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Remove snapped screw from drywall [duplicate]

I was trying to install a toilet roll holder in this wall, but managed to snap the head of the screw off. I think the wall is plasterboard with a couple of layers of plaster on top, and it sounds ...
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Unusual triangular pinned security screw

Does anyone recognise this security screw? Found in South West England on a playground gate.
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IKEA Poang install problem

Slats for the back got put on backwards. Everything unscrewed except one screw which looks like it’s stuck spinning. Any idea on how to get it out?
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Does it cause problems to overtighten connections on receptacles/switches?

One of the things that's always been drilled into me is "loose wires cause fires," and that's something I always remain conscious of when changing out devices. But is there such a thing as &...
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Outlet problem please help. Pesky wires [closed]

If wires won't stay in holes after tightening screws can I just wrap around screws instead
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How do I open this light fixture that has 3 screws / hooks?

In Ireland we have this light fixture: It has 3 metal pieces screwed and something like a clasp in front of each screw: I don't know if I have to remove the screws or have to do something with the ...
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How to remove screw from broken threaded insert?

I don't want to destroy either part since I plan to try to reuse them. I have applied WD40. I tried to use pliers to rotate them (you can see the scratch marks). Nothing. It is like they are welded ...
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T9 Torx Screw Thread diameter in Metric System [closed]

Helllo, I have to design a part that will have screws that can be taken apart with a T9 Torx Screwdriver. These are the screws that are taken apart first thing here. What is the thread diameter of ...
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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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Why would I not be able to drill through a concrete wall splitting our house/laundry room and garage? [duplicate]

I am trying to hang a suspension rail in our laundry room concrete wall. I got the best concrete drill bit but it just won't go through past half an inch. I'm not sure what the issue is or what ...
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Can you get nuts that attach to regular screws?

I have a screw attaching a plastic mould to a metal pole like so: Obviously, the screw's thread size is not the same as a standard bolt thread size so a regular nut can't be attached to the end of ...
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Is there a weather-safe way to fill holes in cedar to enable re-attaching screws?

I have a fence and gate made out of cedar. The gate was attached to a post with 2 large hinges, using 2" lag bolts for each hinge. The top hinge had both bolts pull out of the post over several ...
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What is the name of this hardware connector?

I am looking for the name of the part below. It is a metal connector that has a vertical threaded shaft into which a bolt can be screwed. The base has holes around the shaft that allows the part to be ...
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What tool should I use to remove this screw in my miter saw motor housing?

I have a miter saw from the company "Elektra Beckum", which went out of business several years ago. The saw worked flawlessly until my house got flooded last summer. Now I had the time to ...
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Best Screw Option for Door Hinges without wood framing behind

We have this metal door to our garage with a metal door frame. Unfortunately the 2x4s around the metal frame don't provide coverage to screw in the door hinges into the wood. This has been a problem ...
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What hardware to use to mount a towel rack with a sliding pocket door directly behind the wall?

all. I want to install a 24" towel rack on a bathroom wall and I'm not able to use butterfly anchors or any of the usual type of anchors where the screws will be more than an inch deep into the ...
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How can I remove stripped screws in a bathroom exhaust fan motor bracket?

My bathroom fan suddenly stopped working and planning to replace current one with this one from Amazon but I am having hard time unscrewing the existing one. Here is the picture of current fan, ...
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How to repair door hinge in frame?

Yesterday I was removing some interior doors for a tiling project that was about to happen, and for one hinge on one door I couldn't knock the pin out. But I did notice that for that hinge, that the ...
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Screw type for hard to get at place?

I am going to be attaching a piece of wood to a thin window sash in order to attach a rather heavy window fan to it. I will be using a wood screw to attach the fan housing to the strip of wood (I ...
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Will Stainless Steel Screws with Galvanized Hinges Cause Corrosion? (Exterior Application, Near Ocean)

I have a set of galvanized hinges for a shed door. The shed is located 50 feet from the ocean. Very salty air. The hinges didn't come with screws and I'm having a hard time finding suitable galvanized ...
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Remounting a pullup bar that is slightly off level

I mounted a Rogue P4 Pull up bar system on my wall. I used 6 x 1/2" x 4.5" inch lag screws to fix each post to the wall. I did my best to make each post leveled. However, in the end, one of ...
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How to dismantle a shower frame with screws close to the wall, facing the wall?

I need to remove a shower frame. It seems that I first need to remove the top horizontal bar. It is, however, screwed from the inside of vertical frames. How can I unscrew them and then screw back? ...
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are 1 1/4" screws enough to hang 3/4" plywood?

I have 3/4" furring strips over concrete wall. I'm putting 3/4" plywood atop the furring strips. This is inside, covering a basement wall. Will 1 1/4" screws be long enough to attach ...
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Is there any significance to a red machine screw? [closed]

While cleaning the garage I found this red colored machine screw. I know that green screws signify a ground connection but I've never heard specifics about red screws. Is this for any specific common ...
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How can I find flathead screws with the correct head diameter?

I have a door that uses these screws to hold the handles on. At some point in the past, some of the screws fell out and were replaced with screws that have slightly smaller heads, which means the ...
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How to remove round screw from shower handle

I've tried all kinds of (16) Hex Keys SAE: 1/16", 5/64", 3/32", 1/8", 5/32", 3/16", 7/32", 1/4" Metric: 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 5.5, 6MM but nothing fits these ...
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How to fix cracked wood [closed]

I was putting together a desk which has a wooden surface and metal legs. The wood around the screws joining the wood with the metal leg chipped. How should i fix it?
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What kind of screw do I need here to hold a cabinet hinge?

What kind of screw is supposed to be used to mount this cabinet door hinge? You can see the screw holes circled in red. They look smoothly bored out, so not sure how the screws are held in place. ...
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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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Help to identify the screw standard

I have a screw that is used to fasten electrical-panel door. Now the wall got thicker and I need longer screw to fasten the door. I measured the size of the screw and tried to order same diameter ...
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Tapcon weight holding capability

I have little experience with concrete screws and don't know their weight-bearing capacity. Would four (4) 5/16"-diameter ("heavy duty") tapcon anchors, each 3" in length, screwed ...
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Shower Door Hinge Pulling Away From Wall?

The top hinge of our shower door is pulling away from the wall, which causes the door to sag and leave a little gap when it's open. I tried pushing the hinge back into place and tightening the screws, ...
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How to remove screws in threshold that have an attached washer on the under side?

I am trying to replace the stripped screws that hold my adjustable door saddle in place. They have a attached washer on the bottom of the saddle that doesn’t allow me to remove the screw. Any ...
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How would I tighten a screwless kitchen shear?

I have a pair of J. A. Henckels kitchen shears that look exactly like this: The joints are covered with a blue cap on both sides. I sharpened them recently, but they still don't cut well, and I ...
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Framing a Soffit with Construction Screws

I am building a soffit around my HVAC in the garage. I still have to remove the dry wall from the floor truss so I included a pic of an exposed area. The question is I do not have a framing nailer and ...
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Are black/dark-gray-colored screws typically weaker?

I am no expert on screws. When I go buy some, I'm typically handed screws that have a silvery color. I have never asked about the metal composition. Still, occasionally I notice you can also get sets ...
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Reinstall Window Blinds, Screw Holes

I purchased Inside-Mount Horizontal Faux Wood Blinds. We removed our blinds temporarily due to painting. When reinstalling, should we reuse the Same holes, use different drywall screw mounts, or get ...
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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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How do wire screw handles work?

I acquired a chest of drawers and one of the handles of the drawers came out and I was surprised to see that they were twisted wires. Looking on the other side there are screws. So neither the wires ...
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Hanging coat hook with keyhole slot

I purchased some coat hooks about a year ago and have only just around to installing them (decorating takes time haha). They are hung with keyhole slots on the back of them: The problem I have is, I ...
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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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Screwing in to an HVAC vent

I'm trying to mount a sliding barn door in a room. It has five holes in the rail for the lag screws to screw in to. One of the five holes is directly over an HVAC vent that leads to the upper floor - ...
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Imperial to metric screw conversion

I am working on a DIY electronics project with the instructions posted online and they call for screws and nuts in imperial (US) format. Because I live in Europe, I need the screw and nut sizes in ...
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Fixing sheet material together

I have two pieces of sheet material that I want to fix together, one is reinforced cardboard and the other is a flat piece of metal that's part of a clasp. I'm looking for a fixing that would function ...
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What is the maximum torque I can apply to a screw?

It happened recently that I broke the head off two screws, once by using an electric drill and once by tightening the screw by hand. For example, it can happen that the pilot hole in the wood is too ...
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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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Screw backing failure in Bosch dishwasher

Context: Bosch SHE3ARF2UC/22 provided this link to diagrams The plastic anchor, which holds the screw in place, seems to have broken: The screw hole is in the dishwasher door: Is there a simple ...
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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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Do I need an impact driver for driving concrete screws?

I'll shortly need to bolt some shelving and a power rack down into my garages concrete floor. I'm planning on using concrete screws so that I can remove them later if I want to move anything around. I'...
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