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Securing a large screw hook in drywall without an anchor

Cut a 1"x 4" board just long enough to fit between the wall on the right and garage door on the left. Attach each end with 2 1/2" screws into the studs of said wall and door frame. Screw hook, ( ...
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What type of screws/anchors to fasten a closer to a steel door

Any type of threaded screw will eventually pull out. I'd think about using some bolt and cap nuts. You'd have to drill right through the door and can probably use the same holes on one side. I'd think ...
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What type of screws/anchors to fasten a closer to a steel door

This appears to be well suited to a rivnut installation. The threaded insert is placed in a hole sized appropriately to the insert, the tool is used to compress the portion inside the door and the ...
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Help identifying pieces in ambiguous wall anchor kit

OK, the yellow anchors do not go into the studs. They can be used in drywall, brick, masonry, etc when the proper size hole is drilled. Those big threaded anchors are for drywall. They have a sharp ...
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Securing Cabinet to wall: better to use two anchors to drywall or one screw into stud?

I would not rely on either drywall anchors or the Amazon thingies. I would attempt to find the wall studs behind the units, then drive decent wood screws through the unit into the studs. If the back ...
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How to replace a wooden anchor in a decades-old concrete lintel

Is this really a lintel ? That would be spanning over a window or door, not in the floor. The old wood is gone because it failed over the course of 50 years. Wood doesn't survive being encased on 5 ...
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Why can't I drive this Tapcon into concrete?

Aside from not using hammer mode, as suggested in the comments, I will report that I have had HIGHLY variable results with Tapcon's in old poured concrete - I don't recall what they claim to work in, ...
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Why can't I drive this Tapcon into concrete?

All the Tapcons, Conserts, or other brand of concrete screws I have driven over the years, I have never, while following the directions driven a concrete screw no deeper into any concrete that has ...
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What type of screws/anchors to fasten a closer to a steel door

Since security could be a concern, I'd suggest a plate on the outside with square holes punched, or round holes drilled to accept carriage bolts that go all the way through the door and nuts on the ...
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How can I remove this concrete wall anchor?

These don't come out easily, sometimes they can be pushed back into the wall and dissappear, this is often the case if the person installing it was thinking ahead and drilled the hole deeper than ...
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Help identifying pieces in ambiguous wall anchor kit

You appear to have 5 anchors and 3 screws. I hope this isn't much of a rack, or that you're willing to go buy some screws. Lag Bolts. The things you are referring to as drywall screws appear to be ...
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Why can't I drive this Tapcon into concrete?

Use 1/4" diameter Tapcons (the 3/16" screws are worthless). Drill the hole with a 3/16" masonry drill bit with a hammer drill, one inch farther than the fastener is long, pulling the bit out of the ...
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How to replace a wooden anchor in a decades-old concrete lintel

Three pieces, connected with wood glue. ELEVATION (SIDE) VIEW ___ __ ___ / | | \ / | | \ /_____|__|_____\ You could make the center one a slight wedge to ...
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Can I drill through chemical anchor resin?

Yes, you should be able to drill the resin/epoxy/plastic with a general purpose drill bit. If you use a smaller drill bit you should be able to just drill screw-tip clearance beyond the plugs ...
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How much weight can I hang from a drywall ceiling?

I do a lot of work in remodel aplications. As for the strength of 1/2" and 5/8 sheetrock it is quite strong. I have been in multiple situations where I had 2 options walk or crawl on belly ...
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How to support 20 feet of 4 inch pvc drain pipe horizontally along a concrete wall?

Any of the pipe hangers available at your local big-box home improvement store are designed to support a full pipe. They would be just decorations if they didn't... Pick a type that seems simplest to ...
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Removing painted over screw wall plugs (UK) and badly applied filler

It appears to me that the touch-up paint color doesn't match the original color very well. Either new, better matching paint will be necessary to cover the touch-up spots again, or repaint the entire ...
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What kind of drill bit will go through both concrete and wood to sink concrete anchors through the sill plate?

A reasonably sharp masonry bit will drill (poorly) thorough wood. A dullish one will drill quite poorly through wood. But it will make a hole (it just won't be pretty.) So, you can use one bit, and ...
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Toggle Bolts you don't need to screw into?

Given the hole you appear to have backed youself into, "glop some thick epoxy through the holes, slather more on the rods and back of the thing, and depend on adhesives to hold it" appears ...
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Removing two sided screws from studs

Attach two nuts on the thread, jam them together. Then use a wrench on the lower nut to unscrew the screw
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Securing Cabinet to wall: better to use two anchors to drywall or one screw into stud?

Screw into studs, and screw the center section to the side pieces.
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What type of a wall mount is needed for an old TV?

Mount on a pair of screws like a picture. Buy screws with heads that are the biggest that can fit into the larger part of the mounting hole, and shafts the biggest that can slide into the smaller ...
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What size is this wallplug, and then what drill size (and type) would I use for brick?

Use the Black & Decker drill bit for masonry. 8 mm is compatible with the 5/16" size you gauged. If you choose, for a guaranteed tight fit, use the 7 mm drill first and if the insert is too tight, ...
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How deep to place a deadman anchor for a slackline?

It’s based on the 1) angle of repose, and 2) weight of soil, and 3) length of deadman. 7-8kn equals about 1500 - 1,800 lbs. If the angle of repose is about 45 degrees and your soil weighs about 80 ...
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How to keep plastic concrete screw anchors from spinning?

Since you mention these come with floor safes, I'm going to guess that you're using these to anchor something.. a safe, perhaps.. to the floor. I'll also guess that the objective in anchoring the safe ...
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Unsure how to use these dry wall anchors?

Throw them away. These are terrible anchors. There are better ones for every type of wall. I never use the hardware that comes with anything to attach to walls. Learn how the walls of your home ...
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Securing Cabinet to wall: better to use two anchors to drywall or one screw into stud?

Studs are always recommended over drywall anchors. Drywall anchors just might hold for a baby, but wait three or four years and they will not hold.
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Why can't I drive this Tapcon into concrete?

Aaaargh, NEVER use hammer on a hammer drill with a Phillips driver bit. Those heads cam out with the slightest provocation, bouncing them up and down will guarantee they part company and trash the ...
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pull up bar from concrete ceiling

Even though those existing anchors may be able to hold you up as you hang from the bar do you really want to trust it? I know I would not trust it. Hanging anything from a concrete ceiling is risky. ...
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Will 2" x 6" treated lumber warp if used like this?

Treated lumber is more likely to warp due to its high moisture content, and the outcome depends on several factors: How securely it's mounted - warpage can create strong forces, but they can be ...
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