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Hillman “Deck Plus” lag screws

I'm re-planking my deck and shoring up some of the substructure while I'm in there. The beams are side-mounted to the posts like this (from dca 6): This is obviously non-ideal, but is impractical to ...
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Wood glue to reinforce screw holes in an oak frame?

This is for load-bearing bronze screws in an oak frame, carrying a heavy oak door. Four of the screws were removed momentarily for maintenance work. Two of the screw holes may have been stripped ...
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Need help identifying how to open this bolt/screw

First, apologies if I'm asking this the wrong way. Am attempting to open an old device cover (an adapter) and it has these screws (pls see attached image, sorry for the bad quality, I couldn't get ...
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Can stainless steel or galvinized screws be used indoors on non-pressure treated wood?

I assume yes and there is no harm or downside, besides these screws being more expensive than non-coated screws.
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Can I use concrete screws to mount storage racks through drywall into wall studs?

I mistakenly brought concrete screws to hang my storage racks in the garage. Well, turns out my walls are drywall on wood, and not concrete. I don't supposed the concrete screws will work in drywall ...
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Fixing a couple of screw holes on a dryer

Note: I apologize beforehand if my question lacks any necessary information. Repairing my own stuff is a new experience for me. I am happy to provide any additional information on request. If this ...
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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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Are phosphate floor screws suitable for subfloor which will be covered in thinset and cement board?

I am installing hardiebacker concrete board with thinset to a plywood subfloor. I am putting down the new subfloor and want to be sure the screws that I use to secure the plywood to the joists will ...
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7 inches long 4-40 screw

I have been looking all over to find 7 inch long 4- 40 screws. I found McMaster carries threaded 4-40 rods that are 8 inches long but these are not screws. I know they do exist as I found one just ...
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size of screw, wall plug and drill bit for shelf upright with 7mm hole

I have a shelf upright that has 7mm sunken holes, like this one here: https://www.twinslotshelving.co.uk/shelving-uprights/1m-white-upright I'm just unsure about the size of the things I need for ...
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What kind of screw is this?

While finishing the assembly of a basketball hoop from a kit, I ran into a case where the provided screws are too large in diameter to fit into the mating holes, let alone screw in all the way. I ...
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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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Can screwing too far (about 1.5 inches) into a stud can weaken it?

I put up some IKEA cabinets (using their suspension rail). I used a 5mm (#10) x 50mm (2 inch). Minus the drywall and rail it probably went in about 35-40mm (1.5 inch) into the stud. After all was ...
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Is it normal for wood to sometimes squeal when screwing into it?

I recently put up some kitchen wall cabinets. When screwing in the cabinets one of the studs was more difficult to screw into. I pre-drilled pilot holes for the studs and everything went OK besides ...
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Stripped screw in door knob

I have a stripped screw in my door handle. I tried drilling it to hopefully get a better grip but ended up messing it up further. I believe that i have drilled deep enough to the point where the shank ...
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yellow zinc plated screw to subfloor and stud

Home is built in California late 1990s. I recently removed some nails and screwed subfloor on 2nd floor to joint/stud below using yellow zinc plated screws from HomeDepot. Now I realized it has notes ...
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What kind of screw is it this with two different intertwining threads?

I have a screw that is 1 1/2" long, and it has two different threads around it. It's a button head, made for a Phillips-head screwdriver. What do you call this kind of screw and its threading so I ...
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Mounting an electrical box to screws drilled into the ceiling

A plastic box junction box shall be mounted to a drywall industrial ceiling with two screws. The box will be filled with many low voltage wires before it is brought to the worksite (making it very ...
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Used the wrong screws for sheetrock and screw marks are too visible. Any suggestions?

I used wrong screws for the drywall. I didn't realize that the screws are wrong until the job was done and I started to put mud on the walls. After putting the first layer and doing some sanding, I ...
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Removable Bracket for Wood

I am hoping to bracket two pieces of wood together at in a removable fashion (parts of a table that can be disassembled). Through research I found hanger bolts which look close to what I would want, ...
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What is this machine screw? 3.7mm OD, ~32 TPI

I have a machine screw from the hardware on an old desk that needs to be replaced (the knob it goes with is slightly stripped so it needs a longer screw to catch when mounted), but it's a really weird ...
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How can I hang artwork on a rented home's walls?

Hi, I am new to this part of America. I need to hang few pictures and few other very heavy paintings. I am in rented single family home. How should I go about doing this?
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Rusted tapcons on an aluminum screen patio cage

What replacement screw is best to replace rusted tapcons on an aluminum screen patio cage?
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How do I get a cam lock out of a really deep hole?

I bought a 54" desk from a local Walmart, more specifically a BH&G cube organizer desk. While I was putting it together and following the instructions, I realized that the cam locks weren't ...
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Remove broken setscrew in an already damaged hole?

Trying to remove a broken setscrew on part of my stove. Top photo is the current state, the second photo is another part showing an intact screw for comparison. I already tried to drill out the screw ...
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Plywood subfloor won't screw down in a trailer home

I'm remodeling my mom's bathroom and I'm putting 1/4 inch plywood down on top of the floor to get a smooth surface. The existing floor is strong but there was some deflection in it and it's not as ...
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Nylon switch cover plate screws

Every time someone touches any of my light switches they get a static shock. I know the root cause is the humidity is too low, but until I fix that, I heard that nylon cover plate screws (vs the usual ...
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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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Is there a torque table for hex cap screws?

I find that especially with smaller hex cap screws the hex drive is worn out or deformed long before I reach the maximum torque that the screw could theoretically handle. For example: I've used M5 ISO ...
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Do screwdrivers come in standard sizes?

I'm looking at getting a set of small Phillips head screw drivers for disassembling electronics, and I was wondering how the size of screwdrivers are measured? I know screws come in standard sizes (M1,...
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What imperial machine screw has a diameter of 4.5mm and a thread pitch of ~1mm?

I lost one of the screws of my grandpa's rocking chair. I live in Germany and cannot figure out which kind of nefarious imperial screw this is. According to my measurements, the diameter is exactly 4....
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Lag bolts vs wood screws for reinforcing garage door header

I am about to install the garage door header bracket and I have almost everything figured out. There is a ~1 inch gap between the ceiling and joist I'm screwing into but I need every millimeter I can ...
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Screw Sizes for Electrical Connection box lids

Am having to install covers to several different types of electrical connections boxes in my house. Some are round, blue ones and some are a grayish tan with corners rounded. None of them have cover ...
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Door Jamb Rotted Where Latch Goes

I just installed a lock in my door and when attempting to install the latch I found that the wood was splintering and not stable, so I cut it out. My problem is similar to this one. What can be ...
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Solving subfloor squeaks

I am planning to remove carpet in a living room and dining room area of my house and replace it with floating laminate flooring. There are some spots in my current floor that squeak so I was planning ...
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Screws breaking through drywall paper

One of the several scenarios in which a screw doesn't form a nice and tight seal on drywall paper just below the surface is if a joist/stud is not in the same level as the adjacent two and there is a ...
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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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I’m trying to replace my doorknobs

Help! I am trying to replace my lock with a new lock that I bought at bunnings and I’m here with my screwdriver but look at this what kind of screwdriver do I need for this! What is this. I’m very ...
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Installing pull-up bars. Will this design hold?

I am installing a series of pull-up bars all the way down my hallway, kind of like really spaced out monkey bars, and would like some advice on my proposed design, b/c I have zero experience with ...
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Broken screw head door hinge

My door is missing the strike plate and its keep opening up when there is a slight draft. So if I align the door it goes into the strike plate without any issues. I believe its a loose screw. So, I ...
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What type of unbrako screw is this?

I need some spare screws like the one in the picture, but I have no idea what it’s called. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Dealing with squeaking screws in chipboard flooring?

I've had a problem with squeaking floor since moving in, and after pulling up the carpet and taking a look I've discovered it's down to the screws which have been put into the chip board flooring ...
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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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How many sizes larger do I need to go to fix a cross threaded screw?

Generally, how much bigger should a new screw be so that it doesn't interfere with the crossed threads that have already been made but sits as if it had been tapped freshly? People generally seem to ...
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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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How to fit a screw into a drilled big hole on wall?

I am fitting a window blind on a wall. The wall is made of plaster board as far as I have known. I have drilled a hole on wall bigger than the screw size. The drilled hole on the wall has a diameter ...
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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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What is this small triangle on this screw head?

This doesn't really relate to a problem I have (the screws work just fine), it's more of a curiosity question. Some of the screws I've used recently have a small triangle on their head, as if for ...
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Deck screw vs construction screw strength

I had sort of a follow up question that wasn't addressed here: Difference wood and deck screws Generally, does an exterior grade deck screw have the same strength as a construction screw?
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How far can you safely drill into 100mm thick brick for expansion plugs

I'm mounting a rafter support for a lean-to at the side of my house (45mm x 120mm wood beam). I know that the bricks are 100mm thick, so I'm wondering what length of expansion plugs (rawl plugs) I can ...