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How to determine what length and diameter GRK RSS screw to use?

I am planning out building an 8'x14' pergola. I am going to use pressure treated 6x6's for the posts and pressure treated 2x8's for the beams (14ft long). I've just learned about GRK RSS screws and ...
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Plastic washer placement for prefab corrugated roof

I'm putting together a prefab garden shed consisting entirely of sheet metal bracing and corrugated metal roofing. The instructions are extremely sparse. All of the bracing was connected by metal ...
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I want to add a shelf bracket to a sagging wooden shelf. What types of screws and wall anchors should I use?

Image: https://ibb.co/n0Bgz6D I've been told to use wood screws but I'm confused if the wood screws go into the wall or should those be drywall screws. Also what anchor and what size of stew should I ...
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Knobs but the fasteners are not with them. What are fasteners? Came w/tiny screws [duplicate]

I know these baby screws cannot go through a dresser. What are they even for? And what is a fasteber? New to this.thr[![screwtop
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I have knobs for a dresser drawer, but the fasteners are not with them. What are fasteners? Came w/tiny screws

The baby screws in pic were screwed in but the depth is tiny... I looked up fasteners but they didn't look right. I will take a pic of drawers as well. Don't know what fasteners are really so I don't ...
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Where can I find a specific screw (pan head #10 wood screw) for a wall-mounted speaker

I have these wall speakers which weigh 13 lbs each. There is a keyhole mount in back for hanging them on the wall. The manual calls for a 2.5"-3" #10 pan head wood screw for mounting to the ...
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Finding right screws for electrical box

I'm trying to install a new ceiling light replacing an old fan. The light fixture is around 8 lbs in weight. The issue I'm running into is that I cannot find the right screws to use with this ...
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Attach black iron natural gas pipe to stucco

I am planning to run 1-1/4" black iron natural gas pipe around the outside of my house to supply an exterior tankless heater. The pipe needs to be attached to the wall and I'm planning to use two-...
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How to connect a seat to a chair's frame from below?

The chair has a relatively thin hard layer of wood (less than half an inch thick), over which there is the soft layer (cushion with a cover etc.). It used to have diagonally attached screws. Here's a ...
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How can I remove the covers of my shower’s handle to tighten the screws?

The handle of the door of my shower is a bit loose. I think it is possible to tighten the screws, but they seem hidden by a cover, which I have not been able to remove using my fingers alone. Is ...
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How to fix stripped screw holes for dishwasher rack rails?

Four years ago, I installed a new GE plastic interior dishwasher, model GDF630PGMWW, in my kitchen. For the last year or two, the screws that attach the upper rack rails to the wall have occasionally ...
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Will the coating on deck screws interact poorly with untreated lumber?

I installed a washer box onto a stud using deck screws. Following this, during a conversation at Lowe's with one of their employees, I was informed that the coating on deck screws is specifically ...
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How can I remove a completely stuck screw in a wall?

I'm removing some old speaker mounts from a wall (I believe the wall is plaster, but I'm not 100% sure. It's definitely not a drywall). Two of the screws are stuck, and I'm at wits end trying to get ...
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How can i unscrew the cap on this light fixture? [duplicate]

The bulbs in this light fixture I have on the ceiling on my second floor burned out. I want to take of the glass over the bulbs and replace them, but I'm having trouble unscrewing the nut that holds ...
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Removing Ring Towel holder

How can I remove this ring towel holder? The Screw inside looks warped and stripped, there is absolutely nothing to grab onto. Help is appreciated, thank you!
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Im trying to remove a screw holding a part from a fanimation fan and it remains stuck no matter what. Any suggestions?

I'm trying to replace some parts of a fanimation fan and inside of it there's a piece with wires inside that can't be removed unless I remove the glass cover. There are 3 screws in which I removed two ...
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Long #8-32 screws needed [closed]

I have an old dresser that has very thick, carved, drawer fronts. One of the long screws that hold the lovely drawer pulls has broken off, and I need a new one that is a #8-32 x 3.25 to 3.5” long. ...
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How to extract tiny broken screws

I apparently have a very hard wooden door because I broke two tiny screws in a row trying to install a hook (Yes I made a pilot hole). Any advice on how to get these out? The pliers I own won’t grip ...
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Why do so many of my screws break?

I wouldn’t be surprised if I had got my wood screw pack from AliExpress but it’s from Home Depot and I believe Everbilt is at least not a random brand. Yet many of the screws just break if I screw ...
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How can I match screws with both fractional and metric descriptions?

A Pottery Barn bed (gifted me is) missing the hardware needed to assemble it (got lost by movers). The screws listed in the assembly instruction packet seem to be hybrid metric/imperial screws. ...
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How can I fix range hood mounting holes in an MDF cabinet?

Had an installer come out a few weeks ago to do a range hood. He messed up some of the mounts for underneath the cabinet and many of the holes are stripped now. I need to take it down to adjust it but ...
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How much weight can a large screw safely hold in a ceiling plasterboard?

I have a plasterboard ceiling. I want to hang a speaker mount from the ceiling. I have these screw plug things I have already used these to hang other stuff from the same ceiling and they're ...
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How to remove broken screws with no heads from a door jamb [duplicate]

I broke the screws off accidentally on both. I’ve tried to use a drill’s chuck to remove them, I tried pliers, and even one of those universal sockets. Any other ideas on how to remove them? The top ...
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re-use self-drilling-screw hole

I’m getting the impression that self-drilling screws should not be reinserted into original hole. This is sheet metal thread into composite and metal backing. The application is interior and exterior ...
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How to remove stripped screw from a tight& far spot?

I tried using a screwdriver and it didn’t work. The Ryobi drill that I used does not have a Philips screw head can reach to the stripped screw. So I am stuck on how to get it removed since it is in a ...
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How do I get this weird screw back into this cone? [closed]

I just bought a new armchair, and after screwing its legs in, I hit one of its feet ever so slightly against the floor and poof! Its foot flew right off. It doesn't look broken, just displaced. I just ...
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How can I turn these table leg attachment screws?

I bought a used table and the screws holding it together are of a kind that I've never seen before. Unfortunately, some of them are loose and I need to tighten them. They are impossible to turn with ...
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How do I determine what screws to use for a window emergency escape?

I live in an old rented apartment on the 4th floor without a fire escape. (It's legal, unfortunately, all checked out). I would like to have an emergency window exit but I measured my windows and they ...
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How to mount a key holder with a sawtooth hanger on the back?

I have this small wooden decorative key hanger with two hooks on the front (back side pictured below): It has a sawtooth hanger on the back. I have been mounting it with a couple of nails (e.g. as ...
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What screw should be used to secure plywood blocking into metal studs?

I’m opening a wall to add some 3/4 plywood blocking. Something similar to this picture. What screw should I use considering I’m going from metal to wood? Something that is rust resistant and strong ...
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Stuck allen bolt - out of ideas [closed]

I could use some help on how to move forward to remove couple of bolts. I am currently out of ideas. To give some context, I noticed that my scooter windshield was not exactly leveled and I thought to ...
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What are the best Screws for Brick for guttering (UK Building)

My guttering I inherited when I moved it, finally has been blown off by Storm Henk. What screws/anchors/plugs would be best for re-attaching it on an outside brick wall shown (Brick under the plastic ...
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I'm trying to place a bed frame above a UK stair box (do not want the weight on top of the box)

So I have this insanely large stair box in my room (very small room) and I want to place a bedframe above it so that it saves space within the room. I have no idea how to draw and upload a succinct ...
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How should I deal with shelf anchors which are deeper than the framing slats?

In my lounge I have purchased a solid oak shelf to go above my wood burning stove. The shelf has come with this type of fitting. The issue I have is that I don't know how to fasten these due to the ...
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Pocket hole disaster! What am I doing wrong?

I have two pieces of maple veneer plywood (3/4" thick) that I want to put together with pocket holes (controversial, I know, just hear me out). I have a Mullark pocket hole jig that I am clamping ...
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How do I remove a dishwasher that is screwed to a granite countertop?

The company that installed the granite countertops attached the dishwasher to the granite. I need to know how to remove the screws, without damaging the granite, in order to replace the dishwasher.
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What screw should I use for a ceiling fan?

I am installing a ceiling fan in a newly built home. There's already a cover there and plate with wiring and two different types of screws in there. I wasn't sure which screws to use to hang up the ...
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Where can I find/how can I make metal screws with black heads? [closed]

I have built some shelves that I specifically want to use black screws and washers for. Finding black metal washers was nearly impossible so I used some metal spray paint to make black ones. That ...
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How to remove screws deep in a mailbox that has a stripped head

I thought replacing this mailbox would be easy... four bolts out and a new mailbox (identical to the old which has exterior issues) in. But then I noticed the four bolts were actually Phillips head ...
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How do I "rethread" a bolt/screw so it can be tightened?

This is a base for an exterior umbrella. The screw isn't threading to the base anymore so I can't tighten it. Is there an inexpensive way to "rethread" screws? Right now, it just spins.
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Are these screws / anchors good enough for mounting this decorative shelf on drywall?

See the images below. Are these small screws suitable for mounting this on drywall? If not, what should I be using? I have two of these decorative shelves that are intended to display a few kids’ ...
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Would a cooking blowtorch be suitable for heating a seized nut?

I've seen that one of the best ways to loosen a seized nut is to heat it with a blowtorch. I have a cooking blowtorch which claims to reach 1300C but also says "for cooking use only". Is ...
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Anchor identification for custom shelving

Rookie hardware question: my father built our kids some custom shelves and gave me several sets of these wall anchors/bolts to install them. I know this is a wall anchor system but looks significantly ...
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What kind of screws are these?

The other eight have been inserted with no problem. I think the female part wasn't cut properly. But if I can identify the screws maybe I can determine what to do next.
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How do I remove my exterior door handle?

The inside handle of my front door has a hole like the picture instead of a screw. At first, I thought I could poke the spring with a thin pin, but that was not the case. I bought a hex wrench set to ...
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Stripped screw on fiberglass electrical box

I made the never-again mistake of using a few fiberglass electrical gang boxes on my recent remodel. It seemed like fiberglass would be better than the plastic boxes, but I learned my lesson there, I ...
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How do I remove this broken screw without breaking the threaded hole it is in?

I was cleaning some built up calcium deposits in my shower and I noticed that the backplate for my shower handle had only one screw, so went to put another and noticed the screw was broken off in the ...
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Affixing Maple Paneling To Drywall

Building a set of floor to ceiling bookshelves along a wall in the living room. Using 2 7/8 wide, 3/8 thick hard maple wainscot for the backing of the shelves. Pricier but looks so much better than ...
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What kind of screw is this from a bar stool?

I have a barstool that has lost several examples of the screw pictured below, and I do not have calipers to measure it precisely. The screw is pictured atop a U.S. quarter coin. Since the condition of ...
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Attaching a steel angle three-hole to a 2x4 red cedar joist

What is the holding pull-out strength difference,relatively speaking, between using wood screws or lag screws when attaching a steel angle plate three-hole to a red cedar 2 x 4 joist ? Access to only ...
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