aluminum

Hey, i was just wondering if anybody here knows how to identify aluminum as a metal? i am in the process of making thermite and dont know what aluminum would look like, please help! thanks in advance! :D

Posted by andy60 10 years ago


Aluminum Extrusions?

Does one of you guys know the best place i can buy aluminum extrusions? I need some for an upcoming project.

Asked by cooldude01 2 years ago


How do you make aluminum powder?

I dont have a blender, coffee mill, or ball mill or anything any1's said. Can some1 tell me how to make it?

Asked by Langarulz 6 years ago


How to make soda pop aluminum look worn out? Answered

I've read that aluminum doesn't rust, and that it can be corroded but that it doesn't really make it look worn out/old but makes white blotches. I need a solution to make it look worn out, doesn't need to be a fast process though.

Asked by Grujah 9 years ago


How do you purify aluminum? Answered

I want to know how to turn aluminum foil into aluminum powder. I have been told that aluminum foil is not pure aluminum, and I would like to know how to purify it.

Asked by Tobor 2.0 6 years ago


getting aluminum for thermite?

OK so I know you can get aluminum from an etch a sceh, or you can grind up a chunk of aluminum. i dont have an etch a sceh or a chunck of aluminum handy so, I was wondering if I could use chaff from a B-52 it is very fine aluminum. is almost looks like shiney hair but its aluminum... could I use that effectively or is it too thin, its like aluminum hair?

Asked by vince 09 9 years ago


Joining aluminum

Hey everybody, I was wondering how, if possible, you would go about joining sheets of aluminum recycled from empty soda/beer cans.

Posted by smkoberg 10 years ago


If you have aluminum foil and an aluminum block which would melt first at melting point? Answered

I want to know because I have always wondered this. May the electromagnetic force be with you lol.

Asked by nerd7473 5 years ago



i need to glue aluminum foil to presswood. ..what glue should i use?

I need to glue aluminum foil to presswood. ..what glue should i use?

Asked by polarbyrd 7 years ago


Soldering Aluminum to aluminum

I'm building an aluminum bridge for my railroad.  I need to solder the side braces rather than using screws and nuts.  I've ordered a 150 watt chisel soldering iron and need to know what items (solder etc) I need to perform this project.  Any assistance greatly appreciated.  I would rather not use a torch on this project unless absolutely necessary.

Posted by trainman707 3 months ago


cheapest welder for aluminum?

I need to weld 3/16" sheet aluminum for a boat i'm making and want to do it at the cheapest cost. this welder (http://www.harborfreight.com/90-amp-flux-wire-welder-68887.html) says it won't do aluminum (and i'm not sure 90 amps would be enough anyway). Is that true? What if i bought the 180 amp model? Any suggestions for other welders?

Asked by ridecruz88 6 years ago


HELP ASAP! building aluminum trunk with ROUNDED EDGES?

I'm going for the same look as the trunk in the picture but the biggest question I have is how do I get rounded edges. I want the entire piece to be aluminum panels with all the edges and corners rounded, with a wood frame for support. needed advice: -best tools for cutting the aluminum -cheapest source for aluminum sheeting (and best size) -best advice for putting the aluminum panels in (use steel screws, rivets?) -any other advice for getting the best rounded edges and corners (links also appreciated) I would like to make this a gift for someone and need to get started ASAP so any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated! thanks!

Posted by nizzo 7 years ago


Why do schools still collect aluminum tabs? Answered

So I found all the dialysis time pull tabs can "purchase" is not true. I also found it is the same aluminum as the can. Thus rendering a milk jug full @ well under $5 US.  Whats the point in schools spending all this effort to collect them? Thanks

Asked by onrust 5 years ago


How to cut aluminum hard drive platters?

After determining that a hard drive platter is aluminum (I don't want to try to cut the glass ones), how could I cut it neatly?  I'd like to cut out neat rectangles for a small kaleidoscope.  I tried a hacksaw, but it was a messy cut, and I expect it bent the optical surface a bit.  I tried a rotary tool with cut-off discs, but the aluminum chewed up the discs really fast--I could see the discs shrinking before my eyes into tiny circles.  

Asked by arpruss 6 years ago


Mold venting for lost foam metal casting

I've been casting small aluminum statues using the "lost Foam " technique. My success rate has been about 60%t070%because of the aluminum freezing in the long narrow parts of the mold. The statues are human figures so the outstretched arms and legs sometimes are not complete. Am now considering heating the mold to reduce this problem. Any suggestions will be appreciated

Posted by blindpig 8 years ago


Making a reuseable mold for an at home foundry and casting aluminum?

I've been really interested in at home aluminum casting and wanted to make a forge and try my hand at it. Before I started I've done a lot of research and video watching. It seems it is most popular to use the lost foam method. I was just wondering if it would be possible, and what materials to use to make a simple reusable mold. If I was to cast 10-12 of the same object it just seems easier to make a mold then forming and shaping 12 pieces of foam. Since I'm just getting started i wouldn't be casting anything too complicated or big. Thanks in advance!

Asked by Who_jacked_my_name 2 years ago


Need someone to etch and cut a piece of aluminum for me

Hi all, I have a DIY boombox project made from a train case where I need a badge made to cover up a "mistake". I can provide an Adobe Illustrator, EPS, DWG, or DXF for the logo and shape of the badge. The finished piece will be 3.25" wide by 1.5" tall. As much as I'd like to do this on my own, I'm not keen on working with acid and don't have the time or work to build my own CNC or laser cutter. I will be happy to pay for time and materials as long as it's reasonable. Also, I'm in Northeast Ohio, if that matters to anyone. Thanks!

Posted by mnmitch57 6 years ago


how can I make aluminum battery??

I need a kind of high energy aluminum battery.help ...

Asked by manatan 8 years ago


Where can i get square aluminum tubing? Answered

I would prefer not to order off of the internet unless free shipping was available.?

Asked by Herbal_T 8 years ago


how can I drill into Ikea aluminum frame to add knobs without breaking tempered glass?

Help! I need to drill into an Ikea aluminum door frame to add a knob. I don't want to break the tempered glass. Thanks

Posted by judyb52 2 years ago


Correctly identify Aluminum, smelting brass

 How can I correctly identify aluminum?  Aside from the weight, how do I find out if it is pure or some alloy that will make make even the vultures drop dead when smelted. Owing to a project I'm working on where I wish to cast letters in aluminum for a wind harp, I have been on a search here on the farm. Have found literally 200kg of scrap brass and and about 35g of aluminum! The letters have to be out of aluminum for rust reasons. 2nd Question Does zinc alloy aluminum rust in the same fashion? 3rd Question Brass. I haven't researched it yet, but could anyone give me a clue as to smelting the stuff? Thanks

Posted by Karroo Oakey 8 years ago


Help with Aluminum powder, please?

I went to home hardware today and asked the clerk in the paint department if they sold aluminum powder, and they said no, it has been banned in Canada. I am assuming its because of the use of aluminum for flash powder =PI was wondering if anybody knows some sort of store to get aluminum powder in Canada, becasue i dont want to have to order it over the internet. (i have had some mishaps with internet ordered things before)Any help/suggestions are appreciated, Thanks ! =)

Asked by FunkNattidelic 9 years ago


Aluminum powder from soda cans

I was wondering what would be a good way to obtain aluminum powder from soda cans  I have a ball mill  and why buy foil when cans are free any ideas? ive already tried cutting it in to small strips and blending it but that doesn't work 

Posted by nlazenby 7 years ago


is it feasible to paint an aluminum bike by slightly sanding it and painting over it?

I'm looking to paint an aluminum bike and as i've read about it it seems that i need to chemically treat aluminum before painting.I would therefore like to ask if it's possible to just rough up the current paint and paint over it, as the current paint is in good shape. I have access to basic tools and possibly a compressor/spraypaint setup. thank you for your help

Asked by matosmeister 6 years ago


how to glue aluminum cans?

How do you glue flattened aluminum cans? I know how to flatten them, I use them for papercraft(you trace the pieces from paper onto the cans), but how can you glue them? i there any special glue that anyone knows of for this? please help.

Asked by the poodleo 6 years ago


Drawings on aluminum for cutting

I have some parts that i need to cut from aluminum. Unfortunately I don't have access to any CNC machine, so I'm thinking of cutting them myself by hand... Is there an easy way that I can get my drawings on the aluminum? Perhaps printing on photo paper (using my ink printer) and an iron? Plan B is to use some sort of glue and glue the drawings on the sheet... Any suggestions are welcome!

Posted by papirkopi 7 years ago


how do i make an aluminum electrolytic capacitor?

I want to make a capacitor bank with high capacitance and i saw a lot of instructables for high voltage, but the most i got out of one was with aluminum foil and plastic wrap and i only got 14nf. i saw on some sites that the aluminum was electrocoated with aluminum oxide, but i couldn't find any specifics and nothing i tried so far has worked (it just created higher resistance, not capacitance). also, what's a good electrolyte solution, i'm just using water, salt and baking soda.

Asked by the judge 8 years ago


Looking For Extruded Aluminum Part Like This

I need to be able to source this part.  I've tried Google and can't find any Extruded Aluminum parts that come close to this.  I'm hoping someone out there has seen this and knows where I can get more of it. The part is 20mm x 20mm, 3 slots that are 10mm each.   Thanks. Mike

Posted by mhcollison 8 months ago


Aluminum casting on the cheap?

For my woodshop class I am making a cane/"pimpstick" and I am making a custom head for it. I want to cast it in aluminum using the lost wax technique. would normal plaster of paris be a good material to use for the mold? the peice is about 3 cubic inches. I was thinking about having two "fires" one to heat my aluminum and another to heat  the mold so it doesnt shatter. Is that workable? P.S. It would be a one use thing so no need for anything expensive. I have literally 10 dollars to spend on this. Thankyou,   bud

Asked by budhaztm 5 years ago


MY CELLS PRODUCED 1.3V EACH AND I CONNECTED THEM IN SERIES AND I TRIED TO LIGHT A 1.5V AND STILL I CANT LET IT LIGHT?

WHY CANT I LIGHT A BULB USING THIS ALUMINUM AIR FUEL CELL? SITE: https://www.instructables.com/id/Pop-Bottle-and-Carbon-Paper-Aluminum-Air-Fuel-Cell/?

Asked by _ryan_ 5 years ago


Aluminum bronzing powder

Ok, i need aluminum bronzing powder, no not for thermite, there are more fun things to do with it, but along the same lines. The only problem is at all my local crafts stores, hardware stores and paint stores, no one sells it. I thought about using an etch-e-sketch but big ones are hard to find, kinda expensive if i wanna buy 5+ and also, half the powder is not fine at all. Grinding up aluminum foil isn't gonna work for me becasue i can't find a ball mill under $100 (not even a crap one), and i sure as sh-- ain't gonna sit there filing it off a bar. Parents aren't going to let me buy it off the internet (i wouldn't any way the prices are outrageous and they limit how much u can buy a year), electrolysis maybe? But what would i use? A battery charger? Or are their secret code names that they sell it under at hardware/paint stores? HELP

Posted by demonfox3 9 years ago


I am trying to build a table like this. How could I go about getting a piece of aluminum shaped to fit my table?

Here is a picture of the table -  http://drp.ly/1D0bcb? I don't think I would be able to shape it myself.  Is a machine shop my only option?  Do they have online sites that can make something like this? Thanks.

Asked by twin8885 7 years ago


how i make an info desk? Answered

How i can make a flexible info desk (for small events) that i can hold it any where in a simple way ?

Asked by medozz1 6 years ago


light gauge metal bending machine

Well I have searched now for 2 days or so here and on the net for something like this. Does anyone have link to a plan ? free or otherwise ? Thanks Quadranut President of the TNITK Association

Posted by Quadranut 9 years ago


Aluminum Slugs for coilguns?

Throwing around the Idea of a Coilgun , can I cast some aluminum slugs to use with it ?

Asked by tom10122 5 years ago



Where can I find old aluminum road signs?

Looking to do some water-jet cutting for some kids toys and want to upcycle old aluminum signs... but I don't know where to find the signs.

Asked by bellinghammakerspace 6 years ago


What's the best Dremel bit for engraving aluminum? Answered

I want to engrave a design into a block of aluminum with my Dremel. It needs to be about 1/16" deep and 1/16" wide and consists of curves and lines. What is the best bit to use?

Asked by JamesRPatrick 7 years ago


Dissolve Aluminum - Golden Book Chemistry

In the Golden Book of Chemistry, page 64, there're instructions for dissolving aluminum. The book states that HYDROGEN is released when aluminum strips are dissolved in hydrochloric acid and ALUMINUM CHLORIDE is formed. That's about all we get from the book concerning that particular experiment. Just wondering if this is correct, how to test it, what it should look like and what may we [the kids and myself] may do with it if it's actually aluminum chloride. It's a good book, but quite a bit of theory's lacking. Thanks all.

Posted by Sovereignty 6 years ago


3d Printing aluminum? Answered

I was thinking about 3d printing aluminum and was wondering if you could do something like this. You have a stainless steel air tight cylinder, surrounded with some refreactory, then nichrome wire, then insulating refreactory. The first layer of refractory is to prevent an electric short between the wire and the stainless steel cylinder. Stainless steel so it will take longer to oxidize. You would fill the cylinder with aluminum, close it, turn on the heater, t would heat up the stainelss steel and aluminum and melt the aluminum. Temperature could be regulated. Air would go to a hole in the top of it, the air would be regulated by a solenoid valve and a a pressure release valve. A needle with come out of the bottom, however it would be bent into a upside down U shape and one side would poke out the bottom, this would preven the aluminum from running out when there wasn't pressure. When the solenoid is open, aluminum comes out, when the solenoid is closed the release valve is opened to get rid of any excess pressure and stop the aluminum flow. This would be put in the place of the the traditional extruder, would this work?

Asked by snowluck2345 7 years ago


Joining Aluminum Sheets in Layers?

I need to join aluminum sheets together. When I say sheet, all I mean is the body of a coke can. So, I would cut the top and bottom of the can off, then make a vertical cut to make the body into one long strip. I would do this again, and then I want to join these two strips together, end to end. Would 1/8" rivets work? I thought of solder, but I heard solder doesn't stick well to aluminum. I would prefer the aluminum to stay down. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks!

Posted by Bran 10 years ago


Can I weld aluminum with a mig welder if I have flux core wire? Answered

My parents got me and my younger brother a mig welder for Christmas they also got flux core wire because gas is expensive. But my brother keeps saying that we cant weld aluminum with it I have heard of aluminium flux core wire but he still says it wont work. Dose the aluminum flux core wire work any good or is there something else we need to get?

Asked by Dalen Brewer 3 years ago


electrodeposition

I am looking for a feasible DIY method of depositing aluminum from solution or vapor through electrostatic or other means. I've found one possible process using an ethereal solution of Aluminum Trichloride and Lithium Hydride. Will this allow an aluminum electrode to ionize into solution without adding more and more AlCl3? Is there a better way, such as potentially vapor deposition? Has anyone had experience at this? What are potential problems and how would you circumvent them?

Posted by bowakowa 9 years ago


Heating aluminium by kanthal wire? Answered

Hi friends, I want to heat a aluminum rod by kanthal wire. I want to wrap the wire directly only aluminum rod(it means the wire and rod touches). I want to know, is it possible or the contact between these materials make short circuit? Please answer for it.

Asked by Gnanak 2 years ago


Is there any way to bond two small pieces of Aluminum together?

I have been told Epoxy, but i'm making a ring and I want to attach a small cross to it. It needs to be durable too.?

Asked by Wylder Barrows 5 years ago


I have an idea for a personal cooler... do you think it will work? Answered

I'm thinking of placing one or two peltier cooler units on the side of a large aluminum container, which is filled with water. the peltier units also have heatsinks with fans on them. the fans blow the cold air on the user, while the heat is transferred into the aluminum and thus into the water. the aluminum box would be insulated to keep it from heating up the surrounding air, and the heated water could be dumped and refilled to dispose of the heat. this would allow for a sort of personal cooler without expelling hot air out the other side.

Asked by codongolev 6 years ago


Why should you build a rooftop lightning protection system with either all copper or aluminum components? Answered

I bought a book from Home Depot to learn about household wiring: http://www.amazon.com/Wiring-Complete-Editors-Creative-Homeowner/dp/1580111602/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1279657048&sr=1-1 On pg. 238, about lightning protection systems, it says, "...these instructions are for copper only-do not use copper with aluminum." Why shouldn't we use copper components with aluminum? It's essentially just a couple of lightning rods and a cable leading to a ground rod. I can scan the page if you'd like to read it. They made it sound fairly important. 

Asked by Vorenus 7 years ago


What are they doing with these aluminum cans? Answered

  OK.  I go to several different scrap yards.  I have noticed at this particular one, that they do not crush their cans.  I didn't give it much thought till today.    As you can see in the photo, they store their cans, in bags, in the back.  The people that came to get the cans are putting them into bigger bags and packing them into a huge box truck very tightly as if they are going to fill with as many as they can.  Not like it is just going across town.   If these cans are to go to another state for a higher redemption price,  don't machines read the bar codes to prevent that?   Also, the truck had a license plate from Sonora, Mexico.  Although that is pretty common around here, that may be part of the reason.   ??????

Asked by onrust 8 years ago


Game Gloves

I've been looking online recently for some sort of "glove" that you would wear for gaming, instead of having a keyboard. Didnt really find anything.. at least in my price range. So i am going to get the Makey Makey tomorrow from a trade with a friend, i figured this was my best bet. My idea for this glove would be that it have either foil on the tips or that sewing yarn that can be used as wire. There would be a thin Aluminum Sheet that you would tap with the appropriate finger. The aluminum sheet would act as the ground. My other idead would be instead of having the Aluminum Sheet have the tech yarn in the palm of your hand, but this would get uncomfortable after time. I want to make this so i could possibly in the future have two gloves one for each hand. Also, if i was to use the special yarn for electronics, i would have to wear to gloves since the yarn would weave in and out of the glove grounding to your finger. Most likely going to be working on this tomorrow or as soon as i can get some cheap gloves. I'll upload pictures then. any suggestions?

Posted by Blake_surovik 5 years ago