Questions tagged [screws]

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What type of bolt is only threaded at the tip

I am trying to fix my son's scooter and need a 2nd one of these: I've never seen this style of bolt/screw before: only the first 1/4" or so is actually threaded and the rest is just an ...
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What are some effective methods to fix a worn out screw holes of a door hinge? [duplicate]

I have a door that was slightly tilted and didnt close properly. I noticed the hinge was a tad loose, and what was holding it was a short 0.5" screw. I replaced it the screws with a new 1" ...
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How do I repair decking where my screws have broken?

We installed a deck (various 2x and 4x PT lumber with 5/4 PT decking) two summers ago. As the wood dried, it warped and shrunk, so the deck's been squeaking with every step. I just took an hour or so ...
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What type of screw do I need for this faucet handle?

Somehow the screw holding the handle of my outdoor faucet - the type you connect a garden hose to- came loose, and my faucet handle detached from the stem of the faucet. Normally this is the type of ...
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Are electrical screws a standard diameter?

I've just had to reset the thermal cutout of my immersion heater. Whilst removing the cover, I've stupidly dropped the nut somewhere behind the tank. Fishing around with a magnet has pulled up all ...
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Why don't my composite deck screws go in all the way? Why RT screws?

I'm trying to finish up a composite deck project. We had been using SplitStop screws when we needed them, but I only need about 30 more and don't want to buy another box of them because they're very ...
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What length and gauge screw to attach a 2x4 fence rail to a 4x4 post (face screwed)?

I'm constructing a picket fence and need to attach the 2x4 rails to the 4x4 posts. I've seen some conflicting information of what length and gauge. I'm leaning towards 3" #9 screws. This will ...
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What are these brass spacers on a simple porcelain drawer pull called?

I have a few of these vintage, small, round porcelain drawer pulls; see pics below. Some have screws and “spacers” but some don’t. So I’m trying to figure out what those brass “spacers” might ...
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How do I measure my screws to match how stores label them?

When I buy screws, the container often has measurement labels, e.g. : 50/4 or 20/2.5 and such. I'm pretty sure the first number is a length in millimeters, and the second number is a width in ...
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How to unscrew this screw

I want to take out my dish washer but there is a screw that I don't know how to unscrew. I can't get the screwdriver straight on the screw head, only at an angle. Any advise would be appreciated.
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Weird set screw on tub faucet

I’m trying to remove this old tub faucet. There is what looks to be a set screw, but it’s either been stripped or is super corroded. What are my options here? I can’t seem to fit an Allen key down ...
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Butt joints with screws

I'm building a small wooden foundation for a new shed (pic below, joints in question highlighted). I'll be using wood screws to put it all together. My question is simple, should I be screwing through ...
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studfinder’s ac setting is going off AFTER placing screws

I have a precise question about what my walls are getting up to, and reading the experiences of others hasn’t helped much. I have a vivreal studfinder that includes metal and ac sensors, and plaster ...
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Screw with two grooves?

Hi there: this screw from my bathroom vanity handle has broken. I'm curious about the two grooves that you might be able to see on the remaining screw. Do they serve any purpose? Should I be trying to ...
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How to remove inaccessible screws from window handle?

My window handles are defunct. The locking cylinder is missing from one, and the cylinder is loose and falls out of the one pictured. They are both locked shut permanently. Two screws hold it in place,...
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How much weight can a 3.5" deck screw hold before pulling out?

I have built a climbing wall in my daughter's bedroom room. There is a portion on the structure that is completely horizontal on the ceiling, it is 36" × 36". The framing consists of 2x4's. I ...
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Removing/re-seating threaded rod for cabinet leg

I bought some cabinet legs along with 90 degree mounting plates from Ebay (I know, what was I expecting)... 2 of the legs are good, threads seated correctly, 1 is a little off but I can live with it; ...
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Concrete screws not going in all the way [duplicate]

I'm attempting to use tapcon 1/4in by 2.75in concrete screws to affix something to a wall of poured concrete, but it's only going about 3/5 of the way in before refusing to go any further. I used the ...
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Removing rusted screws from a gate-post attached to a wall

I am changing my old rusted garden gate with a new one. However, because of a couple of rusted screws, I could not remove the gate-post attached to the walls on either end of the old gate. I tried ...
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Where can I find furniture screws that lock into embedded metal parts?

I'm renovating an old box for the MRS. as a bit of a project. It's missing some parts which appear to be the type of screws you get in "flat pack" furniture whereby you screw so much into ...
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Which mounting screws to use for Ikea Hoppvals?

I recently bought these Ikea blinds (HOPPVALS). To my surprise when I opened the package there was no mounting screws to use or any recommendation of what kind of screws would be the appropriate ones ...
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How much weight can a 3/4“ x 8” lag bolt hold when drilled in half way?

Question: How much weight can a 3/4" x 8" lag bolt hold when drilled in half way? What about other lengths and thickness, and percent drilled in? Is there some sort of formula to calculate? Optional ...
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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 drilling it in. There was about a 1/4 of an inch left (just the shank, no head) but when I ...
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Remove screwdriver tip from screw hole

Gonna be a weird one. I've tried to open up a Neato Robot Vacuum to fix a small problem and I've found myself in a doozy. Trying to unscrew it, the tip of the screwdriver must have been loose and fell ...
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Identify this Screw

What is the name/type of this screw? This screw is used in this manual for assembly of my chest drawer. Here is an excerpt from my assembly manual. Its usage is marked with "F".
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Stuck/Spinning Bolt Screw

Some time ago I had a handyman install a pull-up bar with some "M10 x 75" bolt screws that came included with the pull-up bar. When I try to take the bolt screw off to remove the pull-up bar, the ...
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Stuck keyed drill chuck

I have an older Black and Decker KR650RE reversible hammer drill. I need to replace the chuck however the screw on the inside seems damaged. How can I remove the chuck. Any help much appreciated. ...
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How to drive a wood screw to get a precise screw-thread fit

How does one drive a wood screw to a get a perfect-fit thread, as in the first image? Note the difference between first and second images. The 'bite marks' that would have been made in the upper ...
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i can't tighten the hinge screws on my aluminum swinging screen door, the screws just spin without tightening. how can this be remedied?

i have an aluminum swinging screen door. the hinges are loose, but I can't tighten them, the screws just keep spinning. What should I do?
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Fix loose screw in sofa leg

One of my sofa's metal legs now has a loose screw such that I can't screw it in properly to the sofa. Possibly broken as a result of moving. Is there any way to fix it or at least a band-aid solution ...
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How to combine flat and split lock washers on a bolt

So I'm assembling a pull up bar and its assmebly instructions look like this In the parts list it mentions only one type of spring washer (quantity 4). But it actually came with two types of ...
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How can I hang a shelf off of existing screws in brick wall?

Recently moved into an apartment, and setting it up. I need to hang a projector and a video game console off of a brick wall in the home. Ideally, because it's an apartment, I don't alter the wall. ...
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How to unlock a jammed cam lock

I am trying to disassemble an IKEA desk, and need to get the cam locks off and out to take the desk apart. The issue is not prying them out, it's turning them to get them unlocked. Most of them ...
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Mounting WLAN router, switch, 2 Raspberry Pis and a power strip

Hardware I would like to mount Router: AVM FRITZ!Box 7590 Switch: Netgear GS116E-200PES 16-Port 2 * Raspberry Pis (3 & 4) various CAT.7 cables Powerstrip ??? (ideas are welcome, should be related ...
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How to set-up a shelf in a tiled bathroom?

I am contemplating installing a shelf in my bathroom, and have set my sights on Ikea's Brogrund (number 304.089.79 in France, not sure is those are worldwide). The screws to set it up on the wall are ...
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10d nail gun or # 8 screws

I have to do a one side 8ftx6” slab repair on 6 lower chords on my trusses. I can use 10dx3 nails or #8x3 screws. Do you think it would be better to use nail gun or screws?. I understand nails have ...
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Using drywall screws for electrical boxes?

I am installing the following items: and I am using regular 1 1/4" drywall screws to secure them. Is there any concern in regards to shear strength or rot that would make me regret using drywall ...
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What kind of screw is this? It's meant to be paired with a grommet

What kind of screw is this? And what characteristics are relevant when trying to locate a suitable replacement? It's meant to be paired with a grommet.
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Which M3 screw / bolt material can be used in dishwasher?

I have fixed two pair of tongs I use for cooking with M3 screws and bolts. After a few rounds in the dishwasher rust started forming... Is there any different M3 screws / bolts material that I ...
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What is this screw's name / type?

Seems that recently Ikea and many other menufacturers are using the screw you see in picture (classic 1.5 multi power plug, nothing fancy). I have never seen anything similar and searching online ...
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What is a NON-self-tapping screw? What does self-tapping mean, really?

Someone on the site suggested that I use "self-tapping screws", and gave me a link to the Wikipedia page about them. So, I went there, saw the definition: A self-tapping screw is a screw that can ...
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Cam lock & dowel alternatives

I have a chest of small chest of drawers held together by metal cam lock & dowel pegs. The cam lock & dowel regularly come loose. I am looking for suggestions for alternatives? the cam lock ...
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What kind of screw should I use to affix plywood to a hollow metal door?

I need to affix a plywood frame (depth ~1.25 cm or so) to an office entrance door. The door is metallic, but not a solid metal block: it's hollow. The metal face of the door is about 2mm. This is the ...
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Technique for driving hinge screws to minimize misalignment

When fitting hinge screws I've noticed that, unless the pilot holes are centered exactly on the holes in the hinge and at a precise (within 2-3 degrees) horizontal/lateral right angle to the hinge ...
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How can I remove this stuck screw in my bathroom?

I'm trying to remove this tower holder, but the screw is stuck. The hole seems to be a 2mm hexagonal socket, but the allen key turns and cracks without moving the screw. I've tried other fixtures and ...
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Concealed toilet cisterns attached by screws to dry wall. Are they secure?

I've noted several post-2000 build apartments that have concealed plastic toilet cisterns that are secured at the rear to dry wall by 4 screws. They are lever-type cisterns, so there is also a toilet ...
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Yellow zinc construction screws and brass bathroom fitting

Can I use yellow zinc coated construction screws on shower brass fitting?
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simple niche/nook shelf: boards resting on screws

I have a niche/nook in a room (marked red) and some leftover chipboards of width 16mm. Together they should make a simple shelf. So I would cut the chipboards to the same width/depth as the niche/...
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What are these parts included with mounting bolts?

I have a thing to mount on the wall. These things were coming with it. To figure out how to apply them properly I has to know how these things and their parts are called. There 10mm inscription on the ...
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Name of Blunt Tip Sheet Metal Screw

I was replacing the heating element on my old Jenn-Air and I lost an important screw. It is a #8 3/8" long blunt-tip hex head screw holding two pieces of sheet metal together. The head fits a 1/4" ...

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