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How much weight can threads hold?

I'm building a pot rack that will hang from my ceiling and I want to make sure it is secure. I rigged up a hanging apparatus that consists of a 1/2" x 12" bolt, two lock nuts, a 3/8" pipe floor ...
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What is the meaning of the letters on the top of a common hex bolt?

I recently drilled and tapped a 5/16"-18 in a piece of soft steel, then found that the 5/16"-18 bolt I had chosen wouldn't fit (the bolt was slightly too large). When I found that other 5/16"-18 ...
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Unsure how to hang awning on garage, nor what bolts to use

I bought a light awning set to put on the side of my garage, and it came with the following anchor bolts: My garage has a wooden panel attached to wooden studs inside the wall and I am trying to ...
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Can I use lag screws, lag bolts to hang swing vertically from a wood beam?

I need to hang a swing (picture attached) from a large wood beam in my living room. The beam is 1 foot high and 1/2 foot wide. (quite strong). I am planning to use 2 metal faceplates . Each ...
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Do toggle bolts have to be perpendicular to the floor?

Recently I installed floating shelves on my drywall using toggle bolts. I noticed some websites mention that toggle bolts need to open up in a way that is perpendicular to the floor. When I installed ...
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How to hang off of wide circular hole in concrete?

I have a concrete wall with many 2-inch diameter, 1.5 inch deep, perfectly cylindrical holes on it. I’d like to hang some relatively lightweight (up to 10 lbs) decorative stuff off of these holes. ...
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I tightened a Titus Minifix Cam too hard and now I have to take it apart. Is that OK?

I put together this TV stand, and used a cam/bolt dowel for the first time when I got to the step of attaching the top of the TV stand (A) to the two stand panels (E). Since I assumed the cam had to ...
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What is the equivalent degrees of one “turn”

Often in install or specification manuals you will see something like: Tighten X turns past finger tight Example This has always bothered me as it seems ambiguous. I've always taken this to mean ...
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How to remove carriage bolts from a basketball backboard?

How can I remove these carriage (or perhaps round head) bolts? (How were they ever tightened to begin with?) There seems to be no way to access behind the backboard.
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Removal of a Large Bolt

I looked at an earlier set of answers that seem to apply to this situation, but they are not quite the same and the question is different. I have a large pin that is threaded on one end. It is 1" dia ...
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What is type of screw is this?

This cylinder-like screw is screwed into an opening on the inside of a table. It basically "locks" into the screw that is facing down from the top. Kind of like this: I'm trying to get them out, yet ...
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What is the name of a “headless” bolt

Wasn't sure whether to post this on ELU or here, but thought I would have better luck here. Anyway Merriam Webster defines a Stud Bolt as a bolt with threads on both ends designed to be screwed ...
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Need help installing the pull up bar i just bought

i am a rookie that hasnt done much installing/drilling etc. in my life (just turned 18 ;P). So i bought this pull up bar online, assembled it, but now i have to install it to my wall. At first i ...
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What can I use as a thread “tightener” compound for a free-running bolt?

(I'm familiar with thread "locking" compounds, purple, blue, and red, but that's not what I'm looking for here. They lock once and then upon breaking the joint, do nothing further.) I'm looking for ...
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Turning a hard to access nut?

Working on the propane conversion of my gas stove. One of the orifices to be changed is in a very hard to access location - shown in the photo. The orifice is the "nut" I'm referring to, which you can ...
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Attach railing to aluminum post

I am putting in a handrail down the few steps into our garage. The floor is concrete, so I've ordered a couple of 3x3 aluminum posts. The railing has a single attachment point per post, and the ...
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What ikea screwdriver type is this?

I am trying to disassemble by bedframe and the Screwdriver that I have seems too loose. Where can I find a screwdriver to do this?
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Should a washer go on nut side, or the bolt side?

Often I take something apart and when I go to reassemble it, I don't remember which side the washer was on. When there's only one washer, does it generally go on the nut side (pressed up against the ...
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Help with strange type of bolt

I'm hoping someone can help me identify what type of bolt(if it is even a bolt) this is, what it is used for and most importantly how to remove it. This is used to attached a boat engine to a transom,...
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loosening bolt on the steel support strut that's secured to the ceiling of the garage

I was working on my garage door the other day and I noticed that the steel supporting strut (or more appropriate name for this? See the picture) tilted due to a loosening bolt, the ceiling cracked ...
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Would a M6 bolt fit in a 6mm hole?

I'm trying to look for some Allen screws for a friend to help him out, but am unable to figure out the correct size of the screws and nuts he lost (see image, marked in red).. I'm not really familiar ...
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How to tighten a carriage bolt?

I'm trying to assemble a glider patio chair which I ordered. The main pieces (seat, back, sides, etc) are assembled and I'm supposed to just screw the pieces together. How are you supposed to tighten ...
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Rectangular steel tube bolted connection

Is there any way to make bolted connections (T-shape, L-Shape etc) for rectangular or square steel tubes to avoid welding but also achieve modularity of the structure? Threaded tube inserts can help ...
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If metal expands when heated, how does heating a bolt loosen it?

If you're having trouble removing a stuck bolt, common advice is to heat the bolt up. But if metal expands when heated, wouldn't heating up the bolt just make it harder to remove? How does heating ...
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Correct orientation for t-shaped shelf bracket to minimize stress on anchor bolts

I have a t-shaped shelf bracket that looks like this: | <- screw hole here | <shelf> |----------- <wall>| | | | <- screw hole here This is a ...
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What kind of blow torch to use for a stuck bolt

I'm trying to remove a tire from a lawn tractor and the bolt is stuck. I've tried all kinds of penetrating oils and an impact driver with no luck. A lot of websites recommend heating the bolt. What ...
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Alternative to using a bearing on threaded rod? [closed]

I have a project where I use a threaded rod to allow a piece to move up and down the rod when rotated (much like a deodorant stick) now I need to fix the threaded rod to it's container in such a way ...
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Where to find this kind of bolt?

We have a system of shelves that we brought with us when we moved to a new apartment now. However, some of the bolts broke and now we're having a hard time buying new ones. These are not from Ikea. ...
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What is this kind of security bolt head called, and how can I remove it?

A previous owner fitted the light fitting pictured above, and has not left me a tool to remove the bolt. The bulb has blown so I need to get in to the unit. The head diameter is about 12mm and the gap ...
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Building a No-Weld Trailer Chassis

I need a chassis for a box trailer. For now I'm focusing on the chassis itself, as once that's built I can use it to haul the rest of the things needed for the box. I'm no steel-worker though, and ...
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What's the spanner called for these “four side notch” collars/bolts?

Notice this thing, for a 30mm ... What is the tool to tighten that properly? It would seem to be best if it was a long tube-like thing you slid down from the top and tightened, but, maybe there's a ...
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Where do you put multiple washers when you have a bolt and a threaded hole?

I bought a bed second hand, and it came without instructions, the bed posts have threaded holes, for bolt to go into, and the bolts have a locking washer, and a bigger bigger, flat one. I wish to know ...
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Folding garden chair assembly…putting a stud in the wood

I bough an wooden garden chair table set from a company called vidaXL. There is one step where a half threaded metal stud needs to be screwed in the wood. The other half of the stud is smooth and ...
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What are the iron bars and threaded rods sticking up out of my backyard?

What are these bolts and metal rods sticking out the ground?
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How can I tighten nut under kitchen sink

My kitchen tap has come loose from the sink and I'm having trouble tightening it back up. This is what it looks like. I need to tighten the nut, but the problem I'm having is there is not enough ...
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How to remove rusted tank bolts

We have a really old toilet in one of our bathrooms which has started to leak around the tank bolts. I was going to replace the bolts and washers but the nuts are completely seized and rusted to the ...
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Trying to replace the adjuster screw on a screen door — low-profile threaded screw insert and bolt (identification needed)

On my sliding patio screen door there is an height adjuster held in place by flat-profile screw inserts. I'd like to obtain more of these threaded bolts and inserts, but I have a nomenclature issue ...
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How to identify a nut

I have to replace a nut on an old sliding door that dates back at least 50 years. The nut fits a 7/16 spanner, but that's all I know about it. Unfortunately I can't take the nut off and take it to my ...
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How to fasten rotating pieces without self-tightening (or loosening)? [closed]

I'm trying to make a "slider crank" mechanism for cheap out of 1/4" x 1.5" aluminum, where all the movement is in the xy-plane (parallel to the ground). Total linear movement is ~6 inches. Not my ...
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How do you pry apart pieces stuck together by cam screws?

I have already removed the cam lock (the round piece that locks it in place). What I am left with is two pieces of wood that are attached by the cam screw. Simple hand pulling has not pulled them ...
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A very hard to find piece of hardware [closed]

Our new-to-us house has cable-guided retractable solar screens. The cable tension is maintained by a bracket mounted piece of hardware that looks kinda like this: Not even the hard to find hardware ...
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How strong is a lag bolt through the narrow face of a 2x4 stud (meaning it only has 1.5" to grab)?

I'm trying to mount a TV, but the only studs are on the outside walls of this niche in my fireplace. Meaning I could build a little wooden box and lag into the narrow face of the studs (the 1.5" ...
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What is this metal bookcase component called?

I have partially assembled a tree bookcase and have discovered that I have been supplied with an incorrect part. I was supplied with the part shown in the attached picture. The pictured part is 76mm ...
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How do I tighten/loosen this recessed nut and bolt?

My bed has a nut and bolt that are recessed into a piece of wood. The only tool I have that fits it is the tiny toy spanner that came with the bed. The spanner does not grip the nut tightly enough ...
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How can I cut off the rusted closet bolts holding my toilet?

I need to change the wax ring on my toilet. The closet bolts that hold it in place are rusted so I need to cut them in order to remove the nuts. I thought of trying bolt cutters. The bolt cutters I ...
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How to attach an appliance bracket to a stainless steel table?

I need to attach this base plate to a stainless steel table in a commercial kitchen. It'd be attached to the top surface off to the side. It's for a commercial size can-opener. How do I go about ...
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How do I remove plastic shelving molly clips?

I have some closet shelving clips I need to remove to paint a wall. The problem is that they are molly bolts. These are the exact clips/mollys. The question is similar to this one, but in my case, I ...
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screws, bolts or nails for ground level deck framing

Following up framing for ground level deck I'm putting 2x8 for framing of the ground-level deck, it is a floating deck, i.e. not attached to the house. So, 2x8 joists will be sitting around perimeter ...
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Double expansion concrete anchor

I have a few 3/8" double expansion concrete anchors and noticed that on one side it is threaded and on the other it is not. Which side goes into the hole?
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What's the name of this metallic eye?

This piece of hardware looks similar with an eye bolt but there is no bolt there though. What's the name of this piece?