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Questions tagged [fastener]

Questions about using, selecting or identifying fasteners including nails, screws, and staples.

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How to unfasten electrical subpanel attached with ramset

I'm getting ready to frame out a wall in my basement that has an electrical subpanel. I would like to move the panel out an inch or so, so I can frame around it and it will be flush with the finished ...
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Disassemble IKEA Godmorgon drawer

I put in the front panel of the cabinet upside down. The screws it uses are some kind of cam locks, but the locks are attached to the drawer face and were not put in by me. I've not really seen them ...
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push in / snap in panel spring clip edge fastener? help finding product or name

I've seen them many times before but can't seem to find the an image, name or product. You know the clip on your houses circuit breaker panel door that keeps the door closed. It's a little metal ...
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How do I better secure a loose lag shield in concrete?

I have a concrete hole that was drilled a little bit bigger and the lag shield anchor is a bit loose. How do you tighten it? Insert paper or wood?
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What is this type of fixing? (similar to cam/dowel)

I know this is similar to cam or dowel type fixings, and I have searched extensively for this part, but does anyone know exactly what type this is? Specifically the silver section, as I have enough of ...
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What is this part called?

I'm not sure this is the right place to be asking this but I'll give it a try. I have this bit of hardware from a pair of helping hands that I'd like to find more of. I'd describe it as a rod fastener ...
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Minimum length of concrete fasteners to floor and ceiling to attach a wall?

I want to attach a wall, of 7-9.2cm thickness, on ceiling and floor. Drywall with wood frame done for living apartment in a block of flat: 42mm x 66mm woods form the wood frame where 13mm drywalls ...
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How to patch small anchor holes in plaster wall and potentially reinstall anchors?

We had a hook next to the one that you see in the picture. There was a towel on the hook and someone grabbed the towel and hung all of their weight on it and basically the anchors pulled out of the ...
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Is there a reason not to nail up drywall?

I have a bunch of drywall to put up. I am staring at a loaded 15-gauge framing nail gun, and a drill + a box of drywall screws, and boy oh boy does that nail gun look tempting. When attaching to ...
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What's the term for a hole with a screw thread?

I'm replicating a drawer handle that fits on an M4 screw. If you'd look inside the plastic hole, you can see a gold-colored metal tube that has screw threads. That's what the screw screws into. My ...
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How do I prevent my security cameras from being stolen?

I'm in a high theft area and I plan to set-up three IP cameras: two outdoor and one indoor. Stealing the cameras is lucrative if the thieves know what they are doing since: They total around 10,000 ...
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I have loose screws - how can I tell a drywall screw apart from a wood screw?

Say I have a bunch of screws. Say they are all flat (countersunk) head, phillips drive. They can be different shank/root diameter, with or without a smooth shank, different thread coarseness, color, ...
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Proper reinforcing of electrical box on drywall

There is a 2-gang outlet/electrical box that holds plugs rather well (hair dryer, vacuum, etc). That is usually great, however when pulling the plug from the socket, the whole electrical box gets ...
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What does it mean if there are 2 different figures for a dimension on a blueprint?

I am trying to read a technical 2D CAD drawing of a machine screw. This is the fastener in question. This is a link to a PDF of this fastener's blueprint. Here is an image of the PDF: I added the ...
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Antiseize in plumbing? Alternate screw heads and materials for screws securing washers?

My house was made in 1965. Water is somewhat hard. Sometimes a faucet fixture leaks. When I take it apart the solution is often to replace a washer secured with a #8 pan head screw. Sometimes the ...
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Finding the right size of nut for a bolt

I have a bolt with a thread pitch of .8mm and a diameter of 3.3mm. I am trying to find the correct size of nut for it, however the ISO thread chart says that a .8mm thread is M5, but should have a ...
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Proper fasteners for Post/Beam/Joist intersection

So I am building a deck, and I have a point where a post, the deck beam, and a joist all meet together as shown in the (crude) drawing attached. What would be the appropriate fasteners to use in this ...
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What do you call the fastener that's like a metal zip tie with a screw?

I assure you that this is not the beginning of a fastener-related standup routine. While working out at the gym, I saw a fastener that looks like a metal zip tie, with a screw to tighten it. Two ...
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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 mount metal box to wooden beam?

I'm using a custom Wiremold ceiling fan box to surface mount a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan onto a wooden beam. Problem is -- the Harbor Breeze mounting bracket does not have compatible screw pattern ...
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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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Ideas for securing decorative trim to brick

I have what looks like a 10" x 3/4 board with some crown trim attached to the brick above my garage. It is currently attached with square cut masonry nails, and part of it is loose. I'd like to ...
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how many screws are needed for 300 lbs

I'm considering use of GRK R4 #10 3.125" structural screws in a applications where it appears that the primary load on the screw is shear. The package states 1016 lbs ave ultimate load in wood w/0.67 ...
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Where to get the driver for these unusual Balthaup screws?

These unusual large screws are from a Balthaup (Germany) dining table, (My child's "CSI credit card" there for scale :) ) The table's around 12? yrs old. Any ideas??
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Help identifying a fastener and finding a replacement

I've had a bed frame stored in a closet for years and have lost the fasteners with which to assemble it. It's an Ikea Heimdal frame; this item is discontinued and they no longer carry the fasteners ...
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What's the standard way to mount wooden board to concrete wall?

I would like to put a wooden board on the concrete wall of my basement so that I can easily mount and dismount electronic equipment to the board with drywall screws without creating concrete dust. My ...
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Why did concrete screws feel loose when installed in a brick wall?

I am trying to secure a floating mantle shelf over a brick fireplace wall. I used 2 3/4" 3/16 tapcon screws to secure the strip of wood to a brick wall but the wood strip did not hold securely The ...
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Securing range hood with tile & concrete behind—should I pre-drill wider?

I need to secure a range hood on my new subway tile backsplash. Behind the tile is the thinset, drywall, then concrete block. I don't think my furring strips are ideally located for mounting purposes. ...
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How to screw into “used” holes in wood?

I want to fix my gate latch. The problem is where the latch used to be nailed into gate door, there are now oversized holes in them because the fastening point failed and the nails came out. What's ...
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Miniature tension rod?

I need to hang a (light) decoration temporarily between two irregularly shaped stone outcroppings. I'm looking for something like a tension rod that I could place between the two stones (and would ...
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What are the differences between pneumatic nail types like “smooth” and “ring” for house framing?

I'm getting my material list together to frame a house and am a bit confused by all the similar looking pneumatic nails which all have a slightly different wording/features and different prices, ...
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What are these fasteners on this hinge?

Just moved into a new apartment and one of the doors is mounted with these fasteners I’ve never seen. I’d like to take this door out, but I’m struggling to figure out how to remove these without ...
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How to remove a shelf fastener with a round head and no slot

I have some shelving in my closet and it's screwed into the wall with fasteners that look like this (see image). It's a smooth circle and doesn't have any type of hole of slot on top. Is this a screw? ...
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correct fastener for drywall over plywood

I'm trying to install mirror brackets into my wall for a lightweight frameless wall mirror (58" x 16"). My attempt at using a hollow wall anchor (Hillman 1/8" DXS drive wall anchor) didn't work very ...
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Alternative for one-way sheet metal screw?

I need to choose the right screws to install a child window guard into a wooden window frame. The guard comes with one-way screws, but my 9 month old hasn't figured out the trigger on my Dewalt, so I ...
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How can I fasten 6" XPS tight against concrete slab?

I have an 8" concrete slab with XPS (rigid foam board) insulation - 6" wide, 16" tall - around the perimeter. The operator who back-filled around the site compacted things a little too aggressively ...
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Is galvanized steel totally incompatible with cedar, even when only touching on the surface?

I'm building a cedar picket fence attached to 2 3/8" chain link fence style galvanized steel posts using galvanized post brackets like these. I know that there are a lot of material incompatibility ...
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Does shear strength increase with the number of fasteners?

Let's say I have screws with 1,000 lbs shear strength. If I add more screws, does the total shear strength of the joint increase? If I use 3 screws, then put a 2,000 lbs shear load on the joint, ...
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Do I need hidden decking fasteners on both sides of a joist?

I am thinking about using the below fasteners with wood planks. Do I need them on both sides of the joist? Update: Deck framing layout below (height is 46") House located at the south east corner of ...
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What is the name for the kind of eye-bolt used to secure bicycle fender stays

I need a part that looks like this: it consists of an "eye"-bolt with a nut and washer which allows this part to be attached to a rod/tube of the right diameter. These "bolts" are commonly used for ...
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How to remove broken shutter fasteners from brick?

I need to replace vinyl shutters on my brick-front home. I will replace the existing ones with identical sized new ones that will use the same drilled holes. The problem I had before was that when I ...
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Can I use construction screws to pull together bowed joists?

I am building a small (14'x12') detached deck to be placed directly on the ground with some gravel under it. I am using 4x6 pressure treated boards (UC4B) for outside frame. I intend to use 6" ...
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What is the Philips screw naming convention (Mn)? What is 2 in M2?

I want to order screws like the one I have. The diameter of the threaded portion is 2mm. The length of the threaded portion is 8mm. The screws are listed as Mn (where n is 1.6,2,2.5...) on various ...
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What's the best fastener for a carpet that won't cause unraveling?

Last time I tried this, the drywall screws I was using snagged and started unraveling the carpet. Is there a particular kind of screw that won't snag carpets? It's a loop/pile carpet so snagging is ...
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what kind of sheet-metal screw do I need for wood to 1/8" steel?

I am trying to attach pieces of 2-by wood to the frame tubes of a conex shipping container. The steel is about 1/8" thick. I probably need screws at least 1/4" diameter to get the strength I need (...
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Looking for ideas on how to attach piece of wood to eye bolt

Sorry if some terms are sounding weird, I have no idea how those things are called in English :/ Intention: I have a piece of wood (a thick stick for instance) and some eye bold sticking out of a ...
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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 can I temporarily secure a wooden countertop to its base with limited cabinet access?

The title is a bit of a doozy, sorry. I'm repurposing an old counter I bought off Kijiji to turn it into a kitchen island / kegerator. The old cuonter top was some terrible, cheap, laminate-esque ...
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How can I mount cabinetry to metal furring strips with shallow depth?

I'm trying to mount IKEA Besta cabinets and a 55" tv to my condo wall. The drywall is 1/2" and is attached to a concrete wall with 1" depth metal drywall furring strips spaced 24" apart. I was ...
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How do I open this ceiling hatch? (also what is it?)

I'm trying to open this hatch in my new place and can't figure out how. Hatch Fastener The fastener won't twist by hand, has a small hole that goes all the way through. I put a small ...