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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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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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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...