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comment What type of bolt has a shoulder portion above and unthreaded region below threads?
@paperstreet You could probably fake one up using a drill-press, a bit of plastic tubing for the chuck to grip onto and a hand file. Cordless drill might even suffice if you clamped it down somehow.
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comment What can I do if my toilet bowl fills with water, but doesn't actually flush?
Yes, clogging. Plunge that sucker. You may need to snake it as well. I once retrieved a toothbrush stuck at the high point of a toilet's siphon. That collected TP until the toilet acted exactly as described by user27424.
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comment How can I fill a hole in a brick wall so that it can be redrilled
Just skip the anchor. The screw will compress nicely against the epoxy, and the epoxy against the brick, no anchor needed.
Oct
28
comment How can I fill a hole in a brick wall so that it can be redrilled
Yes, use a wood bit on the epoxy resin. A typical masonry bit would rip it up badly.
Oct
28
comment How can I fill a hole in a brick wall so that it can be redrilled
Pilot hole should go full screw length. Metric? This chart should help you pick the right diameter.engineeredpartsinc.com/pdf/pilot-hole-sizes.pdf You want the pilot hole to be just slightly larger than the shank, but obviously less than the thread diameter.
Oct
28
answered How can I fill a hole in a brick wall so that it can be redrilled
Oct
27
comment How can I clean this metal box?
Looks a lot like bright tinwork to me, indian or arabic. msue.msu.edu/objects/content_revision/download.cfm/…
Oct
27
comment How can I use a 16A appliance in a UK 13A socket?
16 X 250 is 4000 watts! That's industrial scale frying, not a home unit. The plug is simply over-engineered.
Oct
20
comment Lubricant for squeaky doors
Clean the pins and hinges before lubricating. Black brass oxides and other ugly stuff builds up in hinges over the years. Get rid of it and your lubricant will at least start out its life squeaky clean, and less likely to squeak.
Oct
18
comment How can I determine what's behind a wall?
No crawlspace at all on the mystery side? There should at least be vents you can shine a flashlight through on the outside of the house.
Oct
18
comment What could be the reason for the Microwave door to have burning spots and smell after use?
When did you last thoroughly dlean the door? A little grease spatter in the wrong place can heat up mighty fast. At 9 years, it's also possible the microwave stirrer fan has stopped working, resulting in hotspots. google.com/…
Oct
15
comment Microwave not heating - replaced magnetron; now what?
Thermal fuses on microwaves are often one-shot. There was probably one located directly on the old magnetron. Did you replace it? Some manufacturers have also been known to hide the things in other places as well. Look for them.
Oct
3
comment How do I reduce noise from the bolt hitting the strike plate on a door with an automatic closer?
Is the latch well lubricated? They can get dirty/sticky over time. That makes the closing noise louder. A little cleaning and a spritz of silicone lubricant might reduce noise to a more acceptable level.
Oct
2
comment Refrigerator leaks
Frost free? Freezer drain line is probably blocked w minerals or mold. They can tell you how to clean it over at Home Improvement Stack. Brand model and year of fridge would be helpful information.
Oct
2
comment What do I do if drywall screws won't penetrate the studs?
You need a sharp drill bit to get through that old hard pine. Go to the store and buy several brad point bits in the diameter you need. Expect to break a bit or two, and to have to change out the bits when they get dull.
Oct
1
comment Is there any way I can use regular dremel bits on a dremel trio?
A picture of the collet would be helpful. Is it a variant on a standard 1/4" collet, some weird variant on same, or built in and unremovable?
Sep
29
comment How can I unjam a garbage disposal that the allen wrench doesn't fix?
You've pushed the little red thermal reset button that some garbage disposals have on their side or bottom?
Sep
16
answered Is there an cheaper alternative to plexiglass?
Sep
14
comment Furnace reset problem
You may not be waiting long enough for the thermostat's hysteresis setting. See: google.com/…
Sep
10
answered How to remove markings from laundry sink