Questions about repairing or filling holes, or about what types of holes are necessary or permissible (such as in joists). For questions about *making* holes, consider the 'drill' tag.

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What is the name of the tool used to create an initial dent for drilling?

I remember that during my DIY lessons at school, there was a tool used to help with positioning a drill bit. The tool was shaped like a large nail, and it was lightly hammered into the material at the ...
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What is the use the plugs over this deadbolt's bolt holes?

When re-keying our house, I came upon these unexpected bolt hole plugs in the deadbolt assembly. Is there a graceful way to remove them? I'd prefer not to take a small prying tool and force them out, ...
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What is this 2" Diameter Hole in Basement Foundation Floor?

I am wondering what this hole in my basement foundation floor is for, and if I can cover it up or just put a plug in it. I am aware of one other similar hole (carpet is covering it though) on the ...
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Temporarily filling a hole with a shim

I have two 3" x 3" square holes on a sports court. They are around 2' deep. They take two long poles that support a net. When the poles are not in the holes they fill with water when it rains ...
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I need to anchor a standard where there is a one-inch hole in the drywall

While I was putting in anchors to hold a shelf standard I had one that didn't install right and I was left with a one-inch hole. Some kind of anchor or support absolutely has to go there. It's too ...
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Kitchen faucet screw hole leaks water?

My kitchen faucet has a hole in the side (see picture) which appears to have a screw slot. It leaks a lot of water. Why is it there? How can I stop it from leaking?
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Filling a crack in a wall with roughcast on limestone

Finally, I was not able to Limit the extent of cracks in the wall roughcast, which is finally cracking: I have removed the crumbling parts, and protected the wall with a plastic sheet waiting for a ...
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Is it crazy to put a hole on a fridge?

I want to buy a mini fridge, not for food storage, but for storing stuff I don't want to evaporate (gets hot in my room during summers) or preserve. I'm thinking maybe once in a while I want to make ...
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What made these burrows and holes in my lawn (Picture inside)

I just moved to upstate NY area. I don't have too much experience with lawn but I know my lawn is terrible compared to my neighbors'. I took this picture today. There are clearly some activities ...
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Filling hole after removing medicine cabinet

I have a mirror that is larger than the hole left from removing a medicine cabinet in our bathroom, and I plan to mount it so it covers the hole entirely. I don't want to just leave the empty hole ...
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How deep do I cement a 21' tall, schedule 40 galvanized steel pole?

I have recently installed a new basketball goal for my kids. I now need to install a net behind it as the balls tend to end up in the neighbor's yard over and over again and it drives their dogs ...
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How do I drill a long hole lengthwise all the way through a post to make a standing lamp?

I have a beautiful post of reclaimed wood and I'd like to make it into a lamp. Not sure how to do this but I know the first step is to drill a hole all the way through it lengthwise. What is the tool ...
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How to drill a 3/4" or larger hole in a steel bracket?

I purchased a wheel set and the bracket has a hole drilled in the wrong place. I need to make the hole larger. Will a titanium bit (like the link below) drill thru a 1/8" or 3/16" steel bracket? If ...
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How to fill a hole in the living room?

There is the circular hole in the floor in my living room near radiator which leads to a relatively big space underground! If I want to judge using my eyes,I think the size is around 50cm/1.5feet ...
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Hole betwee the basement sill box and concrete porch

I recently bought an old house that seems to have been flipped in the past, so many things weren't repaired properly. Had a door replaced with a window, and that opened up holes between where the ...
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Old extractor fan hole leaking water into new kitchen

We had a new kitchen fitted last year, including a new extractor fan above the gas hob. When the previous extractor was removed it revealed the drilled hole and pipe which although lined up perfectly ...
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Best way to make a hole in concrete wall

So my house has concrete walls and ceilings. There a few places i would need to remove some large holes like for vents or light fixtures. I was looking at a concrete hole saw which seems to be a good ...
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Digging a well, hitting a rock

I am digging a well with a hand-powered auger. I am 20 feet down and I am hitting a rock. How can I break up this rock so I can continue digging?
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How do I patch a hole in concrete sidewalk over open tunnel?

There is a sidewalk running over an old tunnel. It's near a grade school, and is used often by faculty and students. The tunnel is completely open, but blocked at both ends so there is no access ...
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Enlarging a deadbolt door knob hole on a steel door

I have a steel door in which I'd like to replace the deadbolt lock with a newer keypad type lock. The door is a bit older and the hole is 1 1/2 inches. The keypad deadbolt requires a 2 1/8 inch ...
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How can I fill in a large hole in a granite kitchen countertop?

This isn't your regular faucet-change hole or a minor cavity - it's a really large hole someone made in this granite counter top. I'm renting this flat so replacing the whole counter is not an option. ...
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How deep in ground should I install 4x4 PT fence posts?

I'm installing some 4x4 Pressure Treated 8' Tall Fence Posts for a chicken run. I want to have at least 7' tall fence, and am wondering if the 1' sunken depth is adequate. I have read conflicting ...
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How to enlarge a 4 in. vent hole on exterior wall

My house is covered by sheet metal and I currently have a 4 in. vent hole from a previous air exchanger. I'm changing the air excahnger and require a 5 in. hole. So I basically have to make a hole ...
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How to seal joint between stone foundation wall and conrete cellar floor

In my 1910 vintage Baltimore row house, the concrete cellar floor was laid after the construction of the house. The joint between the irregular surface of the stone foundation wall and the concrete ...
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How to fix a stripped hole?

I have a hole that a head of as bolt goes into, but the hole is stripped and cannot get a good grip on the bolt head. The hole is attached to an agitator which spins. Any help? Remember, only the head ...
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Hole in concrete floor from floor anchor

I have a small hole in my basement floor from a leftover floor anchor similar to http://www.lowes.com/pd_79553-2191-50098___?productId=3044000. The anchor is now gone, and apparently over the years ...
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How to repair pierced refrigerant line in chest freezer?

My idiot friend was screwing brackets inside an ice cream freezer with self-tapping screws, and one of the screws pierced a copper line containing refrigerant. Apparently it made a crazy hissing sound ...
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How to attach a monkey-bar/playground structure to the ground in my backyard?

I would like to build a monkey-bar/playground structure in my backyard. It's not your standard monkeybars, but I made a 3D visualization at staktrace.com/pub/structure.html if that helps. I'm planning ...
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How can I align 2 holes 1.5m apart?

I need to drill 2 holes in a concrete wall, about 1.5m apart and I need the line between them to be as horizontal as possible. I have a level, not that big, and few other basic tools. How can I ...
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How to drill Stainless Steel?

I'm doing a Half-pipe / skate ramp. I have to drill holes in a stainless tube but I wasn't able to with HSS Drill tips last night (I've followed youtube video tutorials). The stainless tube is this ...
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How to fix hole in yard with/from burst irrigation pipe?

I had the end cap crack on a 2" irrigation line buried 1-2' underground. It sprayed downwards, clearing away 2' of dirt vertically (3-4' total downward now). I found an area about 3-4' away from this ...
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How should I fill the holes in my floor to prevent mice from getting in?

I live an old apartment building and discovered a month into my lease that my apartment has a mouse problem. No matter how may times I bait or trap, I have no luck. It it appears that this might be ...
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How can I repair nail and screw holes if I don't know if wall is drywall or blueboard?

So first of, sorry if this is a basic newbie question. I have only owned my home for less than a year and am trying to get handier as I go. I know the basic difference between drywall and blueboard ...
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Is there a way to cover a hole for cables that does not require a wall box?

Is there a way to cover a hole for cables that does not require a wall box? I expressly had a cable conduit installed in our TV nicho, but in the end, my equipment is up higher on the wall (above ...
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What are those resin filled holes on outside walls

I was looking at a house and couldn't help but notice that literally all the external bricks were covered by small holes, most of them filled with what looks like a kind of resin: I'm new to the ...
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How can I stop an in-the-wall air conditioner from leaking air into the home?

As far as I can tell, the air conditioner fits nearly perfectly in the hole, but there is considerable air leaking into the home through the bottom. I think it may be because of metal strips that line ...
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Previous tenant did some shoddy DIY, should we be concerned?

Not a typical DIY question, but I was hoping some people here could help us out. The previous tenant did some construction work that seems sketchy at best. (Pics below) http://imgur.com/a/8tIRg He ...
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Fixing an offset pilot hole in steel?

I'm trying to put a 16mm hole through the centre of some 35x35x2.0mm square hollow section (SHS) gal steel. The holes need to be fairly accurate, because they're going to be holding an axle that needs ...
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Any recomendations for low-voltage wires through walls?

I have found a good central location to mount a router, however it does not have power nearby. Instead working with 120V wiring, I thought it might be easier to just make a small hole/tunnel/conduit ...
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How big a hole do I have to drill in concrete to embed rebar in it?

I have a concrete patio that I'd like to use as the foundation for a CMU wall. I'd like the CMUs to be tied into the patio slab with rebar. I get that the gist is to drill a hole in the slab, put ...
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Repair/replacement of overdrilled wall

After taking down one of those cantilever "invisible fixing" Ikea LACK shelves, I discovered that there were twice as many holes in the wall as required and all of them were enlarged and ruined (the ...
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How to slightly enlarge a worktop hole for replacement kitchen sink

The task I am replacing my kitchen sink. The existing sink sits in a rectangular hole (with rounded corners) in the kitchen worktop. The worktop is about 1½" (40mm) thick and is made of some kind of ...
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Is there a tool to find a the closest spot on the other side of a wall?

I need to install a water line for a new fridge, and would like to know what is on the other side prior to drilling a hole in the floor - is there any tool which would let me place a "marker" or a ...
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repair hole in hardwood floor near garage door

One weekend after a gathering, I noticed that there was a hole in my hardwood floor. The hole is about half an inch in depth and about the size of penny, maybe a bit larger. I know sometimes hardwood ...
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How do I fill a hole above my shower where cockroaches are coming through?

I recently moved into an old brownstone and realized that there is a cockroach issue in the entire building. I'm working on getting rid of them but the other night I noticed some were near the ceiling ...
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Options for covering an in-wall safe removal?

I recently removed an in-wall safe which fit neatly between two 16"-on-center studs. But now I'm left with a big hole in the wall where the safe once was. Since the hole is behind a closet door, I'd ...
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What is the right way to clear the drilled plug out of a hole saw?

I am building a project where I am using a hole saw. After drilling through 2, 1" thick boards I have to clear the scrap out of the saw. This is a really slow process and I suspect I am doing it ...
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Fixing a hole in the wall

I punched a very large hole in the wall. I think I know how I should go about fixing it, but I am asking here in order to double-check. I've cut circular hole into a slightly larger rectangle. I plan ...
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How to SLIGHTLY widen bored hole in 2x6

I'm making a stand-alone pullup bar and I bored 1 1/4" holes in 2x6's for my 1" galvanized pipe (1 1'4" outside) to slide through. Only the pipe is definitely 1 5/16" (thank you, guy at Lowes) and I ...
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Plugging large hole in bathroom floor

I've got a large hole behind my bathroom sink on the floor. Is there a easy but serious way to plug that hole, from which comes tremendous amounts of cold air?