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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 1"x4"x3'...
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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)
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How to make paint stick to a stud screw?

Around my house, I have a places on my walls where the paint has fallen off of stud screws. They are not popped screws. Rather, they are still depressed into the wall, so I don't know how why this ...
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how to remove a tiny screw that won't spin? [closed]

A friend asked me to have at a look at his 'broken' laptop and here's a picture of one of the screws. Click for larger view I've been trying to remove it for about 15 minutes. It's in a 'hole' of ...
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how to remove a stripped allen screw?

I removed a spout handle that kept falling apart to repair it with teflon tape. I am now trying to put the handle back but the hex bolt is half recessed and badly stripped. How would I remove it? I ...
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Without using dowels, how do I join 2x4s edge to edge to be 1.5“ x 7”?

I am trying to join a 2x4 supporting a workbench tabletop to another to make a backsplash of sorts. Any ideas how to do this without dowels? (No, I can't use 2x8)
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How can I remove the screw from a double demountable hinge?

I am replacing the double demountable hinges on my cabinets. Most of them are a breeze, but two of the narrow cabinets don't have the cutouts; instead, they just removed the plate and screw from the ...
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How can I replace the bleed plug for my towel rail?

I have a very similar type of radiator as this: However doing a bathroom refit, I have somehow lost the radiator bleed plug which is shown in the picture above. So if I turn the radiator on, it ...
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How to build a wooden ladder for a loft bed?

I want to build a five foot ladder for my 6 ft loft bed that's being cut down to 4ft tall because it's too close to my ceiling. My bed is going to be in front of my window which is on my shortest wall....
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For Subflooring, what is the distance needed between screws?

I have 3/8 inch particle board which I am screwing and gluing down to 5/8 plywood. How close together should the screws be?
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Can I use shorter screws to mount my blinds?

I've bought a pair of blinds that came with 1 1/4 inch screws; I'm unable to drill deep enough into the frame to fit the screws, the screws are sticking about 1/8 of a inch out . I end up hitting ...
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How can I fix a screw that has been stripped

Is it possible to fix a screw that has been stripped? It is not an uncommon problem to run into when you are into the DIY projects. I personally have come across this quite frequently. I would like a ...
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How do I screw two posts together so that they look seamless and can easily be taken apart and put back together?

I would appreciate help so much! I am trying to make a 'collapsible' arbor if you will. I would ideally like to saw my large birch posts in half and make them screw back together in the center, but I ...
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What guidelines exist for the number of screws needed to attach two pieces of wood?

Are there any guidelines or rules of thumb for how many screws I should use when screwing two pieces of wood together? For example if I have a 2cm x 10cm plank I want to screw onto a 10cm x 10cm post....
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How should I connect 2x4 (or wood horizontal railing pieces) to exterior painted wood?

I'm planning to add a 10-foot railing to a patio that has a 6x6 wood post on one end and the exterior of the house on the other end of what will be the railing. I'm planning wood horizontal rails (...
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How can I hang my cupboard on a stud wall?

I have a storage cupboard in which I'd like to put some shelves. No problem with brick walls as normally I'd just have wooden battens on 3 sides, srewed directly into the wall with rawlplugs, then ...
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Should anchors be used with screws going into framing?

I have just installed a bathroom vanity that came with screws and anchors. However, I just screwed the screws directly into the drywall, which has 2x4 framing positioned exactly where the screws go. ...
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What is the use for this different threading near the head of a large screw?

I'm inquiring about the strange threading at the base of this screw: These were used in somewhat heavy-duty outdoor construction. What is the purpose of that corkscrew, and is it safe to replace it ...
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How can I drive a screw with an impact drill?

I bought a Bosch PSB 650 RE Impact Drill and I have some question about how to use it for driving screws. I know it's not its primary function but for a few screws here and there it should work. I ...
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what substance should I use to refill a hole in wood?

I have a small wooden table (ikea) where the legs screw into the table top. The hole - into which one of the legs screw in - became wider, so now the leg is wobbly. How would I fix this? Is there a ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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 screws,...
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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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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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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 ...