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Do I need to anchor this cabinet?

I have a massive wooden cabinet. Behind it is a masonry wall. Do I need to anchor the cabinet to the wall? There are walls to the left and right of it, so it cannot be pushed except from the front. If ...
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Anchoring wall mounted parasol

I have bought a wall mounted parasol (this one), and now I need to attach it to my house. The parasol comes with 14mm wall-plugs and appropriate carriage bolts - my problem lies in where to attach it. ...
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Hung a shelf on a plaster wall, and it fell, but I want to try again--how do I do it right?

I hung 6 Ikea shelves (these ones, which are metal L-shaped brackets with wood shelves on top) on plaster walls using medium-duty plastic anchors. It was a real issue while we were working. The ...
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Removing painted over screw wall plugs (UK) and badly applied filler

I need to fix these eyesores on my walls. I think the wall has been painted with wood paint, and wall plugs (anchors) have been mudded and painted over. Any advice for how to fix this? Thanks!
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Filling large hole to screw/drill into again

I have a radiator which was not on properly. I tries tightening the screws but the original plaster just gave way. I filled it with 2 products (polycell and ronseal) which both claimed they could take ...
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Does a brick sleeve anchor need to go all the way in?

I want to hang a heavy piece of art (~8 lbs) over the bed, so I want to make sure that it is very securely attached. I was going to use a toggle bolt, but after drilling the hole in the wall, it seems ...
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How do I remove this wall anchor stuck in concrete wall?

Bought a TV recently. Tried to mount it onto our concrete block wall. Drilled. Hammered the M8 wall anchor bolt (with the nut on) too hard and it morphed the bolt. Struggled to unscrew the nut, ended ...
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Unsure how to use these dry wall anchors?

I am trying to install a floating shelf unit and the included wall anchors are these. I've tried following the guide Here but it seems that mine have two tabs sticking out that stops them from ...
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Wall anchors stuck halfway in stucco

I'm trying to install the a security camera outdoor on stucco. I used the drill to drill a hole until it hits something and cannot go further. Then I put the wall anchor into the hole and found that I ...
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Recommended sleeve anchor length for block wall (hollow blocks)

Am attaching a window well to the outside foundation wall. Foundation is built with blocks (hollow). I have some 3/8 x 3" sleeve anchors but considering the block is hollow it made me wonder: is ...
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Best permanent female-thread anchor in block construction?

I'm helping a friend install hurricane panels over the windows in their house. These panels are 5/8"-thick extruded clear(ish) plastic sheets, dimensionally similar to 5/8" plywood. These ...
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Pergola pier anchor bolts too high for new post base standoff

I have a cedar pergola that a contractor built for me 10 years ago. Recently I found carpenter ant damage to the posts, and previously posed the question here as to whether the posts were still ...
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The right anchors for our walls

I need to start putting things up on the walls in our new apartment we've moved to and a couple of light duty things were easy enough but I have to put up some shelves and things now that are 20 ...
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Drilling in a corner right next to a wall

Background In the kitchen I have an 80cm wide recess that perfectly fit with my 80cm wide x 72cm tall cupboards I got as a gift when moving in. One of the cupboards stands on the floor in the recess ...
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What type of wall mount is this (composed of spring, metal piece, and screw)?

The walls in my office have grooves built in for hanging chalkboards, and I see that one chalkboard in the office has already been hung using a mount composed of a spring, a metal piece, and a screw (...
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Breaking Carbide Drill Bits

I was hanging some shelves on my kitchen walls. It's an interior wall of a 100 year old addition, these seem to be drywall glued directly to red brick, maybe plaster with dry wall glued to it. I ...
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anchoring a beam made from dimensional lumber to concrete piers

The rim joists of a shed will sit on two horizontal beams. The beams need to be secured to concrete piers with some kind of galvanized tie. Something like the one in the picture. The beams will be ...
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How do I fill the holes in concrete to reattach a curtain rod?

I am very, very new to this DIY thing, so be gentle. A bedroom curtain rod popped out of this concrete wall with a surface material which I don't recognize. The rod holds fairly heavy blackout ...
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Can you use self-drilling anchors on old plaster ceiling?

I'm installing a track light on the ceiling. The ceiling is old plaster (~1945) The fixtures come with what I can tell are self-drilling anchors. Is it a good idea to use these anchors on plaster ...
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What type of screws/anchors to fasten a closer to a steel door

What are some proper screws or anchors to use for affixing something to a steel walk-in door? The example for this question will be attaching an automatic closer to an exterior steel door. The door is ...
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Does anyone know where I can find this sort of l-screw hollow wall anchor combo?

I have tried putting a heavy painting up that has two slots where l-shaped screws hold it up. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a drywall anchor long enough so that the l-screws go in deep ...
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How can I attach the sill plate to the block formation (contractor did not do it)

When we purchased this home we had some renovations done before we moved in, one included framing in an existing covered porch on 2 sides. The builder came highly recommended and routinely built $500k+...
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Expanding foam in anchor bolt area?

I have a detached mother-in-law suite being finished. The exterior walls have three 2x6s stacked. I believe the bottom is the sill plate. The anchor bolts go through there. Then there is a second ...
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Help identifying pieces in ambiguous wall anchor kit

I’m a newbie at installing things into the studs / drywall, and I need some help identifying how to use what is included in this wall rack mount kit. Three yellow pieces (anchors?) Three long screws ...
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How to support 20 feet of 4 inch pvc drain pipe horizontally along a concrete wall?

I need to run 20 feet of 4 inch drain pipe horizontally along a concrete wall. Someone suggested saddle clamps and anchors. I am not sure exactly what type to use, especially if the pipe is full of ...
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What is the white/cream colored plastic behind drywall in my wall?

I am running into a problem using self drilling anchors, where there appears to be a thin hard white plastic surface on the backside of the sheet rock. This is the last pole of 6 that I need to ...
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Toggle anchor will not pull all the way

I am installing two toggle anchors in drywall to hold a heavy mirror. The first one went normally, but this second one will not cinch all the way. No human strength can push the plastic disk farther ...
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Safe mounting of decorative hook with small holes

I have a few of these hooks I'd like to mount, but I'm having trouble figuring out the right way to secure them. I determined the holes are a bit wider than 7/64 inches by passing that size drill bit ...
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Anchors for concrete - what to use on a concrete ceiling?

When it comes to concrete, besides metal anchors like lag shield we have the plastic ones being: wall plug, plastic anchor and ribbed anchor. Is there any other (non-metal) anchor that can be used on ...
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Install wood panel in concrete ceiling

I would like to install a 30 x 60 inches wood panel (1 inch thick) in the ceiling. Not sure how much this wood panel alone would weight. Looking for suggestions of what kind of wood to use. The idea ...
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Proper sized screws to attach whiteboard on wall

I need to attach a 120 x 200 cm (47.2" x 78.7") whiteboard to a concrete wall with some plaster on it, and the whiteboard arrived with 4 screws which seem kind of small to me. I will be ...
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How to keep plastic concrete screw anchors from spinning?

I keep on getting these concrete anchoring kits in floor safes that consist of a 1/2" plastic insert and lag screw. (see photo) The instructions say to drill a 1/2" hole in the concrete, tap ...
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Attaching video doorbell to stucco over rigid foam insulation

To the right and left of my front door are 6" deep protrusions/doorposts covered in stucco. I'm pretty sure (from another home installation project) that these posts are not really doorposts but ...
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Replacing overtightened molly bolts

I’m attempting to hang a 12.5kg mirror on plasterboard using a French cleat fixing. The studs are in the wrong place, so I’ve used three molly bolts. Unfortunately one is spinning (perhaps ...
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Screw not fully screwed into drywall anchor

I used these drywall anchors. They went into the wall just fine and are flush against the wall. However my clothing rack requires 16 screws, and I think I didn't measure and drill perfectly well, so ...
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How to anchor railings into concrete correctly

Where I live the most popular way to anchor railings or fence into concrete is a method that I cannot find any reference about it on the web. A 7mm hole is drilled into concrete and then a 8mm steel ...
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How to best connect anodized aluminum and wood posts

I have added an anodized aluminum guardrail to the edge of my raised patio on one side. The other sides are surrounded by wood guardrails. The wood posts are roughly 3" x 3" pine, and the ...
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Vinyl Fence on Deck - How to stabilize or strength the Post Support

I have a 14' long fence on top of my composite deck. In the wind, it sways quite a bit and is very noisy. The fencing seems to catch the wind like a parachute. The furthest post doesn't move much as ...
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Concrete screws not going in all the way [duplicate]

I'm attempting to use tapcon 1/4in by 2.75in concrete screws to affix something to a wall of poured concrete, but it's only going about 3/5 of the way in before refusing to go any further. I used the ...
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Structural integrity of new fence on concrete slab

I recently bought a condo with a 11'x13' patio with a wooden privacy fence. The fence is in pretty bad shape so I want redo it with new wood in a more modern design by doing horizontal planks. I ...
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How can I drill into cinder blocks and attack brackets?

I want to affix some shelves to some cinder block walls. The shelves would be 3000 x 400mm. I have been eyeing up these brackets as supports. The shelves will be to hold power tools and toolboxes and ...
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Anchor 1x2 wood on cabinet side wall

Can anyone recommend a good method of anchoring a 1x2 9" wood strip on the side of the cabinet wall? The strip will be used as a shelving bracket. I don't expect there to be a lot of weight but I'd ...
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Securing a large screw hook in drywall without an anchor

I have a large-ish screw hook in some drywall that is only supporting a dustpan and hand brush. The hook is not in a stud. As-is, the weight is not too much and the solution works. However, I am ...
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Attachment sites for sun sail on house

I am looking to install an 18’ by 18’ shade sail. 2 corners I am planning on putting in 6 x 6 posts cemented into the ground. I’m having trouble with the other 2 corners that need to be safely ...
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How to support freestanding trellis with 2x4 legs

I'm getting married soon. One of the decorations is a custom built arbor 7.5 ft tall, 7 ft wide, and 2 ft deep, made with 2x4 legs. After the wedding we want to install it in our garden as a rose ...
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How to mount header bracket for garage door opener to concrete wall?

The anchor of the header bracket securing the garage door opener's rail to the concrete wall above the garage door came loose over time and with vibrations (details in a previous question). What is ...
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Concrete floor "too thin" for bolt and sleeve anchor

In our 100-year-old co-op building in NYC, I'm replacing a failed door stop with a heavier one to prevent our (very) hefty entrance door from smashing the doorway's marble. The door stop is intended ...
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How to mount these anchors?

In the mounted object (pull-up bar) there are 4 holes and in the kit there are 4 such anchors. One type has a metal sleeve, there's decent gap between internal bolt and the sleeve - it moves freely, ...
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Mounting pull up bar on cinder block wall

So, I've read through a bunch of stuff online for mounting a pull up bar to a cinder block wall and before I go out and rent a hammer drill I want to see what would be the best anchor system for my ...
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Screw for concrete roof

I am installing some solar panels that measure 41" x 27" on my concrete flat roof using slotted angle bars. What type of of screws (as well as wish and length) would be best to attach to the roof and ...
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