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Questions tagged [screws]

Questions relating to threaded fasteners and their use.

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Bathroom toilet paper holder

I have a toilet paper holder that fell out recently. The holder looks like this: What's the purpose of the alligator clips on the screws, and how should I go back reinstalling this? I can't seem to ...
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How to avoid stripping screw heads?

In at least two different contexts now (installing shower handrails, installing gate on fence) I've found myself stripping the head of the screw beyond all use. I must be doing something wrong, so ...
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Fix stripped screws in a doorframe

My kids playroom door got beat up, and we managed to pull the screws out of the jamb. Tips to fix it? I've heard drill out + dowel + redrill, anything else?
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What is the purpose of this inverted Philips head screwdriver bit?

I have a set of jewel screwdriver bits, for torx, Phillips, etc. However, there's one bit that looks like a Phillips head that's inverted or backwards, and I can't figure out its function. The bit is ...
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Hanging faux wood blinds- screw broken. Is there a tough screw I can use for a wall stud?

Job= I was trying to hang up some new faux wood 2" slat blinds. It's a double sized window, so I bought 2 blinds. I needed to install 4 brackets, with 2 in the center. I predrilled the holes as the ...
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My screws won’t turn in trellidoor frame

I’m trying to remove an old trellidoor but the screws won’t turn at all. They are not worn down or painted on ( they are screwed into a metal frame) The drill I’m using is a 18v with new drill bits. ...
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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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What anchors to use on walls with rigid foam insulation behind the wallboard?

My builder installed insulation board over the existing solid brick walls in our new kitchen. I need to install anchors for string shelf supports but haven't had any luck finding the right ones. I've ...
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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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Wooden piece without a screw hole - is this correct?

This is my first DIY, so please forgive me if my question sounds very naive. I have a whole set of furniture's coming in, so I need to get this bed-side table right! I am trying to set this up and I ...
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Easy Chair Long Screw needs to be tight [closed]

I have an easy arm chair that I bought from Ikea. Recently its extra-long-screw that used to be on the sides of the chair got loosened somehow. I tried to tight it by force but it is like super loose ...
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Eyebolt where nut is another eyebolt?

Is there such a thing as an eyebolt where the nut is another eyebolt? It would be used for a 2" tube with a hole drilled across it, something like this:
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Does this exist - 'screwdriver gun' with cartridge to automatically load new screws?

I'm looking to do some really repetitive assembly that involves screw-driving a ton of M2 screws over and over again into threaded holes to put two plastic pieces together. Because it's a high ...
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How much force can a concrete block fence and wood stud hold when installing a large shade sail?

I have a standard concrete block fence. I want to install a large 20 x 26 foot shade sail, or two 20 x 13 shade sails by screwing hooks into the wall, and the other end into my house via the studs. ...
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Remove Tight Decking Screws

I'm trying to remove 1 decking plank to access a blocked drain underneath. The decking was installed about 6 months ago (not by myself). The screws appear to have been countersunk far below the ...
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What are these “splitted thread” screws for?

I've found a screw like this. It doesn't have a whole thread, it's threaded both near the tip and near the head but not in the middle. What's the purpose of this? Furthermore the thread is partially ...
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Identify screw and dowel on this cabinet door

What are these? Screw has two positions: fixed and loose. I can only switch between them but I cannot unscrew.
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3-prong tamper proof screw type?

Anyone know what bit would fit this? I have only seen the 2-prong spanner bits...
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What brand is this screw?

Does anyone know what brand is this screw? I thought it might have good performance on hard wood, and want to buy some but don't know what brand it is. Here are the pictures of the screw.
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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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Securing two sections of 'floating' molding together and to wall

There is no wall stud behind the ends of these two sections of molding. (Otherwise, of course, I would use nails.) The surface behind them is painted gypsum wall board. The molding on the right is ...
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How can I attach lumber for a shelf so that screws are not seen?

So I'm making a simple shelf like the one in the picture. I asked the home depot guy and the guy told me to use regular screws and then use filling to cover up the holes, something I already knew. I ...
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What size is this wallplug, and then what drill size (and type) would I use for brick?

I'm trying to hang a hose "butler" from Home Depot (Model CHH200HB). It comes with three wallplugs and screws, so should be simple, but there is no sign of what size the plugs or screws are, nor which ...
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Will 2“ x 6” treated lumber warp if used like this?

I will be using 10-ft x 2" x 6" treated lumber for a rail. Will treated wood used as a rail warp? Let me explain the application: I have a 10-ft 2"x6" piece of treated wood that will be attached at ...
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What size fasteners should I use to mount fence bases to concrete?

We're anchoring several 4" x6" x 1/4" steel plates to concrete. They will be used for a fence. These bases need to be solid, but it's simply to separate one area from another (people won't be near it)....
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Self drilling masonry screws?

It’s true. I’m telling you I’ve seen them. It’s a masonry screw with the typical triangular tip seen on all masonry drill bits. I saw them in the van of one of the utility companies here in town and ...
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Dewalt DCS391 - Can't change blade on circular saw because of stuck blade clamping screw

I need to change the blade on my Dewalt DCS391 circular saw for the first time. The blade clamping screw is for an hex key left-hand threads, but I can't unfreeze it no matter how much lever of ...
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Hanging a mirror from its wooden frame

I intend to use four eye screws, pictured, to hang a wood-framed mirror. The mirror is about 44"x32". But installing four eye screws (two on the bottom, one on each side, with a cable running through ...
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Can 3/8" Titen Heavy Duty Screw Anchor or hole be reused?

So we drilled into concrete to bolt down steel bases with several Titen 3/8" x 3" Titen heavy duty Screw Anchor. I'll be replacing the base, so I will need to remove the screw, remove the base, and ...
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How to remove rusted screws?

I have these rusted screws in my garage door. How do I remove them? I tried using pliers, a hammer, Water Displacement 40. Didn't come out. Here is another view from the inside: If someone has a ...
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What Does The Code Of Screws Represent?

I have different packs of screws. They all have unique codes. E.g. 6-35-B1120-4RE*12 6 might be the diameter # (which is approx. 9/64 inches). 35 might be the # of threads. (It doesn't appear to have ...
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Removal of rusted bolt remains

I recently moved into a new house. Within days, a PVC double-glazed window handle snapped. To replace it I tried removing the two bolts securing it. One came out fine, the other head sheared off ...
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Connecting Aluminum Angle using Screws

I am trying to join 2 pieces of Aluminum angles (6061, 90 degree, 1/16" thick) together using this self-driving screw: Extra-Wide Rounded Head Drilling Screws for Metal #8 1/2" length From McMaster ...
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Fasten 1/4" steel plate to 2x4 wood?

I have several 2"x4" x 12ft pieces of wood that I will use as rails. I need to secure them to several 1/4" steel plates. The steel plates have two holes for screws ( or whatever I end up using). The ...
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Uneven poles for fence with wood railing?

What can I do if the steel poles used for a fence are uneven? They're all supposed to be the same height, but for some reason, they're uneven (ie. surface is uneven, the welder din't measure correctly,...
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Insert eyebolt into steel tube without using nut?

I have a regular round 1 1/4" steel tube, and I want to insert and eyebolt in it. The tube only has one hole (where the eyebolt goes) so I can't use a nut. What options do I have and can I find it ...
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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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How long does screw have to be to anchor bookcase?

I'm trying to anchor an IKEA Billy bookcase to the wall it doesn't contain screws for the wall (I don't think any IKEA furniture does). And their instructions don't explain how long the screws need to ...
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How much can I safely suspend from ceiling joist? Which screws?

I want to hang a motorized projector screen on my basement ceiling. I'd like to know how much weight I can safely hang from the ceiling (joists? See picture below. Arrow marks the spot I'd like to ...
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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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Looking for drill bit tapered to match pencil sharpener

I saw this once years ago, but can't find it now. It's a drill bit that drills a conical hole whose taper matches the cone left by a pencil sharpener. The idea is that you can repair stripped screw ...
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Safe/ less damaging way or method to attach/ screw these wall hook fixtures for easier future removal?

So I've got 2 (small 4 hook) + 1 (Long 6 hook) of these collapsing hook fixtures (each has 2/3 holes for screws) as shown in pictures. I've tried to label the surrounding things as well as I can. ...
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looking for hexlike-bit to unscrew bottom of ikea couch leg

We're trying to unscrew a leg from an Ikea couch (it's possibly the Stockholm model, not sure). The bolt on the inside looks hexlike, but all the hex bits we've tried doesn't seem to work. Can anyone ...
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How can I unscrew this protected screw?

I think this was used to secure a weapon in the property I bought. It is like a flat drive, but only clockwise. One of four fixing was with a normal screw, which I removed.
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one-way screw in ikea floor lamp switch

The switch in my IKEA JANSJÖ LED floor lamp seems to have a problem. Trying to open the switch, I found out that it has one-way screws! Any idea how I can open it (in an easy way! no special tools) or ...
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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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Name of this shelf support screw with plastic head

This shelf support is a screw with a semi-circular plastic head. Does it have a name? A name that can be used on Google to find this thing. Or the name given by those who produce it. Additional info: ...
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What is the name of this combination of screw and rotating metal piece that locks it?

I recently self assembled a wooden furniture and had to use these parts: They are used to connect boards at 90 degrees to each other. The screw is screwed into one board and the lock is embedded in ...
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What tool(s) should I use to make a hole in a wall and then put a screw in?

I am doing some work in the kitchen and have purchased a metal bar to which I'm planning to hang some utensils. To mount the metal bar, I am required to make some holes on my kitchen wall and put some ...
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Remove screws from Duravit toilet seat

My toilet seat hinge busted, so I'm replacing the whole thing. It's a Duravit Starck 3 seat. I'm trying to remove the old hinges, which are screwed into plastic things that are a permanent part of the ...