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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How can I fill a screw hole so it can be used again?

My dishwasher attaches to the cabinets on the side via a screw. This hole has become a little stripped, is there a way to fill it in and then screw in to it again? I can't change the location of ...
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How big a hole in drywall can be fixed by spackle alone?

How big of a hole in drywall can be fixed by spackle alone? The previous owners left numerous holes in the drywall. Each with the diameter of a coaxial cable, which I want to patch up. Can I use ...
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How can I fix a stripped hole in an aluminum piece?

I have a tripod head that is made of aluminum. In the head there is a small hole that houses a small screw that secures a quick-release plate. After some time the hole stripped and the screw no longer ...
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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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How should I fill a hole in an exterior wall?

I noticed a good sized hole in an exterior wall that allows wires and things to go from my AC unit into my basement. The problem is that the hole is a good deal larger than it needs to be and there ...
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What is the best way to patch 3" holes in plaster

I have a number of ~3" holes in my plaster from where my walls were filled with insulation. (Why did they drill a 3" hole? I have no idea). Obviously I would like to fill these holes in, but they ...
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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 do I cover nail holes in composite trim in a wet location?

We put up some composite trim using an 18 gauge air nailer, however, some of the nails did not go in all the way, mostly due to operator inexperience. What's the best way to cover up/remove the nails ...
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How to reinstall iron stair railing in concrete that rusted out at the base?

So one day some time ago our iron stair railing going from the sidewalk to the stoop rusted through at the base of the posts and fell right over. I had a welder friend cut off the rusted portion and ...
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Oak doors stripped of paint - need to fill holes underneath before revarnishing/oiling

We've recently sent our doors for stripping of many years of gloss paint and lead based varnish. The oak doors came back looking largely fantastic. As the doors are very old, understandably they have ...
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Do the guidelines for holes in joists apply to band joists?

This question have a great answer with all the guidelines for drilling holes in joists. The question: Are the guidelines the same for band joists? A bit of context: I'd like to add an exterior ...
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What to block a hole with to stop mice getting in?

I have heard rustling sounds coming from my exterior walls, which I am assuming is mice (or some other rodent) scurrying around in the hollow wall. I have found a hole about 2 inches in diameter in ...
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How do I prepare a hole for concrete?

I removed a chimney from my house earlier this year. After everything was cleaned up, I was left with this big hole: I have two questions: (1) How do I know what type of concrete to use? (2) How do ...
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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 wrong....
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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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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 can I patch a hole in this brick wall?

I just pulled out the washing machine the old owners "kindly" left us to find a hole where the wall meets the floor. It's approximately 80mm x 50mm and goes down approx 100mm - below ground level - ...
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What cement product should I use to fix a hole in my slab?

I was removing old thinset and self-leveling cement in an area in preparation to tile it when the 6" chisel and demo hammer I was using sunk in to a specific spot. I found that this specific spot had ...
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How can I re-use a hole in wall for ventilation?

I'm renovating my bedroom and found that there's a hole in the wall beneath the wallpaper. It was plugged, but the stuff in it was old and crappy, so I took it out. Now I've got a 20x20cm (~7.9x7.9in) ...
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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 hole. ...
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Insulate and fill hole in wall that was for cables?

Great Stuff doesn't look ideal, since it's going to get a lot of sunlight on the outside, and Duct Seal doesn't say anything about whether it actually insulates. Also, the Duct Seal material safety ...
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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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what caused this new small dark hole on my hardwood floor recently?

I'm seeing a new small hole on my hardwood floor since last week. It almost looks like it was a black spot before and then it became a hole. Is this because I didn't maintain the floor? or is it some ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Filling old cable holes in brick

My house had several cable runs left from the previous owner that were cut and redone with every TV service they tried. A handful of the runs were brought in from the outside of the house through ...
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Is it hazardous to leave a hole in the wall for a week or two?

Yesterday in a fit of manliness I accidentally punched a hole in the wall of my bedroom. I will eventually get some putty to fill in the hole but I'm concerned about the fibrous dust that may be in ...
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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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Is this hole at the corner of the foundation major issue?

I am in the process of purchasing a home. I found the perfect home but of course, I found water stains in the basement walls (mostly close to the floor). I also noticed a small hole at the corner of ...
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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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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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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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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?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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How to fix a through hole in stucco on the outside of the house?

Some contractors drilled some holes on the outside of the house and I need to patch them up. One hole is about 1 to 1.5" in diameter. They drilled through so that they can put a piece of wire through ...
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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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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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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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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 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 ...