Questions tagged [hole]

Questions about repairing or filling holes, or about what types of holes are necessary or permissible (such as in joists). For questions about *making* holes, consider the 'drill' tag.

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how do I smooth out the bottom of a hole in granite

I am using a diamond core bit to drill tea light holes in granite rock. I am not drilling through the granite, but am making stopped cuts. I have used a 30mm diamond core bit to make the initial cut. ...
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Cheapest way to screw in drywall close to a big hole without patching the hole

I am replacing our thermostat. The new one has only two holes for mounting to the wall. There is a big round hole in the wall already. I can't position the new thermostat in a way that I can put a new ...
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Is it OK to drill one or two 2 inch holes into a load bearing header in my basement?

tl;dr: Is it OK to drill one or two 2 inch holes into a load bearing header in my basement made of doubled-up 2x10s on top of 2x6s? This area is in the center of my two-story house, and bridges over ...
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Repair Hole in Cinder Block Foundation

I had a geothermal furnace put in recently, and with that, the old heat pump was removed. The electric from the heat pump was run through a hole through the foundation to the panel. The hole is about ...
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Repair a Hole/Crack in Hollow Core Door

Someone punched a hole/crack in my hollow core door. I was wondering what my best course of action would be? Would it be relatively cheap/not too difficult for me to try and fix it myself? I looked at ...
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What to do if the wall has too many repairs?

Joint compound fixes the look of the wall, but it is not hard enough to hold another hole, correct? Underneath the compound the support is gone (concrete, wood, etc.) If a wall already had too many ...
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How to fill between back of countertop and the wall

This is a section of countertop around the sink in the bathroom of my house. Whoever installed it left a pretty large gap between the back of the counter and the wall. Its filled with silicone. The ...
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What to use to fill a small HOLE in my concrete patio

I have a 4" x 4" x 6" deep hole where a post had been on my cement patio. The post rotted out and now I want to fill the hole and then place a post holder in that same spot. What do ...
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How do I get this shower head holder off the wall?

Please see images below. The whole unit is loose and needs tightening but I have no idea on how I remove it ? Can anyone help? I’ve inserted a screw driver into the small hole and was advised that ...
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Do I really need 140 lbs of cement for a 5“, 5' high vinyl fence post (31” in the ground)?

140 lbs Seems like a lot of cement, I was hoping to get by with just one 80# bag. I guess the hole would be 12" per auger rental advice. I Live in Montana, not a lot of moisture but ground freeze ...
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Filling in holes in a wooden porch frame made by bees

I have a question on filling in holes on the post of my sunroom. left image: sunroom and a hole on the red box. right image: a hole (on the red box). The hole is about a half depth of the post. Would ...
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What type of drill should I get? [closed]

I am moving into my house in a few weeks, and I want to get a general purpose drill for use around the house. I learned that there are different types of drills: power drill, hammer drill, and impact ...
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Align two holes on the ceiling

I need to put two holes in the ceiling in order to put a LED bar I would like to align the holes as much as I can so the bar is as much as possible parallel to the vertical walls. How can I do it?
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How do I fill in these holes from curtain rail?

Bought some curtains that were too heavy and the holder came out of the wall. What should I use and how, so that it can be repaired and replaced?
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Can you use cement to fill a boiler flue hole?

I am having the same problem as this question: How do I fill a hole surrounding a boiler flue? I notice the answer doesn't mention cement but other products which may have been due to fire safety ...
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what kind of drill bits are these? Trying to drill through flat side of a fence T-Post

I'm trying to drill through 1/4" hard steel. the thicker bit went through relatively easily one time, but on the second go just spins. the thinner bit did not go far .. i think both need to be ...
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Pipe under bathroom sink has small hole

One of the pipe under my bathroom sink has small hole and it sprays water as soon as i start/open faucet. Red circle in above photo shows where the hole is. Which pipe is that? Where can i find that ...
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How can I run cable through perpendicular studs?

I have an electrical outlet powered by a cable that does through a stud. This is currently the first outlet in the series I'm adding another outlet on a nearby wall that is perpendicular to the first ...
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How do I fill in this hole in my ceiling around pull light?

I recently had my bathroom done and a new light fitting was added. I have a hole left around it where the new light fitting is smaller than the previous one. How do I fill this in please?
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Big hole in front of mailbox from mail truck how can I fill it?

So we bought our home last July, we never noticed that right in front of the mailbox which is an area with a big patch of dirt and grass is where the mail truck swoops in and delivers the mail, we ...
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How can I seal the openings for the armrest of this chair nicely?

I have recently acquired a Steelcase Leap chair (https://www.steelcase.com/products/office-chairs/leap/) but I do not have the arm rests. I don't want them in the first place because they would get in ...
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How to repair wall next to external door?

I did some repairs a while back, replacing a damaged door jamb. That repair left some damage to the neighboring wall, as shown in the photos below. I am getting a new pre-hung door soon, and want to ...
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Screw and washer should go through flat area or curved?

I have a screw with a washer. Which one of the two sides should it go through (ie which side the washer should be "in contact with"), the flat or the curved one? The structure is symmetrical so it can ...
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How to fix chimney hole in roof?

I've starting insulating the roof and that got me looking at the "old" hole where a (useless) chimney used to be. That chimney got removed for a solar panel setup. As I'm insulating, this needs to be ...
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Install a hardened glass in front of chimney

There is a chimney like this: I have ordered a hardened glass with four holes to be installed in front of chimney with dimensions like this: There is a 2 cm empty space below glass to allow fresh ...
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What bit should I use to drill a two inch hole in a solid concrete wall?

I am planning to install a 1.5-inch conduit through a poured concrete wall. I am planning on drilling a two-inch hole to accommodate the size of the conduit body. I have been searching up and down, ...
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Repairing above-ground gaps and holes in foundation

I am moving into a house (built 1911) that had a few things turn up on the inspection. One corner of the basement has an indoor cistern, and there are some gaps and a hole in the cinder blocks just ...
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Should I be concerned about the size of a hole and notch in my joist?

We've just had the house re-wired (UK), and were wondering whether a hole and notch the electricians have made will significantly weaken the joist? It is the end joist in the room. Joist dimentions ...
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How can I seal 8 inch round holes in my siding?

There is a nor'Easter coming today. What's a quick fix? My first home and just closed a few days ago! Help please. The hole is 8 inches in diameter or so.
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How to find a right screw for a hole

I want to hang some stuff on my wall so here it comes to the part where I need to get screws/anchors. Saying I have a hole in a piece that I would like to attach(a picture attached), how can I ...
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Hanging a shelf using 3 wall-mounting brackets: How to align the drill holes?

Each bracket has 3 holes (two at the top, one at the bottom) and I'd like to align them to give me a proper horizontal (w.r.t. gravity) alignment. What's a reliable way to tell me where to drill? I ...
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How can I put in a screw in a concrete ceiling without power tools?

I want to hang my plant but my ceiling is concrete. I don't have a drill. I have a hammer and screwdriver.
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How to repair a hole in exterior concrete foundation

We have had this hole in our exterior foundation for a few years. The way we discovered it was that water was leaking into our basement finished room, and when I looked outside, I discovered this hole ...
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Using Forstner bits instead of hole saws

I have been having problems using hole saws when removing the plug of material after use. Looking at What is the right way to clear the drilled plug out of a hole saw? it is still awkward and I have ...
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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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safe distance for re-drilling nail holes

I drilled at wrong place inside the window frame when installing blinds, about 1/2 inch off, is it safe to drill a new hole 1/2 inch away from the old one? edit: Please see picture, it's another ...
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I dug holes for my pergola too wide

I accidentally dug holes for my posts way too wide. They're like 22 inches wide and the width of the post is just 3 inches. I didn't know at the time that you only need the width of the hole to be ...
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Is this a drill bit for concrete?

What kind of drill bit is this? Can it be used to drill a hole in concrete? EDIT: after the accepted answer provided me with some details I found out what it is. Details here, on page 5. And the ...
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Diameter of an 11' foot high, 3" (2&7/8) steel post footer hole

I know that the general standard for post footers is to make the diameter of the footer hole 3 times wider than the post itself. However, I want to make sure that even in an 11' foot post (which seems ...
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Mice entering condo through a large hole in drywall behind gas range [closed]

I have an enormous hole in the drywall where the gas pipe comes in to my stove. Should I use steel wool sheets to cover the hole?
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How to fill a hole in plastic window frame?

The window balance broke and caused this: Any idea how to repair it? The window frame is plastic. Thanks.
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How big a hole can I drill in a top plate?

I've got a 2nd story home theater room under construction. The framing has been done, but I'm going to be doing the wiring myself. I want to pass some conduit up into the attic space over the room for ...
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How to choose hole sizes when building a sorting sieve?

I'm planning to build a sorting sieve out of a set of plastic containers with holes drilled in the bottom. The container with the largest holes will be on top and the one with the smallest holes ...
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Fill a hole around a radiator pipe

Any ideas how I could fill a hole around a radiator pipe - picture attached Should I use an expanding foam product or some sort of patch? Thanks, J
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How to temporarily repair a hole in a window pane?

I came home yesterday and found a hole in one of my window glass panels. Looks like a rock hit it from the outside of the house, somehow. I am going to have to replace the glass panel anyway in ...
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Is updating/avoiding this splice worth it, and if so, what's the easiest way to plug the hole?

An outlet was discovered to be midway through a segment of unsafe (too thin gauge for circuit, no ground) wiring. Let's refer to point A as a junction to the rest of the circuit (which is all good to ...
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How to fix a hole above an outlet box?

I've got a hole above an outlet box in a wall. The wall has a 2x4 to the right of the box. I can feel it from the inside. It's just lightweight dry wall. There used to be cable and network lines ...
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Is torque important when drilling hole in ceramic tile?

I want to drill a 2-3cm diameter hole in a ceramic tile. There are diamond-coated hole saw bits, and I read that a cordless drill is recommended if water is used for cooling. I own a 10.8V 30Nm torque ...
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Tips on cutting curves with a jigsaw

I recently needed to cut a hole in a 3/4 inch pine wood board. The hole was supposed to be about 6 inches in diameter. I drilled a hole near the edge and used my corded Makita jigsaw. I had used the ...
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How to make a 8 inch hole through a brick wall for venting

I am planning on Installing a Vent hood the manufacturer recommends 8 inch duct work. I am looking for options to make this hole. 1) Diamond hole saw. I couldn't find a diamond hole saw in 8 inch. ...