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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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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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How do I unscrew a stuck cartridge from faucet?

how do I unscrew the cartridge for my double faucet? It’s stuck and spraying boiling water and vinegar in it didn’t help. I'm trying to fix a leaky tap (hot water leaks). This seems to be the issue. ...
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Drilling hole in wall near dryer vent?

I am trying to install a simple shelf on my wall near my laundry washer and dryer. I just measured the length of the shelf and I have to drill a hole and put an anchor/screw above where the dryer vent ...
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Help removing screws from this cabinet hinge

Hi I need help removing screws from the side of the cabinet hinge found inside the cabinet carcass. Turning the screws does nothing to loosen them out, they just spin around. The screws seem to be ...
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Completely stripped screw removal

I tried replaced one of the screws in a door frame and it completely stripped during installation and now its stuck. I have tried using a regular drill bit, extraction bit, duck tape, a hammer (to ...
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Drywall anchor/screw won’t go in but doesn’t appear to be stud

I’ve been installing curtains in my new rental (with approval!). I’m not a total novice but definitely lean towards that side. I was successful in two rooms, using a mix of drywall anchors and ...
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Remove tamper proof screw

I would like to open up this power extension but these strange screws are in the way. I need some way to unscrew this without damaging it. Anyone know what kind of screw this is? What keyword would ...
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How to replace an electrical panel face on a thick wall?

I have an electrical panel that uses the Siemens ECTS2 screws to mount the faceplate up to the rest of the panel. These screws are only about 1" long, and the wall is 1+1/8" thick, so the ...
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What is the best way of attaching chipboard/particle board/melamine kitchen cabinets to a brick wall?

Googling, I was surprised to find limited information on this. I only get "screw cabinets to wall". However, I want to know: What kind of screws? Normal, large, anchor, with wall plug, ...
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How to fix this cupboard knob back?

The threads in the door knob have worn out (stripped threads) and the knob came off. I am not sure how to fix it back other than supergluing it back on. What is the right way to fix it? I am thinking ...
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Screws and anchor to install leaning Ikea cabinet into wall

I live in the US and I am trying to buy wall anchors online for screwing a cabinet with only one row of legs onto a wall so it doesn't lean over. I should mention that the cabinets are from Ikea (...
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Removing two sided screws from studs

I have these screws left in the studs from floating shelf brackets. These are two-sided, with the end with the screws going into the studs and the other end with a bolt that the bracket attaches to. I ...
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How to remove cam lock with screw stuck inside it?

I'm trying to reassemble this furniture but it has screw stuck inside a cam screw: How do I remove the cam screw or the screw? I suppose the cam screw comes out first?
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Fill slotted head screws before painting?

I just removed [almost] 100 year old windows and it was a enormous effort to remove the paint from the screw slots and back them out. For my future self (or whomever might remove and restore when I’m ...
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