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Do hinge screws become more tight-fitting over time once installed?

I've noted newly installed hinge screws can be replaced more easily if replacement is within days after fitting. If left for weeks or more, they become considerably harder to remove due to friction. ...
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Shorter Screws for Hardie Board

The floating (unattached to subfloor) hearth I am building for my wood stove is going to be constructed in this order: 1/2 plywood Layer of thinset 1/4 Hardie board Thinset Tiles The recommended ...
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Siemens Type QN mounting screw size?

I have a QN2200R breaker without the little screw it came with that screws into the panel to hold the breaker in place. Does anyone know the size of screw or if Siemens sells a replacement screw kit? ...
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3/4” Furring Strip Sufficient Holding Strength for French Cleat Wall?

I have 3/4” thick furring strips (1x2s) anchored to a concrete wall (very securely) that I am planning to put 1/2” plywood on for a French cleat wall. Will the 3/4” depth, using a 1.25” screw to ...
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Drawer slide catching can’t remove

The drawer slide won’t extend fully because it keeps getting caught. I think it is catching on a loose screw but I can’t access the screw to tighten it as the slide keeps getting caught! Does anyone ...
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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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Is there a torque table for hex cap screws?

I find that especially with smaller hex cap screws the hex drive is worn out or deformed long before I reach the maximum torque that the screw could theoretically handle. For example: I've used M5 ISO ...
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Reusing Old Gold Course Screws on a New Project

Learning from guys who had no power tools but were craftsman in the day my learning experience was not to re use nails or screws for many reasons. Got into a huge argument with a College Grad who ...
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Hanging Olympic Rings

So I read the "Advice on hanging gymnastic rings in garage rafters?" and I'm not satisfied with the responses. It's not that they weren't good it's just I still think it can be done safely ...
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best way to plug unused screw holes in wood deck

my redwood 2x6 decking was originally screwed in from the top. the wood is in pretty decent shape, so i’m going to: remove the planks put joist tape on the joists flip the planks over use hidden ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Best way to mount stuff on 5/8" thick shiplap board wall?

We have a shiplap accent wall (5/8" thick pine boards) where we need to mount some wall coat hangers and other stuff that will be relatively heavy. Should we just mount items with screws or use ...
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Window Planter Box

I want to start this off by saying I’m a beginner, so if something is obvious, I’m sorry but I’m just learning. Anyways, I have a 4 foot long by 1 foot deep by 1 foot tall window planter box. My first ...
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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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What size replacement screw to get for a Rosslaire Security Keypad?

I have a Rosslaire Security Keypad (AC-Q41HB Anti-Vandal Backlit PIN Standalone Controller) for my side door. The screw the holds that holds the keypad tight on the back panel got lost (the small ...
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Need to affix an outdoor boiler to an external wall that has started to come away

I have a situation where an existing boiler that was fixed to an external weatherboard wall has started to come loose. The weatherboard had some dry-wall or something affixed first to which the ...
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Is it okay to screw self-tapping screws into a steel lintel of unknown thickness?

I want to install blinds into windows that have a metal lintel. The lintel appears to be a steel beam of unknown thickness. Can I just screw self-tapping screws in there? Should I drill a pilot hole ...
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Filling large hole to screw/drill into again

I have a radiator which was not on properly. I tries tightening the screws but the original plaster just gave way. I filled it with 2 products (polycell and ronseal) which both claimed they could take ...
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Specialty screws for reinforcing wooden shelf supported by pins

This is a 6 foot tall MDF + Veneer shelf unit. Adjustable shelves with pin holes. Most are supported as shown. The shelf I am remounting uses screws in the pinhole and the dovetailed inserts in the ...
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Why do screw head sizes and lengths vary for a stated size?

I have two #8 screws, they should have the same diameter. They are supposed to be 1-1/4" long, but one is slightly longer. I don't care too much about it. However, the heads of the two screws, ...
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What materials or situations require plugs/anchors for screws?

Context : I have an Ikea's Gerton tabletop (solid beech, 3 cm thick) and two Ikea's Alex drawers blocks as feet (Ikea's Alex, panes are 1.6 cm thick). I'd like to fix heavy stuff on the opposite edge (...
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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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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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How to find a right screw for a hole

I want to hang some stuff on my wall so here it comes to the part where I need to get screws/anchors. Saying I have a hole in a piece that I would like to attach(a picture attached), how can I ...
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Rusted tapcons on an aluminum screen patio cage

What replacement screw is best to replace rusted tapcons on an aluminum screen patio cage?
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How many sizes larger do I need to go to fix a cross threaded screw?

Generally, how much bigger should a new screw be so that it doesn't interfere with the crossed threads that have already been made but sits as if it had been tapped freshly? People generally seem to ...
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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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what type of sheet metal screws are harder than stainless steel?

I am trying to repair my dishwasher that has a stainless interior. I need to use stainless sheet metal screws so they wont corrode. I've got holes drilled and the screws go into the thin stainless ...
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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 can I protect rusting Tapcons in a seashore installation?

We installed some glass railings using Tapcon screws. Few months after installation screws started to rust. The house is located on a seashore, and in windy weather, saltwater spray can reach it. ...
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Is screw/nut zinc vs zinc plating as advertise or a manufacturer shorthand?

I bought a set of machine screws and nuts which say "zinc" on the product. I also bought a box of locknuts from a different manufacturer which says "zinc plated" on it. Is the box ...
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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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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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Need help installing the pull up bar i just bought

I am a rookie that hasn't done much installing/drilling etc. in my life (I just turned 18 ;P). I bought this pull up bar online, assembled it, but now I have to install it on my wall. At first I ...
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How to unscrew from narrow gap?

On my computer case, I found a screw in this position. How can i unscrew it.
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