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What tool should I use to unscrew a hard-to-access hexagonal screw?

I recently bought a place which came with the appliances, one of them being a dishwasher. I'd like to extract the dishwasher from its compartment. From what it seems, the only thing preventing me to ...
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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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how to select the correct size bit for screws?

I am going to use this screw to join 2x4s together. How can I select the correct bit size for this screw? Product image from homedepot.com (linked above)
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Can I use screws for attaching a ladder to a bunk bed?

My wife and I have built bunk beds and the final step is attaching the ladder. The ladder is constructed out of 2x4s will be attached to the 2x6 rails of the bed. (The ladder rails are oriented ...
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Pilot hole for acrylic and polycarbonate sheets [on hold]

StackExchange doesn't seem to have forum for crafting, DYI for Arts, crafts and decorating products yet. So let me rephrase my question please. When drilling screw holes for arcylic and polycarbonate ...
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Is there any problem using brass screws to fit zinc hinges?

I have a set of brass screws that fit the zinc hinges and in the interests of not wasting money and resources, I thought I could just use them together. I realise that they may look a bit odd, but ...
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How can I remove a stubborn screw from a toilet seat?

I would like to install on a one piece Kohler toilet a bidet. When I tried to unscrew the screw from the seat, it just didn't move, not with the screwdriver nor the drill. So I put wd40 but still ...
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Corner brace with countersink on opposite sides?

Is there a special name for a corner brace which has the countersink on opposite sides? That being that on one leg of the "L" the countersink is on the side pointing out of the angle, where on the ...
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How do I rehang a wooden door with worn screw holes?

I have a wood door in one of my rooms where the top screws no longer hold the hinge to the wall because the screw holes have worn loose. I have tried slightly larger screws and filling with wood ...
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Bumped into a joist while drilling for a toggle bolt

Uh oh. I've used two other toggle bolts to hang plants using a swag hook in this 2 sq foot area of my ceiling, and it never occurred to me that I might actually hit a joist. The one inch gap between ...
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How to remove screws with stripped heads?

I have wood screws whose heads are stripped from trying to remove them with a drill. The drill (or screwdrivers) can't grip the heads anymore. What can i use to remove these screws easily?
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Mounting Cast Iron Brackets

I have a cast iron bracket to hang on a 4 x 4 wood post. The bracket weighs about 7 pounds and will extend out about 17 inches and the part that will be screwed into the post is 9" long and has 3 ...
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What kind of screws are used for plywood subflooring?

I have removed the old bathroom lino and cleaned the parts that adhered to the floor. I want to screw down the existing plywood subfloor because the nails are old (45yrs) and sparse. What kind of ...
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Is framing with screws legal?

A friend used trim head screws for ALL of the 2x4 framing (including the outer walls) of his 2400 sq. ft. house. The house uses 8x8s to carry the load; none of the 2x4 framing is load bearing. The ...
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What is this screw called?

I need a screw for some outside door handles, and I cannot rethread the holes as some parts are brittle plastic and other parts are soft metal. I need an exact replacement for this screw, but I do ...
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Re-using Stud hole in wall

I have a guitar hanger that I didn't put together tightly enough so it loosened over time, and I want to tighten it and hang it again. It was put into a stud and I was wondering if I could reuse the ...
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Toggle bolt stuck in the ceiling with mounting plate

I bought 3 LED flat panel ceiling lights from Costco. 2 panels installed perfectly. One one panel, 3 toggle bolts are installed perfectly, but 1 toggle bolt is stuck and I cannot screw it into the ...
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18 inch lag screw protruding from stud supporting 20lbs

I need advice on how to keep a 48" diameter "cat exercise wheel" axle made from 3/4" pvc pipe free floating on an [18" lag screw] ...
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Countersink and Screw Size

I have been googling this for a few hours now and I really can't find a direct answer. This is a stupid question to validate my logic, however I like firm answers instead of assuming. I need a ...
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How to put the washers on the screw

So, I got a screw and things that look like rings (washers). One of them looks like incomplete ring (C-shaped), another is really a complete bigger ring. The assembly instruction says I need to put ...
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How to fasten boards flush to the face of square posts

I might take 3 square wooden posts, about 1.5 meters high, and I need to link them to one or more boards on the bottom, if you propose screws, keep in mind that it has to sit level so they have to be ...
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The right-handed (RH) thread vs the left-handed (LH) thread in screws

I know that there are screws with these features and know how to distinguish them. Usually there are screws on the right thread. When and what type of screws should I use?
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Metric Screw Size Specification Question: M4x10K?

I have a quick question about interpreting a screw specification on a repair diagram. I am usually pretty good with buying replacement screws and threads/sizing but this screw is a metric size (which ...
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What length of Tapcon/ramset nail for base plate?

I'm wavering back and forth between installing a my baseplate to my basement floor with either tapcons or ramset. Tapcon Pros: Can use existing impact driver and only need to buy Impact bit set ...
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How to remove what I think is a screw head caught in a waste disposal

I have a waste disposal, and what looks like a screw head, which is jammed in the waste disposal unit (an Insinkerator 55 if it matters). This means as the machine is turned on, it makes a banging ...
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How can I attach a Pergola/lean-to to a pebble dash wall?

I am planning to install a Pergola/Lean-to to the back of my house, to use as a sheltered patio. I have been watching numerous videos and have picked up some fabulous information, however, I'm a ...
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Loose thread in standing lamp between base and rod

My wife just bought a lamp at Target, the kind you have to self assemble the rod from 4 hollow pipes and a base, where the electrical wire is already threaded through all of them. Each of the 4 ...
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How to remove a screw inserted from the wrong side in an IKEA ALEX drawer unit?

We just bought an IKEA Alex 9 drawer unit. I assembled most of it without difficulty, except for step step 25 from the assembly instructions. I wasn't paying enough attention, and screwed the screw in ...
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How to drill a hole in the wood without an electric drill?

During a travel in Laos, I need to drill some holes into a double-door's wood to install a locker. The wood is rather hard, and I don't have an electric drill (and can't find it). I only have 2 small ...
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Threaded hollow wall anchors spin out partway in

Today I tried to install one of those Ikea kids storage units on my daughter's wall. It's a stud partition wall in a newly-constructed house. Before attempting it I spoke to one of the builders who ...
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Fix a screw into a wall-plug

The mirror in the bathroom is held by two hooks, that are screwed into the wall through wall-plugs. One of the hooks has become loose, and can easily turn around, and is thus not holding the mirror ...
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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 kind of grease can be used on outdoor screws to avoid rust

I have fixed some screws outside to mount a house number onto masonry. I feel like I should probably apply some sort of grease or water repellent to avoid rust as they will be exposed to rain ...
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taking out damaged small screws

I want to replace this 1 inch hinge on a decorative cabinet. the screws are pretty small and their head is damaged as you can see in the pictures. I can't get any leverage with the screw driver. Does ...
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How do I remove these screws from an IKEA Micke table?

I have assembled a Table Micke for the 1st time ... but I have some screws I want to remove. or didn't fit well (shld have tighten all screws more), 110126, 103430, 110630 the look like below ...
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How do I remove this type of screw/nail (Cadet Heater FWC wall can)

I am a newbie. I want to remove Cadet Heater wall can and patch up the drywall but it appears that the wall can is secured by 4 round flat screws on the side. I tried pliers but it's small and round ...
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Metal door/ wood screws

The condo board just replaced my old wood door, with a sheet metal door. both having windows. I need to hang blinds and the kit does not have metal screws. Will my blinds be secure enough if I drill ...
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Long screw that wont come out

I am trying to get a long screw out of the box for a ceiling fan. The head is not stripped and the screw only comes out a little and then hits a point where it stops. I have tried screwing it back in ...
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How to fix a stripped hole in a plaster wall?

I hired a "professional" painting crew to paint the stairs area, where the crew installed new brackets for the handrail. Unfortunately I did not supervise the work myself. I recently noticed that I ...
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Why do lag screws have the unthreaded body between the head and the threads?

Why do lag screws have the unthreaded body between the head and the threads? And why is that 'Body' the same diameter as the outer 'Thread' diameter? Why doesn't the transition immediately abut the ...
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How can I choose the best lag screw / lag bolt?

I will be fastening Unistrut vertically along studs to facilitate garage storage, and want some guidance on choosing the "best" lag bolts to use. I want them large enough to handle hundreds of pounds ...
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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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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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Why are there so many different types of screws (phillps/flat/hex/star/etc)?

Newbie question. Why is it that there's a bazillion different types of screws? Why can't we just always use one standard screw type? Are there advantages/disadvantages to the different types? Are ...
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Fastening plastic to metal

I have a thin piece of plastic (1mm thick) to be attached onto a metal cabinet door, in which a screw hole will be drilled. I'm hoping to use a small screw for this (~3-4mm long). Is M3 adequate for ...
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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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What Size Screw Should I Use?

I want to fasten 1/2 " - 3/4" boards onto 2x2s. I'd like to scew them from the back so that they cannot be seen. What size screw should I use?
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Hanging pictures/mirrors to drywalls without leaving big holes

What are the best methods (screws, hooks, etc) to hang heavy objects (such as huge mirrors and framed pictures) on drywalls while doing the less possible damage? I don't mind drilling holes in the ...
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Removing counter sunk metal security Torx head screws

I have a lot of frozen countersunk T10H security pin Torx head 6-32 screws to remove from cast aluminum weatherproof enclosures. I have tried tapping, torqueing in both directions, penetrating oil, ...
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How do you screw in double-ended screws?

I have a flat pack shelving unit to put together. It has double ended screws. According to the instructions you just screw them in using your hands. This is impossible: the pre-drilled holes seem way ...