit. It's depressing. I can't help but think that as a civilization, we can do better--that we have done better. Someone out there is enjoying their metal shower curtain rod. Who are these people, and how can I get a metal shower curtain rod like theirs? [more inside]
I am moving from New Mexico to Boston this summer, and my 30-year-old Toyota pickup will not be coming with me. My plan was to fly to Boston and buy a car there- but evidently rust is a thing that happens. Is rust/salt damage enough of an issue that I should look at buying locally and driving it cross country? [more inside]
I bought a new cast-iron skillet a few weeks ago. After coming into contact with salt water before I even got a chance to use it, a fair amount of rust appeared. What's the easiest way to get it off? I want to start seasoning it.
My car roof is rusting extensively along the windshield edge. I don't know if I can get it fixed anymore as it has gotten bad rather quickly. What are my options? More inside [more inside]
I live in east Tennessee and I have a couple of trees in my yard that get what I think is a fungus of some kind but I can't identify it. I have tried to google the disease but I can't seem to find it. Spiky growths come out of the berries and some leaves will get similar growths later in the season. [more inside]
We recent got a new-to-us used car. Other than following the manufacturer's scheduled maintenance, what should we do to maintain and maximize the life of the car? Examples inside. [more inside]
How to remove rust stains etc. from very dirty toilets? [more inside]
Decent paring knife emerges from bleach-soap-water presoak with pitting corrosion. WTF? [more inside]
My no longer able to drive grandparents recently gave me a great deal on their low mileage car. However, they got into a few scrapes before parting with it... [more inside]
I live on the top floor of an old apartment building and my shower stopped draining the other day. After trying drano, I upgraded to Pequa last night and its not working. Or it seems like its working, and then it stops. Before, some brownish water came up before it went down. But now that I've poured the last of the Pequa down the drain some really dark rusty water has come up. Is this a good sign? And if I let it sit for an hour or two and flush with warm water I'll be saved? Or do I have to deal with my inept landlord? (Which I'm trying to avoid)
I play an Array Mbira. The tines are made of spring steel. I have sweaty hands, so the tines tend to rust unless I coat them with oil. The folks who make the instrument recommend 3-In-One Oil, which is what I've been using. Does it contain anything toxic? Are there other oils I could use to protect the tines? [more inside]
What can I do to restore a beautiful but heavily damaged (rusted, corroded, tarnished) set of silver-plated silverware found on the street? [more inside]
[CarFilter] My car is developing some fairly bad rust around the wheel wells. The cost to repair it is prohibitive - what should I do? [more inside]
Are there any standards (OSHA, ANSI, IMC, or NEC come to mind) that govern an employers responsibility to ensure that rust in old building structures do not create a hazardous work environment? [more inside]
How do I best repair a rusty wheel arch. [more inside]
Is there anything I can do to restore my beautiful, pristine Sabatier carbon steel knife to its original condition? [more inside]
Is is safe to store flash media and other electronics in a tin? [more inside]
Someone (i.e., me) backed the family car into a parking meter a while back, causing a small dent and some cracking in the paint (photo 1, 2, 3). Body shops say this will cost about $600-650 to repair over two days (which is a hassle for my fiancée, who commutes by car). Dealer said over $1000! Main concern is rust, not the dent--this is a hand me down car from 1999. Can we make an acceptable fix ourselves? How? [more inside]
Just had to replace the rotors on my Honda Accord. Again. Help. [more inside]
How to cover rust on a refrigerator? [more inside]
I have one of the Kershaw SpeedSafe knives designed by Ken Onion. A little while ago the knife stopped opening all the way when I pushed on the back of the blade. I've opened it up and now I need a little guidance. There's a bonus question on cleaning / inhibiting rust as well. [more inside]
How to protect my classic truck from the salt of the sea? [more inside]
What is the mysterious grit in our sink? [more inside]
I live in an old apartment with radiators. Pipe in kitchen (radiator has been removed, heated pipe remains) has a leaky valve that smells awful. Can someone take a look at these pictures and tell me if there is anything I can do to cover the leaky bit and reduce the smell? [more inside]
HVAC Advice. I have a six year old house with a Goodman AC system. Three years ago the evaporator coils rusted like crazy and leaked out -- replaced under warranty. Three years later, low and behold, the coils have started to rust up like crazy. Techs and I are stumped -- "This shouldn't happen." Any ideas? [more inside]
Without warning my hot water (and hot water only) has suddenly started running brown, and when I drain a tub of it silt like material is left in the bottom. I suspect it's rust. After running the water for a long time it does not seem to be going away. Am I right in thinking that this is probably my boiler and it should be replaced? The suddenness seems weird. Also: my family has been showing and bathing in this, could it be harmful in any way?
What the name of the art style of such things as Samorost, where moss, trees and other organics meld with primitive technology? [more inside]
Rust Prevention? What do you do to prevent rust from forming on a 1-2 year old car? [more inside]
Are there any preventative measures, leaving aside driving the car every day, that will prevent my brakes from rusting like mad? [more inside]
A ten percent solution of water and molasses is an effective, thorough, but slow way of removing rust from ferrous metals. When the rust/molasses/water has set for a while, you can burn your skin if you are not using gloves. What reaction turns mild mannered molasses, the soul of my baked beans, so nasty?
My decade-old dishwasher's racks have started to rust through some blemishes in their protective coating. Can/should I fix this? [more inside]
House help! What kind of metal; and how do I stop it from rusting? [more inside]
Do I need new bike wheels? [more inside]
My outside metal door is rusting. Is there a quick fix or do I need to sand, prime and repaint? The rust is more of a discoloration than deep rust.
I bought a bicycle that's twice as old as I am and it needs some cosmetic work. [more inside]
I need advice on taking care of rust on a Volkswagen! [more inside]
How do you clean hard water rust stains from plastic and rubber? The fridge front door where you get water and ice has nasty brown stains on the rubber levers and plastic drip tray.
My 2006 Audi A4 is having ignition coil problems. And the dealer is saying because it's water damage related, it's not covered under warranty. I have NOT had the engine cleaned. I have NOT driven into a lake and I live in California where rain is minimal. Help me to not be screwed. [more inside]
How would you make a well-running car or pickup truck look, smell, and/or sound like an eyesore/deathtrap/junker without affecting its real abilities or safety? [more inside]
What did the mildew remover leave in my tub? [more inside]
I accidentally popped my pimple with a rusty pin. Ugh. How worried should I be? [more inside]
I have a gorgeous cast-iron mortar and pestle, that I use a lot for cooking. Unfortunately, it has some rust, especially on the bottom, probably from when it's washed and left to dry still slightly wet on its bottom. How should I: a) get rid of the present rust. b) avoid future rust. [more inside]
I recently got one of my guitars out of its case to find the frets covered in green stuff, and small patches of rust on a few of them.... [more inside]
This car is a '97 Toyota and it was was functioning well when parked. It had a flat tire and has been parked in my driveway for three weeks. When I went to change the flat today, I could not get the wheel off. To be clear, the lug nuts all came of relatively easily, but the rim seems to be melded/rusted onto the axle. What do I do? Crowbar? Chisel? Dynamite?
Bicycle was locked outside (it's against the rules to bring it inside the apartment where I live). It rained, and the bicycle wasn't used for some time, and now the lock won't budge (it rusted, I think): key goes in, but doesn't turn. I tried WD-40 but it didn't work. Before I cut through the lock, are there any other solutions I could try?
How can I clean a rusty can opener? [more inside]
My car's paint is wearing off. I don't care about the cosmetic impact, but I'm worried about rust. What can I do myself (or have done cheaply) that will prevent further damage? [more inside]
I just picked up an old Honda C-70 scooter and I'd like to get it shined up. Are there any places around Seattle that I can take it to and have the small bits of surface rust fixed and repainted/rechromed? [more inside]
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