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What are these metal strips on our garage walls for?

Those are hurricane clips or straps. I'd imagine that there are more than these two, and that they're spaced evenly around the walls. That wooden rail at the top of the brick work is called a "...
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What are these metal strips on our garage walls for?

This is a wall plate strap: source It's designed to stop vertical movement of the timber wall plate beam the connects the roof to the wall. The wall plate is mortared to the top of the wall, but ...
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How can I hit studs and avoid cables when installing a TV mount?

Although you TV set may be light enough so that wall anchors will support the weight they may pull loose when the set gets re-positioned and adjusted. Always try to secure the mount to a framing ...
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How can I hit studs and avoid cables when installing a TV mount?

Personally I've never had much luck with electronic stud finders. Other techniques that work for me: Use a magnet out of an old hard drive to locate nails/screws. Find one then search up and down ...
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Use 10 inch network patch panel with 19 inch switch

The most obvious thing is to get a patch panel designed for a 19" rack or one that comes with an adapter plate. If you have your heart set on using the patch panel that you have then you would be ...
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How can I hit studs and avoid cables when installing a TV mount?

1 - Absolutely yes. Use a stud finder. 2 - No. 3 - Don't. A stud finder will help you again. Look vertically to see if you have an outlet directly below where you're drilling or above as that's an ...
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Ceiling Fan Junction Box Converter/Bracket 1/2 inch width difference

If your box is that small it is almost certain that it is not a fan rated box. If it is not, then the box MUST be replaced with a fan rated box. Sorry, but even with approval, someone unlicensed, ...
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A-Frame Bracket for 4x8 swing beam

I would refrain from using that type of fastener. I believe it will allow a lot of movement. I made a sketch to show what I have made before, many years ago. It does not have any hangers just angled ...
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Stair Handrail loose, but not due to screws loose

A cardboard or soft aluminium (from a drink can) shim sounds like an excellent solution to the problem. You want it just thick enough that the screws into the handrail cause the loop to grip tightly ...
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Identification of unique DIY floating shelf bracket

They're called "custom-made brackets, specifically for this product". Otherwise known as "bespoke". You should be able to buy one of these from the company, dismantle it, and send a specimen to a ...
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How can I hit studs and avoid cables when installing a TV mount?

Def. use a stud finder. I have something like this and it also alerts me to electrical cables. Like another poster said, just sheetrock is NOT strong enough to mount a TV to. You'll end up with a ...
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In what orientation should this L-bracket be when hanging shelves?

The long leg goes against the wall. You can do it the other way, but it won't be as strong.
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What do you call the attach-y things on the business end of adjustable shelf brackets?

A medium duty, standard single slot, blade bracket? Source: beta.lvmannequins.com Another option might be removing the plastic caps off the uprights and slide something down there; put 'legs' on ...
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Should I fasten brackets to the wall or desktop first?

As you're just asking about which order to attach the pieces, and not different methods, there is very little difference. Mounting the brackets to the wall first may make it easier to ensure you hit ...
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Looking for a particular dual-track shelving bracket.

Brackets of the type you want are made. Specifically designed for supporting wall mounted cupboards, white boards, panels etc. These were spotted in a UK web site for SPUR Shelving. You would have to ...
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Knee Brace support Hanger for Treehouse

I think those are Simpson Strong-Tie HD3B, or maybe a HD5B. At under 10 bucks a pop, you can probably afford to buy one just to look at it and see if you think it suits your needs. edit: just looked ...
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In what orientation should this L-bracket be when hanging shelves?

The long part goes against the wall, under the shelf. The length of the actual bracket under the shelf should be three quarters the width of the shelf.
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Is there a standard hole diameter for corner braces?

There are no standard sizes. Braces of the type you are considering most commonly have holes that are less than 1/4" and more than 1/8", somewhere around 3/16". They are usually intended for #6, #8 ...
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Installing a ceiling light with screw holes that don't match the ceiling bracket

You need to acquire a light fixture mounting bracket. The type that you need would look like the bracket as shown in the picture below: Install it through the longer slotted holes into the existing ...
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Is it advisable to mount an outdoor air-conditioner on a wall with brackets?

An air conditioner can be installed on pretty much any brick, concrete or block wall. As long as it is installed properly, there is no issues to it falling or structural integrity of the building. Air ...
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Correct orientation for t-shaped shelf bracket to minimize stress on anchor bolts

Whether the 2" side up or the 4" side up, it doesn't matter in terms of the stress on the bolt. We can do a simple analysis as below. In the figure below your T-shaped bracket in drawn in blue while ...
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Removable Bracket for Wood

How about a "T Nut"? Drill a hole for the central threaded part, then knock it in so the teeth grip & hold.
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What is recommended method for mounting chandelier canopy that has 2 screws?

After you figure out the spacing of the bolts hanging down, you thread a nut on the bolts on the side of the bracket opposite the heads. Cinch down the nuts, check the alignment. If okay, install the ...
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How do I install a countertop with a large overhang without using a corbel or post?

I have gone through this on about 20 installs and have gotten better from my first ones. The thicker the L-bracket the better. A lot of time the big box doesn't sell ones that are made for ...
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Is 11 - 12 inches of overhang on a shelf too much?

As long as you don't heavily load the shelf you should be fine. Make sure that you hit the studs when you install the shelf brackets. The brackets should have a load rating on them. Use properly sized ...
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Is 11 - 12 inches of overhang on a shelf too much?

The issues with shelves are sag and safety. Given 11" overhang and the bracket spacing you are at extremely (maybe none) low risk for sag. Two feet isn't really a wide enough space for a board ...
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How to mount this sink?

This hangs by the 3 "screws"... However I have seen sinks like this twice in my life and they were both being supported by BOLTS. Either with a BAS (big ass screw) or BAB you will for sure ...
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Where can I find a metal one of these online?

Here is a source for a metal bracket like you want.
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Where can I get unusual dowel/shelf bracket sizes?

I'm not really sure what you're describing, but have you considered the originals may be metric (9mm, maybe). Furthermore, if you're thinking of using dowels, you should be able to either: 1) Get ...
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Hardware (clamp and/or spacers) to mount a horizontal pipe to a roof?

Since this seems to be a temporary canopy, messing around with the roof's integrity (by adding a few attachments) is probably not desirable: it will cause premature aging of the roof and increase the ...
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