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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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What kind of screwdrivers can unscrew these screws?

I have used this laptop fan cooler pad for almost two years: Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Ultra-Slim Laptop Cooling Pad with 160mm Fan (R9-NBC-XSLI-GP) https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005C31HC0? ...
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Why does my drill bit destroy the screw head?

I have a craftsman drill which I use for drilling. When I use a screwdriver head to fix screws in drywall or wood, it keeps on destroying the head of the screw. So much so that the screw head is ...
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What screwdriver should I use to remove drawer handles?

I'm changing the handles on my drawers, and I can't get the screws out. I think the screws might be a Phillips raised countersunk but I'm not sure. All I know is that it is a Phillips head screw. What ...
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How to remove rivets?

I have to remove these rivets (see pics). What tool can I use for that?
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How should this vintage wall-mount sink be mounted? Does not fit standard cast iron brackets

I'm planning to wall-mount a vintage 'Standard' victorian cast iron sink similar to the one in this question: Antique Cast Iron Sink Wall Mounting Support and Weight Issues?. That sink has two bolt ...
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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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Reparing rock lath plaster around thermostat wires in wall…need troubleshooting advice!

I have been trying to find advice on how to do something similar to patch a rock lath plaster wall around my thermostat wires. It doesn't look like the original screws were screwed into anything ...
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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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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 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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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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what type of sheet metal screws are harder than stainless steel?

I am trying to repair my dishwasher that has a stainless interior. I need to use stainless sheet metal screws so they wont corrode. I've got holes drilled and the screws go into the thin stainless ...
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How to hang a TV on a drywall with no studs and no room for toggle bolts?

I am hanging a TV in a narrow wall space that has no studs behind it. I have verified there are no studs behind the drywall by using two different stud finders (a cheaper and a more expensive model). ...
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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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Screws for mounting exercise rings on concrete ceiling

I want to have a pair of still rings for training purposes in my room. To be more specific I want a pair of adjustable and storable still rings and for that, I need two screws in my concrete ceiling. ...
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Do I get away with the wrong screws and holes on a deck if the paint will cover both?

Before sanding and then painting a deck, I've turned the screws a little inside so they will not rip the sandpaper. Before I ask my questions, let me just mention that I've found it easier to unscrew ...
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Will this DeWalt #8 screw countersink bit be good for 1/16" aluminum?

I want to screw aluminum to wood. If it was wood to wood, this bit: Image from zoro.com makes perfect sense for the pilot and counter sink. However, it makes no mention of if the counter sink part ...
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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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Hanging heavy mirror on brick wall

What size screw or bolt do I need to hang 55lb framed mirror on internal single brick wall? Two fixtures allowed on mirror back. Thanks
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Question on installing ski rack on on 36" wall space

I am trying to install ski rack on 36" wall space backed by 2 studs. To utilize maximum space, I think putting 2x4 wood board on wall fastened to 2 studs, and install ski rack on top of the board. ...
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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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Rebuilding an exterior deck is it better to use screws or nails?

I have a deck that is old and falling apart so it is time to replace it. To replace the deck boards I plan to remove existing, measure boards, cut new board and put the same size and board back into ...
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Unscrew a screw in a hole

There is a screw in a hole in my laptop. I fail to unscrew it with a screw driver. How can I unscrew it? The end of the handle of the screwdriver is loose, and what is the looseness supposed to be ...
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How many times can you unscrew a screw in wood before the hole is stripped? [closed]

This is obviously a broad question; I am just looking for a general idea.
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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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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 hardwood....
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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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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 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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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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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] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009ZZJCB4/ref=biss_dp_t_asn?&tag=...
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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 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 ...