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Replacement screws for IKEA sofa [closed]

The screws to reassemble a sofa purchased a long while ago from IKEA disappeared during a move. I thought this would be simple (go to the IKEA site and order replacement screws) but the sofa appears ...
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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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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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How to hang a TV on a drywall with no studs and no room for toggle bolts?

I am hanging a TV in a narrow wall space that has no studs behind it. I have verified there are no studs behind the drywall by using two different stud finders (a cheaper and a more expensive model). ...
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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 do I open an appliance which has a flat round disk as a screw head?

I bought a 6 way with switches and a 4 way gang extension leads. I bought them online and I found them being closed by these screws with a flat round disk as a head. Now understanding the meaning of &...
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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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How to loosen a rusted nut/screw

I have been trying the change the screws connecting the toilet tank, i managed to remove the tank but the nut it completely rusted and became one with the screw. I tried holding the screw in place ...
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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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What screw size can I go to when re-tapping an M6 bore?

I purchased a used jointer. The fence should've been held by two M6x20 bolts (according to the manual) to the body of the jointer. When I went to attach the fence, I noticed two wood screws and the ...
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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 can I fasten a low-voltage plate to drywall?

I do not have much experience with home improvement related things. I moved into my first apartment and I saw that the internet coaxial cable was pushed inside the outlet. I loosened the screws and ...
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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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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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How to remove screws with stripped heads?

I have wood screws whose heads are stripped from trying to remove them with a drill. The drill (or screwdrivers) can't grip the heads anymore. What can i use to remove these screws easily?
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How to remove very stuck stripped screws?

These things are caught in hard wood. I made the dumb mistake of not drilling pilot holes. Rubber band trick failed Screw drill and removal bit failed JB welding a bolt worked for 2/5. Trying again, ...
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What is the best way to remove a broken screw from a deck board?

I used stainless steel trim screws (3 in x 9 gauge) to rebuild our deck and one of them broke off when I was driving it in. There was about a 1/4 of an inch left (just the shank, no head) but when I ...
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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 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 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 can I make self-tapping sheet metal screws go into metal studs more easily?

I am framing metal stud walls to hang drywall in my basement. When using self-tapping sheet metal screws to secure the metal studs to the top and bottom stud tracks, it seems like the screws often try ...
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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 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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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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What type of screw is this (3 slits)?

It has three slits around the edge and no groove in the middle.
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How to fix roller shade that pulled out of top window frame

My roller shade is mounted in the top inside of the window frame. The shades were here when we moved in. One of the plastic anchor screws broke off in the drywall, and the bracket pulled out of the ...
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In what order should flat and split washers be installed?

So, I got a screw and things that look like rings (washers). One of them looks like incomplete ring (C-shaped), another is really a complete bigger ring. The assembly instruction says I need to put ...
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How to remove threaded insert that went in wrong?

I am attaching a cable management tray to the underside of my solid wood desk (acacia). I heard about threaded inserts which are good for when you want to disassemble things frequently. That sounded ...
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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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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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What bit is needed for this screw in an outlet

What kind of bit is needed for this screw? A Phillips bit does not make it and a straight blade either. (I feel that whoever came up with this idea should be covered in honey and placed in an ant ...
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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 to repair an GFCI outlet with a loose ground (green) screw?

I have a contractor come in to do some tile work and he had taken out some GFCI outlets. I think he must have used a power drill to loosen the screws and one of the green, ground screw fell off. It ...
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How to remove what I think is a screw head caught in a waste disposal

I have a waste disposal, and what looks like a screw head, which is jammed in the waste disposal unit (an Insinkerator 55 if it matters). This means as the machine is turned on, it makes a banging ...
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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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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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how to remove a tiny Phillips screw that won't spin? [closed]

A friend asked me to have at a look at his 'broken' laptop and here's a picture of one of the screws. Click for larger view I've been trying to remove it for about 15 minutes. It's in a 'hole' of 2~...
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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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