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How can I repair screws in furniture with stripped holes?

I'm trying to repair a piece of furniture from which several screws have pulled out, stripping the wood. It's a lift top coffee table, such as this. (This is NOT the model in question, this just ...
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What is the best technique for using a drill to insert screws?

It looks so easy on the DIY programs, but I battle to insert screws using my drill. The screwdriver bit keeps slipping out, and it damages the screw head. Is there a neat trick for this? Should I ...
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What type of screws and anchors are used for concrete?

I have cinder block walls along one side of the garage and hang a lot of 'tool storage' hangers and such. Often what I buy comes with screws and anchors so I use that but I have some hangers I just ...
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How can I remove a stuck screw that will still turn?

I put a too short screw into the screw hole. I thought this would sort things out. It didn't. Now I cannot get the screw out even though it will turn quite freely with a Phillips screwdriver. Any ...
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Which screw and anchor should I use to mount a projector screen?

I have a projector screen which weighs about 8 kg (~17.6 lbs) and to light it up a little for when I don't use it I decided to mount a LED strip behind it. I already bought matching strips of wood (24 ...
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How can I remove paint from slotted screw heads?

What techniques work to dig layers of paint out of small slotted screw heads, when the slot is so full of paint a screwdriver won't work? I've tried an awl, utility knife and screwdriver/hammer. ...
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What kind of drill bit would I use to grind down the end of a protruding screw?

Let's say I have a 1"-thick piece of wood. A 1 1/4" screw is driven through the wood, resulting in 1/4" of the screw protruding out the other side. What type of drill bit would I use to grind that ...
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How can I prevent a screw from slipping on a slippery veneer surface when I try to screw it in?

When using a screwdriver this can be difficult as the screw tends to slip. Once the screw passes the veneer it is easy to finish screwing in... I'm looking for an easy way to get the screw past the ...
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How to unscrew screws that are barely accessible?

I need to remove the face of a fake drawer that is screwed from behind. Unfortunately, a kitchen sink is preventing me from using a screwdriver. There is approximatively 4cm of space. The screw head ...
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How to secure aluminium window lock handle that keeps falling off?

The lock handle on my aluminium windows keeps falling off. The handle had previously fallen off when I first moved in a year ago and the landlord remounted it. Since then it has become loose a few ...
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Brass screws stripping and snapping, what am I doing wrong?

I am hanging a new door and was told to use brass screws to attach the hinges. When I drive the screw with a mechanical driver, the brass screws sometimes snap (head snaps off the shank), or strip. ...
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What are the implications of driving a drywall screw too far into the sheet?

I'm not gonna lie. The early stages of my very first home improvement project completely smacks of novice DIY'er. I did so many things wrong that I've since learned from, but the first mistakes are ...
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What type of screws and rawl plugs should I use?

I have a a framed canvas picture that I need to hang on a the wall. It is about 3 foot in height and 2 foot wide. The wall is made of solid brick but has been boarded over with plasterboard and then ...
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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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What is the weight capacity of your typical 2 1/2“ drywall screw when driven 1 1/2” into a stud?

Update 11/3/2012: In spite of being informed by multiple sources (here on SE, a guy at the Genie Clip Canada office, someone at the SE physics site, and even my own personal test) that I should be ...
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How do I ensure my wood screws have a minimum of 120 lbs pull out or shear strength?

Some assembly instructions for a project I am doing requires that I use fasteners (screws) with a minimum of 120 lbs pull out or shear strength. What I plan to use is #8 2 1/2" coarse thread wood ...
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Can I wall-mount a TV when there is an air gap between the drywall and the wooden stud?

I'm mounting a 38lb TV (with a ~10lb mounting bracket). I located a stud, but the drywall floats an inch above it, plus the drywall itself is another 1/2 inch. So a couple 3-inch screws (and not a ...
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I modified a nail-in electrical box to use screws instead of nails. Is there some code that prevents that?

Ever since I dove into the electrical side of things with my project, I've encountered a bunch of code restrictions. One thing that wouldn't surprise me if it was a violation of code is what I've ...
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How do I get this rusted screw out? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I remove a really stuck screw? I have to return my license plates to DMV by Friday (they expire!), and am finding it next-to-impossible to get them off my car! ...
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How Can I Fill Screw Holes In Beam So I Can Move Screws Slightly?

I had a contractor replace a 4x10 beam and two 4x4 posts that supports my deck. He also replaced and enlarged the concrete patio below the deck. I am in the process of replacing the deck floor so it ...
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What benefit do plasterboard/drywall screws have?

I have some plasterboard screws like this: However, without a drill I have a job getting them into the wall. Am I safe to use normal screws on hangings that aren't going to be taking a great deal ...
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My door doesn't close without having to push it upwards first [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I rehang a wooden door with worn screw holes? I just moved into this room and the door wasn't closing properly, so I took the door off, screwed the hinges in ...
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How can I remove a Philips screw with a stripped head? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to remove screws with stripped heads? I'm trying to take a cupboard off a wall, but one of the screw heads has stripped making it pretty difficult to do. I have ...
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How to unscrew the two screws on my USB hard disk enclosure? [closed]

On my USB enclosure of laptop hard disk, there are two screws on both sides in the picture. I have tried to use one screw driver in the left panel of my toolbox, and its head can fit into the ...
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How do I remove calcification from a screw head?

I have two screws holding on the metal disc covering the shower drain. Neither appears to be stripped. I would like to remove these screws to clean out the drain. The problem is that the ...
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How to choose the correct bit for a screwdriver

I'm constantly using a screw driver for small electronics and around the house, but I find that multiple bits seem to work. Of course, something bigger or something small requires diferrent amounts of ...
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What can I use to lubricate screws?

I am re assembling a swing set made of pretty hard wood. My electric drill won't drive the screws in all the way and I have to try to use plain screwdriver. I don't want to strip the heads though. Is ...
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Do I run screws through the “tops” or through the “bottoms” of the corrugated steel in roofing?

Suppose I want to cover a roof with corrugated steel sheets. Imagine a sheet laying on the roof. It will have "tops" - zones that are further from the roof surface and "bottoms" - zones that are ...
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How can I remove these screws from shutters?

I am trying to pull some wood shutters off vinyl siding. The screws are placed into what looks like a cylinder (I believe it is called an "anchor"), which itself looks attached to the siding. But when ...
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Can I use drywall screws to stop floor squeaks?

I've got an old squeaky hardwood floor with access to from below. I can feel the hardwood boards moving under my feet when they squeak so I just plan to drill up through the subfloor into the ...
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Decking fastening schedule?

I'm screwing down a deck of 5/4 x 4" cedar, over joists 16" O.C. It's a covered deck, so it won't get very wet. Is 1 screw per joist/plank intersection enough? Or 2?
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Possible to screw machine screw in wall?

Background I would like to build picture frames, where there on the back is a hole with 18mm in diameter and 7mm in depth. In the hole will I glue a 2mm metal plate. On the wall would I like to ...
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What kind of screws for attaching an Ikea style coat hook of an internal door?

I have this Ikea coat hook, that I'd like to mount to a door. But I would like it to be rather sturdy to handle some bigger winter coats. What kind of screws are recommended for (what I think is a ...
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Should I use nails or screws for hanging drywall on the ceiling?

I'm replacing water-damaged drywall on my ceiling and was considering using screws. Other than cost, is there any other reason I should use nails instead? Or am I too paranoid that nails won't have ...
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Fluorescent Light In Garage - Mounting Issues

In our garage, I'm trying to mount a flourencent light fixture that is 4 foot long. The problem is, I don't know how to mount it. I'm assuming that I would want to drill the screws into the ceiling ...
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How to determine the screw size (No.)?

I have multiple "Damaged Screw Remover" bits. I have another instance of the screw in my hand. The bits are designed for specific screw sizes (No. 4 to 7/No. 8 to 10). How do I determine the "No." ...
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How to remove a screw from electrical box?

I am replacing one of the light switches at home. The bottom screw that fastens the switch to the electrical box is half way out, but refuses to come out any more, no matter how hard I rotate the ...
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Will a drill bit that came with a dremel be good enought to drill out a screw?

I have a dremel, and I want to know if the drill bits that came with it are good enough to drill out a screw in my shower faucet. The shower faucet handel is broken and the screw is stuck in the ...
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Should I Buy Cordless Drill/Driver From USA And Use It In My Country?

I want to purchase DeWalt 18V Cordless Drill/Driver from USA where electricity standard is 120V - 60Hz and use it in my country with transformer where standard is 220V-230V - 50Hz but there will be ...
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How do you remove the tip of broken screw extractor bit?

I have a faucet handle with a striped hex socket screw. I tried to take it out with a screw extractor, but the tip broke off in the socket. Is there anyway to get this out, along with the hex head ...
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fixing stripped screw in soft-wood door frame? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I rehang a wooden door with worn screw holes? As you can see in the below image, the upper screw holding in the lock plate (name?) has stripped completely out of ...
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what sized screw should I use?

I have a projector screen which weighs 26kg and I'm trying to fix it on to the wall. The screen has holes for two screws and I'm wondering what size screw I need to support that weight. To ...
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Clothes hanger trolley DIY

I want to create my own clothes hanger trolley with these objectives: I don't care how it looks, its for temporary use in fact and all I really care is that its 1) sturdy, 2) cheap, 3) easy to build. ...
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How to choose the right wall plug size?

I dislike drilling holes, as it irreversibly damages the wall. Therefore I am very careful not to make too much of them. And in the cases I think it is unavoidable, I like to make as tiny a hole as ...
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Refastening a cabinet door

A cabinet door in my kitchen detached from the cabinet- the screws are about 1/2" long and weren't enough to hold the door in place. The screws are short to keep them from poking out the back side of ...
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“Bendy” screwdriver

I've got some screws right next to the geyser and there’s no space to get a screwdriver in. I'm guessing they were originally inserted before the geyser was installed. Is there such a thing as a ...
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Which drywall screws to choose

1 1/4", 1 5/8", 2 1/2", bugle head, trim head, drill point, sharp point, coarse thread, fine thread... With so many different kinds of drywall screws available, how is anybody to know which type and ...
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What are the main options for fastening MDF to MDF?

I am interested in building boxes and cabinets from 3/4" MDF (I know, I could buy plywood. Bear with me.) What are the main types of screws and fasteners I can use to do this? I am aware of glue ...
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Why should I use advanced nails instead of wood screws for strength?

Recently I found that there're some superior nails for constructing hurricane-resistant houses - with very clever design for preventing pulling the nails out and tearing the boards off when the ...
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When is a 5x40mm confirmat screw appropriate compared to the slightly larger 7x50mm screw?

I'm thinking about getting some confirmat screws for 3/4" material. Should I get the 40mm or the 50mm variety?