Questions about using or selecting fasteners including nails, screws, and staples.

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Should I use nails or screws to refasten my subfloor to the joists?

My subfloor is squeaky, and there's a small window of opportunity I'll have to fasten it down before/during my carpet being replaced. I have available to me a nice corded drill, and an air-powered ...
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Why did they hammer nails in half way and bent them over to secure supports?

In my 1950s house they hammered nails in half way and bent them over to secure the supports to the beam. Why was this technique used?
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What kind of fastener should I use to attach a mounting bracket to metal studs?

I want to hang a 26 inch flat panel monitor on a wall that has metal studs. What kind of fastener should i use to attach the mounting bracket to the stud through drywall?
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What's the best way to hang an unframed poster on a sloping wall without using something that will damage the poster?

What's the best way to hang unframed posters on a sloping wall without using tape or velcro or glue that would damage the poster? Thumb-tacks don't work too well because the poster ends up sagging ...
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Are there special pocket hole screws?

I purchased a pocket hole jig and it comes with screws. Are these special pocket hole screws? Is there a type of screw I should be using with pocket holes, or would any wood screw work just as well? ...
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Is it important to use special fasteners in treated wood for non-structural applications?

I'm getting ready to install under-floor insulation in my yurt platform. These are 2" x 4' x 8' foam panels under a 1 1/8" plywood floor, between 4" x 6" 0.40 ACQ pressure treated joists. The foam ...
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When would I use epoxy anchors?

Epoxy anchor is essentially a metal alloy rod set onto epoxy. A hole is drilled and cleaned, then epoxy is put into the hole and the rod is inserted into the hole and left until epoxy sets. Using ...
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How can I choose the best lag screw / lag bolt?

I will be fastening Unistrut vertically along studs to facilitate garage storage, and want some guidance on choosing the "best" lag bolts to use. I want them large enough to handle hundreds of pounds ...
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Securing furniture to prevent tipping due to earthquakes and babies

I'm a new resident in the Bay Area, and with small children in the house, I'm looking at our furniture with some unease. What's the best and easiest way to secure and fasten tall bookshelves in case ...
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Is it better to use two nuts, rather than a single long nut on the bolt?

Working on the roof, several J-bolts appeared to have been fastened with more than a single nut. Without exception each such bolt was almost flush to the cement sheet. I saw this done on a car wheel ...
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What size screws and spacer should I use for installing shelves on tiles?

I need help confirming what size of screws, spacer and drillbit to use for installation of a shelf in my kitchen. Some specifics: shelf is 200 x 30 x 1.8cm (spruce). shelf brackets ask for 4mm ...
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Are there alternatives to Shutter-lok fasteners?

I have this kind of fastener on my shutters and it seems that every 3-5 years I am buying a new shutter because they break off and the shutter gets torn up in a storm or I am trying to liquid nail ...
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Installing railing pickets using dowel pins

I am building porch railing, and I'm considering using dowels to attach the pickets so that no nailing is required. For 2x2 pickets: What size dowel stock should I use? How long should each dowel ...
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How do you sister joists?

I am replacing part of a floor because of water damage. I have removed three layers of flooring. The joists were unaffected by the rot (as was the bottom floor, but I removed it anyway). I only ...
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Best way to attach a steel t-beam to a wall?

In my new flat I will build a huge platform into one of the rooms. It will be very much like a loft bed, but wider. I'm in a very early planning phase. The room is about 3m across (no plan or exact ...
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Attractively anchor a wire cable into drywall

I want to string a ‘high’ tension wire between two walls, for hanging light decorations on. The word ‘high’ is in quotes because it only needs to be tight enough to keep the wire looking level across ...
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Can I reuse anchor bolt sleeves?

A bracket for mounting a TV was attached to my brick fireplace by the previous home owner. All that remains now are four little metal tubes, which I think are leftover parts of some kind of anchor ...
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Is there a recommended distance between fasteners on sole plates?

We've just started installing pressure treated 2x4s as sole plates in our 5 year old basement. We drove 3 nails into each 8' plate, one at each end (around 3 or 4 inches in) and one somewhere at the ...
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What kind of fastener should I use to hang things on cabinets?

I have cabinets that hang down in the middle of my kitchen, above the island, and would like to mount things on the back of them (it's a metal rod from Ikea from which I'm going to hang pots and pans, ...
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Metric Screw Size Specification Question: M4x10K?

I have a quick question about interpreting a screw specification on a repair diagram. I am usually pretty good with buying replacement screws and threads/sizing but this screw is a metric size (which ...
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Nail through ceiling

We live in Northern Illinois. Five or six years ago we had the roof replaced on our detached, single family house. The job seemed to be well done and we had no complaints. This afternoon, however, as ...
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Freestanding deck - should I use joist hangers or bugle screws to attach joists to the bearers?

I'm planning a freestanding deck in the back yard, and I noticed that in this video they suggested that you could use bugle screws instead of joist hangers. Since I don't have a ledger board at either ...
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how do I attach a light object, a cup hook, flat washer or hex nut, to a steel lintel?

how do I attach a light object, a cup hook, flat washer or hex nut, to an exterior window's steel lintel? I don't want to drill the lintel but I do want the attachment to be permanent.
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Is there something like a P-clip but with symmetric flanges?

This is a P-clip: It has a round bit which goes round a pipe, and two flanges which come off and present a pair of aligned holes through which you can thread a bolt. Ideal. One of the flanges ...
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Best way to secure a cat enclosure to the ground?

I'd like to make a small outdoor cat enclosure for my cat. I shouldn't have any problems securing it on the tops and sides but i'm curious if anyone has suggestions for securing it to the ground? ...
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What fastener to use to attach 4" circular pan to steel stud?

I need to attach a 4" circular pan circuit box to a steel stud in order to hang a bathroom vanity light fixture. The fixture weights less than 10 lbs, but assume some future homeowner will want to ...
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How does one fire short staples into hard wood?

I find myself caught in the middle here. My old electric staple gun will fire 1/4" staples but it's not capable of fully setting them because part of the target is some pretty hard wood. The ...
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What is the life expectancy of a ratchet strap?

During my house move I used ratchet straps to secure a book-shelf on a roof of my car. That was well secured and worked out perfect. But the second time I have tried using the same straps, they did ...
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Washer / spacer for round surface

I would like to bolt a bracket to a steel pipe (1.5 inch diameter), with the nut located inside the pipe. Since the application needs to support a considerable amount of weight, I need some kind of ...
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Can I use a tap and die kit to change the thread pitch on an existing machine screw?

Can I use a tap and die set to change screw threads? I'm having difficulty finding the right size of screws for my project, and wish to manufacture my own. Can any type of screws / bolts be used with ...
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How much weight can lagbolts hold, or how can I support this piece of slate on a wall?

I am hanging a 42"x60" piece of 1/4" slate on a plaster wall. I am planning on using three 1/4" lag bolts through an oak 1x4 with a rabbet. Can you confirm that this is a good plan? The top will be ...
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Greek-Symbol Theta on Stainless-Steel Nut?

I am trying to understand everything I can about some stainless-steel nuts that I have come across. I have already researched and found information on the characters at the bottom of each nut, but I ...
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Nail Gun for Framing and installing subfloor

I'm looking to buy a nail gun because I have a lot of framing and probably 90+ sheets of subfloor to install this summer 1) I would use 16d coated sinkers for the studs and 8d nails for the flooring, ...
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How to tighten screw in looser masonry hole?

I'm using 5/16" masonry rated screws to secure my door frame in masonry. When I use 3/16" drill bit, the screw won't go in and when I use the next size up, 1/4", the screw goes in but it doesn't lock ...
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something similar to zip ties? (heavy duty)

I have a dog kennel and framed roof with a tarp. Traditional bungee straps for the tarp have too much give and stretch out over time. Additionally, any snow load causes the tarp to deform and dump ...
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What is the recommended way of attaching ledgers to Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)?

It appears that our house's exterior walls were built using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). Some of the plans for our new house involve adding ledgers to these walls in some various ways: ...
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What is the recommended post cap or strapping for corner post under beam and rim joists?

I'm trying to find the appropriate strapping to secure a beam to a post, while providing a means to attach a double rim-joist. Consider the drawings below: In both of these drawings if I use a post ...
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What type of anchor for fastening to block wall?

So, I started with What type of screws and anchors are used for concrete? - but it's not particularly clear to me. I (hammer) drilled 5/32" holes into an exterior wall for 3/16" tapcon screws. These ...
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Mounting Framless Shower Door To Fibergalss Shower Insert

I purchased online a 3/8" glass frameless swing door with panel for my fiberglass shower insert. I am struggling with hanging the door. I put the molly anchors (plastic looks like they were designed ...
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My wall is over 25mm (1 inch) thick, what kind of screw/fastener do I use?

So initially I thought I had a regular plasterboard. But I have a small measuring thing for wall depth, and after drilling a hole it seems it's deeper than 25mm. The plastboard thickness I see is 10 ...
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“Tomato cage” plastic connections — Design idea

I'm creating on AutoCAD a hydroponic tower garden. I would like to get some ideas about how to design the connections between the parts required to build a tomato cage. Here's a bird's eye view of ...