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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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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 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?
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What lag bolts to use when mounting 65" TV to drywall using plywood?

I've seen this question asked before, but didn't see what hardware to use in putting up the plywood. I'm looking to mount my 65" TV above the fireplace using an articulating mount that mounts across ...
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How much cheaper is it to buy nuts and bolts by the pound? [closed]

I have heard that buying nuts/bolts/lag screws by the pound is cheaper than buying them individually. In my town, Tractor Supply sells them by the pound, whereas Lowes sells them individually. Is ...
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What type of bolt should I use to maintain a movable joint?

I'm making a collapsible frame for a moses basket. The design is something like a deckchair, where two lengths of timber cross each other and are fastened with a bolt but can still move in relation to ...
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How to remove a bolt with a broken-off head

I'm looking for advice on non-destructively removing a bolt with a broken-off head. While loosening a bolt on some exercise equipment, I broke off the head completely, leaving the shank recessed ...
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How do I cleanly cut threaded stainless .24" rods?

I have tried hack saw, manual bolt cutters, plasma cutter - all of which mess up the thread and make it tough to get the nut on. What's the best tool for this? Ideally something under $50 or ...
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How can I put a knob on a threaded rod?

I need to create a "thumb screw" or "hand wheel" out of a 1/2-20 UNF threaded rod to serve as fine linear adjustment screw for a heavy load. (I can't find ready-made knobs with this thread, nor thumb ...
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How can I attach the frame of a bed to legs using carriage bolts? [closed]

I have a bed that I have been building - it has 4x4's for the legs, and I want to attach the frame of the bed (the part of the bed that runs from front legs to back legs, structural support) to the ...
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How should I mount this ceiling light fixture?

I have a fairly heavy (a few kg) hanging lamp which came with this ceiling mount (and no instructions): So, to mount it, I can remove the bracket from the cover, screw it to the ceiling, put the ...
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How can I get my lawnmower bolt off?

I have a Ryobi electric lawnmower, and I want to get the blade sharpened for the first time. I have a 15mm ratchet wrench, just like the instructions say, and I'm immobilizing the blade with a brick. ...
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Can you convert a metric hole into sae tap?

I tapped an m11 x 1.5 hole in my car frame to mount the hitch... now can {can't} find a matching bolt and i cant go much bigger Ive read that 7/16 is pretty close just wondering possibilities Can you ...
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Countering/Filling countersink in a metal component

I have a metal component on a project. The holes are countersunk for use with M3x16 flathead phillip screws. The problem is, due to torque requirements, these screws are consistently stripping out and ...
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Shorten bolt with a sleeve of some sort?

I have a reverse osmosis kit, and the faucet has a really long bolt which you use to attach it to your countertop. I can't get a tool up there to tighten it because the sink basin is in the way. I ...
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How do I replace bolts for my toilet that were concreted into the original flange?

This is a pic of one of the bolts. But I don't see a channel for it to turn/slip out of. The toilet I bought needs longer bolts.
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How do I use threaded inserts?

I got these fasteners with table legs that I bought for a formica table top. I get that I need to embed the outer part with the big thread into the table, and then use an Allen key to fasten the bolts ...
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What kind of bolt is this?

I'm trying to dismantle some wall boards, but I don't know how to remove the pictured bolt - close up attached. Its head has the dome shape of a carriage bolt, but there is a hole in the center, with ...
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Improve loose thread fitting [closed]

I have 10 laser pens of the same type(cheap Chinese ones) in aluminum and the threads are a bit loose, is there any way to improve the friction for the threads by applying some friction grease/paste? ...
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Need help removing bolt and nuts from a mailbox

I'm not really handy, and so this is the first time doing something like this. I have a 15+ year old mailbox which is fastened to a metal post by four quite rusted bolts and nuts on the side. The ...
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Fix drywall that lost strength due to hanging curtain rod

Here is the issue. I can use the toggle bolts, but it looks like drywall has lost strength. It can be seen in the pictures that drywall around the place of the bracket holes is swelled and about to ...
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Fixing a bent bolt?

I'm subletting an apartment for the fall, and the only table is broken: a bolt for attaching one of the legs to the tabletop is bent. See the attached photo. How should I repair it?
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Bolt hole reinforcement? For barrel bolts

I would like to drill a hole in the wall for a barrel bolt, similar to the photo below: http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/shutters/ply4.jpg However, instead of having a bare hole in the wall, is there a ...
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Seized in and sheered off with limited options

Group, To put my situation into perspective: I'm working on an electric motor. This motor contains a few semisensitive (temperature wise) sensors near the power box. I have an approximately 4-5 ...
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What is this nut clamp called and how do you remove it?

I would like to remove the wheel that is being held in by this contraption: I tried to use a standard socket wrench, but couldn't get just the right size: 1/2" or 13mm seems too small; 5/8" or 14mm ...
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Is there an approximate substitute for a Torx T40 bit?

I needed a Torx T40 bit for a job, but that bit was missing from my toolbox. I didn't want to strip the bolts (they were fastened tightly over a decade ago), so I had to wait until I could get the ...
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Which nut/washer combination to join timber to timber (joist to rafter)

I am fitting some new joists in my roof and will be bolting the new joists to the existing rafters. Both joists and rafters are 47mm thick. After some advice from a friend (which may of course be ...
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Is it better to use two nuts, rather than a single long nut on the bolt?

Working on the roof, several J-bolts appeared to have been fastened with more than a single nut. Without exception each such bolt was almost flush to the cement sheet. I saw this done on a car wheel ...
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What is the use the plugs over this deadbolt's bolt holes?

When re-keying our house, I came upon these unexpected bolt hole plugs in the deadbolt assembly. Is there a graceful way to remove them? I'd prefer not to take a small prying tool and force them out, ...
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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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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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How can I treat or replace steel bolts in aluminum nuts to avoid corrosion?

I have a structure originally built from aluminum extrusion with channels using aluminum T-nuts and steel bolts. Over the years, the steel bolts have rusted, making them prone to stripping at the head ...
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Hanging a heavy object with the help of a plywood beam (due to a mismatch with studs)

Two studs in my wall are 24" apart, but the mirror I'd like to hang has hooks that are 32" apart. I'm reluctant to use a hanging wire and shift the mirror a little to the left or to the right, simply ...
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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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Are there transit bolts on this dryer?

We just moved into our new place and our new dryer is making strange rattling noises that sounds as if a small screw or other metal part is stuck somewhere in the machine. We checked all the ...
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How to adapt caster wheel to tubular table leg?

My kids destroyed one of their tennis table caster wheels. Parts of the wheel mount are stuck inside the leg. Is there a way to adapt another wheel? For instance, mounting the wheel externally? I don'...
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What exactly is pitch in terms of nuts and bolts?

Today I needed a nut and washer to hold my bike tire. I had one nut already which I was able to lock on there with a 15mm socket & ratchet. So I figured this meant that the nut must be a 15mm and ...
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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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Uncommon bolt head

Can anybody please tell me what type of bolt is this? I can not find any tool to remove it. Thanks!
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Over-tightened nut, bolt broken?

I was putting together my home treadmill and most of the bolts screwed into the frame and tightened nicely, but a couple of them will tighten somewhat and then suddenly become loose again when you try ...
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Please advise how to lubricate stiff latch bolt of mortise lockset on metal exterior security door. (NOT the pins in the keyway!)

The latch bolt of the mortise lockset in a metal security door is stiff. I worry about the long-term effect of slamming the door in order to drive the stiff latch bolt back and allow the door to ...
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What should I do if one of the screws for a TV mount breaks?

My wife & I spent a fair amount of time setting up a VideoSecu heavy articulating wall mount in a position & height that we liked. Problem is, the top-left lag screw (5/16" thick, 3" long) ...
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How do I attach a ledger board if I have no interior access?

I would like to build a small, 24" high deck, for a new entry door to the house. I have the deck plans all laid out, and am in need of a 2x10 ledger board under the door to attach the deck to. Most ...
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What kind of wall bolt/anchor is removeable?

What kind of wall bolt/anchor will allow me to remove and replace it as many times as necessary? I am looking to attach a couple of 2x4's flat against a brick wall, however they would only stay there ...