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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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How do I keep the door jamb moulding from pulling away from the wall when hardware is screwed in?

Total novice here. My wife wants one of those security door guards (a hinged arm that swings open to a point) on the door. I had bought the hardware, but put it off when the provided screws turned out ...
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How can I remove a really stuck screw?

I often come across screws that just won't budge with a manual screwdriver or even a driver bit in a drill. They are of different screw types and heads in a variety of different materials. What are ...
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Which thermal circuit breaker should I buy?

I live in a small house in Argentina where we use 220 volts. I have a thermal circuit breaker that do squeak noises when the iron starts or the fridge starts. I adjusted the four screws of the breaker ...
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Installing a ceiling light with screw holes that don't match the ceiling bracket

I want to install an IKEA Calypso ceiling light. The screw holes in my ceiling measure 7 cm across. The screw holes on the light differ - they measure 9 cm across. How would I screw in the light if ...
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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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Help please!!! Screw won't loosen?

I have a screw that won't loosen completely it spins to the right and the left but ends up tightening again. I think it has a certain point where it'll just let go and be able to be pulled out but I ...
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Reusing Old Gold Course Screws on a New Project

Learning from guys who had no power tools but were craftsman in the day my learning experience was not to re use nails or screws for many reasons. Got into a huge argument with a College Grad who ...
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What type of tool do I need to remove this screw?

As the title says. I need to remove this type of screw, but don't know what tool to use. Does anyone know where can I get the screwdriver for this?
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Best way to remove anchors from concrete?

The people we purchased our home from put up a wall in the 3 car garage between the 1st and 2nd space, but never finished it and I am now looking to remove the entire wall. There are several ...
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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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What screws for attaching 1/2“ ply to 3/4” ply?

I was using all-purpose screws (1 1/4") to attach my second layer of plywood to the under layer. The top layer does not get screwed into the floor joists. A lot of the screws just spin and don't sink ...
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Remove a screw with a broken head

Used an impact driver to screw into a (pre-drilled) stud. The head of the cheap screw broke off, just about flush with the drywall. How do I remove this screw?
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How can I remove this screw?

Any one know how to open this screw? Tried pliers but no avail and standard box of security screwdrivers couldnt open it. Here are some more photos
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loosen a stuck screw

I have a gas grill and planned on replacing the rusted burners. I have 2 of the 4 screws out, the other 2 will not budge. They are machine screw through the aluminum burner into steel. I tried liquid ...
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How do you secure pre-built garage shelving to the frame?

We have built the typical free-standing 4-level garage shelves(similar to this) & want to secure it to the house frame in the garage. The whole thing is pretty sturdy but we just want to be safe ...
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How to remove a brass concrete anchor?

I have brass anchors like below in the concrete deck around my pool. Today, when I was raising the inner screw to install the cover, the screw was being very difficult. Trying to raise it, the inner ...
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When wiring a mains plug, why are the cables squeezed under the screws and not circled around?

By chance, I ran into a video about a guy ranting about mains plugs used in Britain. In the video, he shows how they are wired as well. So this got me intrigued and I watched a few others. In all ...
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How to fix a plug socket whose screws don't hold anymore?

I removed the screws of the socket (as shown in the image) to check something, and when I tried screwing it back in, the screw wouldn't hold anymore. It just keeps coming off. I tried sticking the ...
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What's the best way to remove a wall plug?

I use wall plugs a lot for putting screws into brick walls. It's easy to get the screw out when you want to remove them and usually you can loosen the screw a bit and pull and then both the wall plug ...
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What do I do if drywall screws won't penetrate the studs?

We have begun a bathroom remodel project. All the studs were exposed by removing plaster, wood lath and old plastic tile. We began attempting to install the ceiling drywall first. We were able to ...
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How can I use toggle bolts with limited depth behind them?

I have a predicament, I am putting up a shelf into the wall. The wall is plaster, and then hollow and then concrete. I have screws with toggle bolts on them. The 2 inch screw with the toggle bolt ...
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Bathroom subfloor replacement

I live in a house built in 1981 that has 16 inch spaced floor joists. In wanting to retile the bathroom I have discovered the plywood all around the toilet flange is junk, it expands about 12 inches ...
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Achoring with Drill versus Anchoring with Spanner

I'm trying to anchor a bench onto stone. Through holes I've drilled into my bench posts, and holes that I will have drilled into concrete, I plan to drive lag screws. A fail-proof procedure calls ...
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How to loosen a rusted nut/screw

I have been trying the change the screws connecting the toilet tank, i managed to remove the tank but the nut it completely rusted and became one with the screw. I tried holding the screw in place ...
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Driving screws back into weathered deck

I have a 20+ year old deck behind my home. It's in great shape, but I want to refinish it this summer. Problem is, a number of the Phillips screws have popped up over the years. I have a basic Hitachi ...
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When installing backer board for wall tiles, do the screws need to be absolutely flush or even pushed into the backer?

I'm asking because some screws will not go in fully flush. But I'm thinking the layer of thinset then tile will surely cover any screws that aren't flush, so tiles won't 'pop' out.
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Should I be concerned about wearing out the clutch when driving screws with my drill/driver?

The clutch on a drill/driver is used to limit the amount of torque applied when driving screws. However, as the clutch is a mechanical part subject to wear especially when it slips, I'm concerned ...
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How do I use self-drilling and tapping SS screws?

I've got an aluminum pole set consisting of multiple segments that need to be connected together to form one long pole using self-drilling and tapping SS screws. I've never used this type of screw ...
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Connect Unistrut/Superstrut to the garage ceiling

I'm planning on building storage above my garage door using an 8' x 4' platform from plywood and 2x4s. One 8' side would attach to the garage wall with lag screws. The other 8' side would be attached ...
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Screw Size Unit Conversion

I would like to find out what English units of measure are for a screw size described as ST5X70. Where can I get this information?
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How can I find a replacement screw/bolt?

I have a cast iron Christmas tree stand and I need to replace the screws/bolts. Where can I get them and/or how can I determine the thread so that I can check at a hardware store?
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Problem Using Wall Anchors for Curtain Rod

I'm trying to hang curtains for a floor-to-ceiling window by using drywall anchors to hold up the curtain rod. However, the plastic screw gets stuck about halfway anywhere I attempt to drill. When I ...
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Reusing screw holes in lumber

My townhouse has some outdoor stairs built out of 6" x 8" lumber (i.e., the first step is comprised of two pieces of lumber (with no "nosing")). A couple of the steps are rotten and I need to change ...
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How do I repair screw holes in a brick wall?

I have screw holes which were put in to support a curtain rail. The curtain's been pulled out a few times by accident, and now the screw holes are crumbling and I don't know how to repair that portion ...
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Is there a special type of screw to hang a light fixture onto the ceiling?

I am trying to hang a light fixture on the ceiling of my kitchen. What i have noticed from other light fixtures that I have hung is that it takes a special type of screw (or at least it seems like it) ...
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What tool should I use to remove a screw from cramped spaces?

I don't tackle many DIY projects. But when I do, the most frustrating thing is knowing that I'm doing things inefficiently. I watch a YouTube video where the guy says it should take 5 minutes to ...
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What screwdriver do I need for this 'star' shaped fitting?

I need to unscrew the screw in this picture. It doesn't seem to be using a standard fitting however. What screwdriver so I need for this?
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How do I use precision screwdrivers?

I am talking about those small and narrow screwdrivers with a thin handle. I can't get a tight enough grip on the handle to generate enough torque to remove a small screw. Do I have to use something ...
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How do I choose more durable screwdriver bits?

I recently bought a $35 cordless screwdriver that came in a suitcase with screwdriver bits. I was in shock when the Pozidriv bit splintered after screwing only 3 1-inch screws in the leg of an ...
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How do I measure for replacement screws?

I'm attempting to replace some screws. The problem is, I don't have any existing to compare against a chart. How can I measure the tapped length and diameter? Obviously, thread spacing is still a ...
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How is this screw head called? [duplicate]

I want to disassemble a broken hair dryer (just to see what's inside), but I just found out it uses a weird tamper-proof screw I had never seen in my life. Trying to google for it doesn't help much; I ...
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With self drilling screw should I use a drill or a driver?

I need to affix some sheet metal using self drilling screws like the ones below. I have drill/driver with variable torque. What should I use for drilling/driving that? At first I'm drilling, but later ...
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When Laying Tongue and Groove plywood over 1x6 subfloor, do I lay it with the grain perpendicular to the floor joists or to the 1x6 boards underneath?

I am redoing a bedroom and I am in the process of installing a new sub floor. I currently have 1x6 running perpendicular to the floor joists. Some do have a bit of give to them. I am laying over that ...
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Are there any advantages to using s-clips for attaching a table top instead of a right angle bracket?

I'm looking to build the "Simple, Sturdy Workbench" from Getting Started in Woodworking, Season 2 - http://www.startwoodworking.com/getting-started. The design attaches the bench top to the frame ...
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How to fix over-tightened metal drywall anchor?

I was installing a metal drywall anchor for the first time, and accidentally over tightened it. Now it isn't tight on the wall, and is unusable. I can not remove the screw from the wall, and am ...
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Removing broken screw from electrical box

How can I remove a broken screw from an electrical box? I have added a picture below. I was attempting to replace the outdoor outlet, as I described in this question. I was using a brand new screw ...
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What type of screws should I use?

I am going to build a set of shelves for my wall to hold my bead jars. The shelves are narrow 4" nominal and very close together 3" is the farthest apart they will be. I'm using quality pine ...
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Is beeswax ok to use to keep a screw tight?

I have purchased a table and chair set, and the screws holding it together consistently come loose (from pulling and dragging I assume). I have heard that beeswax will help hold things together, and ...
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How many screws are there in a 5lb box of 3 inch screws?

About how many screws are in this 5lb box? Deck Mate #9 x 3 in. Tan Polymer-Plated Flat-Head Star Wood Screws (5 lb. Pack)