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What are the different types of drywall anchors, and what are the advantages of each?

I recently put up wire shelving in my pantry, and spent forever figuring out what type of drywall anchor I should use. I even found several types that I didn't even know existed. It might be good to ...
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What type of fastener should I use for a hollow wood door?

I'm planning on putting a bathrobe/extra towel hook on the back of my bathroom door, but I'm pretty sure it's hollow wood. Can I just use the standard screws that come with the hook kit, or do I need ...
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What is the name of a coupling nut with a cutout?

I'm fixing a lamp and I need a coupling nut to connect the post that contains the electrical wires to a rod that holds the shade. This looks like a normal coupling nut, but with half of the middle cut ...
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What does the 16“ in ”16-Inch Full Ext Drawer" refer to?

I'm building a project that involves sliding drawers. I'm shopping for drawer slides and I'm not sure what the 16" in the title below refers to? Does it mean the drawer hardware is 16 inches closed? ...
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Can I use a single cable for cable rails?

I'm looking at redoing our stair railing and going with a more modern look with cable rails. 'Proper' cable rails, however, seem to all come from perhaps one factory. All the options I can find look ...
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How do I replace a bathtub drain trip lever?

The trip lever for the drain in my bath tub is very old (I'm guessing 30+ years) and has begun corroding and rusting. It's definitely time to replace it. I plan to replace the entire trip lever along ...
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Why do my new door hinges prevent my door from shutting completely?

I have installed some new standard 3" door hinges with a small corner radius on a 32" door. The doors are solid-core oak doors. The hinges appear to look fine and fit perfectly flush in the existing ...
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Which outlet box should I use for an unfinished basement?

I want to install a 15-amp AC receptacle in my basement between the ceiling joists. The basement's not finished so there's plenty of room to play around. Should I be installing a "new work" new ...
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Which nails should I use for shoe molding installation?

I'm about to install shoe molding all over my house. The baseboards are hung for carpet, but we're replacing the carpet with vinyl. So I have a pretty good sized gap to cover. I'll probably use 11/16 ...
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What is the name of this cast metal part inside my lockset?

I have a Baldwin front door lockset that doesn't completely retract the latch when using the thumb lever. The handleset is similar to this: model After dismantling the thumb latch assembly, I ...
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How can double swinging closet doors be installed?

I have a coat closet that long ago had double sliding doors and now has no doors at all. I would like it to have double swinging doors, like french doors but without glass. I found a couple of ...
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Why do my kitchen cabinets' magnetic door catches keep breaking?

As per the title, my kitchen cabinets use those little magnetic door catch devices. Where there is a small plate on the door, and a housed magnet mounted to the frame of the cabinet to hold the door ...
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Is there an issue using a stainless steel bolt with a hot-dip galvanized nut and washer?

Question says it all. Will there be a problem using a stainless steel bolt with a hot-dip galvanized nut and washer? This will not be a load-bearing application, will be exposed to outdoor conditions ...
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What is this small L shaped bracket thing called?

I have a drawer that broke because the screw which held this little plastic piece was tightened too far and cracked it. Could someone help me identify it so that I can order another one?
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Request for proper word - “bur?”

Sometimes certain things call for a washer to be put on a metal shaft, and then in order for the washer to not come back out, you would hammer the top of the shaft so that it deforms. I've heard ...
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Get free-spinning bolt out of TV?

I am trying to remove an HDTV wall mount from the TV, but: a handyman tightened one of the bolts overzealously, and now it's stuck. Specifically: The bolt turns freely, but does not reverse out of ...
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Danny Lipford Workbench Questions

How to Build a Built-in Garage Workbench By: Danny Lipford on Today's Homeowner I would like to build a built-in workbench in the garage, attached to the beans of the structure. This is the only ...
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How should I mount external hardware to a Greenboard/EPS exterior wall?

The external cladding of my house is rendered NRG Greenboard (an EPS product). What is the best way to mount simple external hardware (specifcally, a hose reel) to this material? The reel itself just ...
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Where can I find unusual L-shaped brackets? [closed]

I had windows installed in my gazebo, but had them installed with the screens on the outside and windows on the inside (for easier cleaning access). My problem now is that strong winds blow the ...
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Looking for a particular dual-track shelving bracket.

I'm considering a dual-track wall shelf system for our living room: (Photo from Home Depot/Rubbermaid) I'd also like to hang a few things from the tracks other than shelves. For example, I'd like ...
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What Hinge Should I Use For Heavy Swinging Shoe Cupboard?

I am doing up my really tiny apartment, in which we have had to make many compromises to deal with limited space. One of these is a shoe cupboard which will double up as a door between two rooms. I've ...
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Is there a term for this bolt attachment mechanism?

We're installing Ikea cabinets in our kitchen. The wall cabinets attach to a rail using a bolt-and-bolt-attachment-thingy that slides onto the rail, and the cabinets are then fastened to the bolts. ...
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How can I mount a 2" mast to the side of a utility pole?

I need to mount a 2" diameter mast to the side of a utility/telephone pole and am having trouble locating a mounting solution/hardware that will work. My big problem is that I'm not sure what the ...
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How do you remove a dummy knob with a screw that seems to spin and spin?

I recently purchased my first home and wanted to replace all of the door knobs to make it feel more like my place, rather than just some place I was renting again. Anyway, all of the privacy locking ...
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What do you call this thick washer-type part?

I have been going through many parts that I have recently gotten ahold of. However, I don't know what many are or what they do. I ran into this steel part: It is 0.565 in tall, with an inner ...
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Removing a Schlage door knob with stripped screw heads

I made the mistake of trying to remove a Schlage lockset with a regular screw driver too many times. (The knob makes it impossible for an ordinary driver to seat properly on the Phillips screw head. ...
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A-Frame Bracket for 4x8 swing beam

I would like to build the A-frame swing structure. One end of the beam attaches to the playhouse. The other end is the A-frame and I plan to use 4x8x12 treated lumber as the beam since I already ...
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How to build disassemblable structure?

I'd like to build a largish (6' x 7' x 4') structure that can be assembled and disassembled on-site with only hand tools. I'm thinking about things like insert nuts, cam lock nuts, mortise/tenon ...
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A small air compressor for cleaning? [closed]

I'm looking for a small air compressor for a small air compressor that I can use instead of a compressed air can for dusting my home electronics. From looking at websites like Amazon or Home Depot, ...
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What is this type of hinge called?

I am refurbishing a small cabinet and the door has this type of hinge. However, the peg was broken off of one of them and I can't seem to find a replacement. What is this type of hinge called?
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Hardware (clamp and/or spacers) to mount a horizontal pipe to a roof?

Related question: What is this called (adjustable angle pipe footplate)? After posting that previous question, I began to think that there's likely both a cheaper, and sturdier way to accomplish what ...
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What would a bracket for holding 1 5/8" square post be called?

For stabilizing a handrail post, using 1 5/8" square posts, I'm seeking a bracket shaped like so: Where the U shaped bracket would tightly press the post against a surface. First what might this ...
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Redoing a hole on a entry way saddle

Our building entrance has a set of double doors, the door that is fixed is latched to the top frame and to the floor through a hole in a stone saddle. The hole in the saddle is too big for that latch ...
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What latch would work best for a front/top opening chest?

I'm building a chest (about 3' wide, 2' deep, 2' tall) where the front folds up over the top (270 degrees), then the front/top fold again to the back (another 270 degrees). I need to know how best to ...
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Vintage Bosch impact drill suddenly lost motor function

I was drilling a hole in the wall with my 1984 vintage Bosch CSB 470-RLE impact drill, when it suddenly gave out. I figured the stone was too hard, increased the power on the potmeter and it worked ...
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Is there such a thing as a 1 1/8" water spigot reducer?

I'm sorry if this is a basic question, but I've been around the world and back looking for a reducer for my outdoor water spigot, which has a 1 1/8" diameter. (And to fit most hoses, I assume I'm ...
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Cannot remove bath hardware

I have hardware in my bathroom that does not have the usual Allen Wrench screw anywhere on it to remove the trim. I have attached pictures of the hardware. I don't want to apply too much force in ...
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Help identifying a Bearing? [closed]

I've seen a bearing, in this video, http://vimeo.com/65664983 It is placed on both the carriages and the printhead of the shown 3d Printer. Can anyone identify the bearing? Thanks
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How to put a 1ft piece of a 4x4'' post onto existing one without the connection being visible?

I have a fence which I would like to raise by 1ft. The posts are 4x4'' pressure treated wood. I would like to cut a new 4x4 post into 1ft pieces and put on top of existing ones. What's the best way ...
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How can I transmogrify a fixed monitor post in to a variable height monitor post?

Background I am looking to increase the versatility of a desk by allowing the monitor to raise and lower, using a manual mechanical solution (i.e., no electric motors). I am trying to make adjusting ...
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How to prevent two doors from opening into each other?

I have pantry cabinet door that abuts the door to a half-bath. They meet at a 90° angle and are hinged at the same side: Right now, I have a hinge pin doorstop on the half bath door. Temporarily I ...
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Installing a drainable waterline to garage, draining into sump for winter months

So, My utility room shares a common wall with my unheated garage. I've been toying around with the idea of running some pex out there to have a spigot in my garage. I'm wondering if I need to attach a ...
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Replacement swivel for swing-top reading table

Ten years ago I got a Levenger swing-top wooden reading table. This is a chair-side reading table whose flat oval-shaped top can be swung horizontally over my chair to serve as a stable platform for ...
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What is this kind bracket called?

I am looking for a bracket that will attach a 2x2 support to the underside of a bed. The support needs to be attached to the headboard and footboard with this bracket at each end. What is this called ...
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Trying to find a replacement door handle/knob [closed]

I bought a house, and two of the closets are missing the door handle/knob. It's a mortise lock (old house), and every other interior door in the house has the same handle, so I'd like to not get one ...
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Where can I find a metal one of these online? [closed]

I need something like the following but made of metal.
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How to build plastic prototype? [closed]

I'm not sure if this is the place for this question but I couldn't find out any StackExchange website for this question so I'm posting it here. I always wondered how companies build the plastic ...
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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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When there is no room to stabilize a nut, what then?

I have an electric chair that someone cut the power cord and power pack from and are no longer accessible. I'm removing the motor and one of the bolts in the frame to it spins relentlessly along with ...
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Have an office cube with sliding door I want to control with an Arduino and rack/pinion gear. What motor should I buy?

I don't know what kind of hobby motors will be suitable so that the door can slide freely too when not using the motor to move it.