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How can I patch this ceiling hole my new light fixture does not fully cover?

You could install a circular ceiling medallion over the hole and run the light fixture through the middle of it. This would avoid having to match the paint of the surrounding ceiling. Or here's an ...
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Fix puncture in Ikea Linmon table

Get a piece of ply bigger than the hole (at least 2 or 3 times the size and use it to spread the load. If the clamping side is also small then another spreader may be a good idea. There was a similar ...
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How can I fix this hole I accidentally made with a screw?

Get some glue (make sure to use a glue rated for wood) into the crevices then using a hammer and punch (or drift - a soft one unless you are gentle with a steel one) force the bits back down. Wipe off ...
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How can I patch this ceiling hole my new light fixture does not fully cover?

Like any other repair to sheetrock/plasterboard/drywall. Turn power off (the breaker, not the switch) to the fixture and drop the trim out of your way. Either cut out a larger area and make a large ...
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Fix puncture in Ikea Linmon table

If you want to be slightly decorative you could try something like this... Start with an aluminum cake pan, maybe 8" diameter (or larger?) With a removable bottom; example: You only need the ...
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Will old anchor holes in a concrete slab reduce its useful life?

The concrete looks intact enough for re-use, I can't see if the anchor bolts are good or not, if they can't be reused getting old anchors out of concrete can be tricky: you might have to move your ...
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Will old anchor holes in a concrete slab reduce its useful life?

If you wanted to keep the post centered in it's current location, you could rotate the post 45 degrees and re-drill in place. You might not even need to do anything to the old bolts, as it's unlikely ...
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How to repair large drywall section?

Should I try to cut out so both the existing and the new drywall will touch half of the metal stud on each side? And put in screws on both sides? Yes that is an effective way to do it. Another ...
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How do I reduce the size of screw holes for a door hinge, where door is hollow?

Common way is using toothpicks/wooden matches and wood glue. Fill hole with glue and tooth picks and let dry. Cut any wood sticking out of hole with a knife. Drill pilot hole and will be able to use ...
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How to temporarily repair a hole in a window pane?

I'd do the packaging tape and call it a day. If the glass is clean it'll hold no problem. If you're really worried, silicone or similar would fill the void between the tape. Then, start looking for ...
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Fix puncture in Ikea Linmon table

I know its not a fix as such, but its probably not worth going out your way to fix this issue, The desk in question is very cheap and a new top can be purchased for as a little as £6. https://www.ikea....
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Repairing holes in an interior door

Another trick, actually a variation of that of @agentp, is to use wire mesh (also called hardware cloth) instead of a wood strip. Choose one with small holes, 1/8" if you can find it, 1/4" is real ...
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How can I make these semi-gloss paint patches blend with the wall?

Since you have the original paint and it appears to be good, I would get a roller and work the entire area with a 2nd coat, I would work from the patches out so the roller is not putting as much paint ...
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How to properly repair siding holes

Well, that's a bit messy looking! The best repair would be to remove the two damaged planks and replace them with new ones. Next best would be to cut back the planks away from the hole and replace the ...
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Fix puncture in Ikea Linmon table

Enlarge your hole to a minimal rectangle with square corners that meets the edge of the desk's frame. Cut a block of wood to match the indicated hole. Glue it to the wood frame (marked in green), and ...
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Will old anchor holes in a concrete slab reduce its useful life?

One thing that might work well is to get some hard rapid-set mortar (they make them in smaller packages for patch jobs like this). The old bolts can be drilled out of their holes (use a metal-drilling ...
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Will old anchor holes in a concrete slab reduce its useful life?

Inspect the anchors a little more closely. If they're the drive-in wedge type similar to the RED HEAD brand shown here (photo credit to Grainger), and if the installation hole was drilled clear ...
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How can I put a new screw where an EZ dry wall anchor holding up wide curtain rod was pulled out?

The easiest answer to this is a new, bigger drywall anchor - but these usually require new, bigger screws (thicker shaft, and likely a larger head). At some point, this approach becomes a bad idea, ...
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I drilled holes in my brick too big for my anchors. How can I fix this?

Use larger anchors/screws. IMO this is the best option. There are dozens of different types of anchors, so it is possible to find one that will be larger but fit the smaller screw. Myself, I'd drill ...
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Repairing holes in an interior door

This is a trick for small holes. Cut a strip of wood just wide enough to fit through the hole and length about 2x the size of the hole. ( form the looks a wood paint stirrer may be just the thing ) ...
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How can I repair a large hole in an interior door?

To be honest, I would seriously consider replacing the door. Sometimes the "big" fix turns out to be the cheapest & easiest, particularly if the door is a typical indoor door and a ...
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How should I fill deep holes in my wall?

All you need is some spackle and a putty knife. Recommending brands is against policy here but any high quality spackle will do it. Sometimes on very large holes you may have to pack it with something ...
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How can I fix a hole near an outside corner of my plaster wall?

Get some gypsum plaster from your home store. For the first picture, make sure the rest of the plaster there is sound, no cracks. If there are cracks, remove that portion. Then knock out the plaster ...
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Repair storm door stripped by closer

I'd get some sleeve bolts and run them all the way through a set of the existing holes. I'd be very surprised if the problem recurs. Use the threaded side on the bracket. Drill completely through the ...
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PVC hole repair in tight space

The correct way to repair a damaged PVC pipe is of course to cleanly cut away the damaged portion and use a coupler. But, because this is a drain pipe and thus isn't pressurized, you could probably ...
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What's the proper way to fill this hole?

Acquire a rotatory impact hammer drill so that you can pocket rebar into the existing concrete. Buy 'high-strength' expensive concrete. If you called a truck for onsite mixing (an unnecessary expense),...
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Which trade(s) should I hire for structural repairs?

Talk to your city to see what they are going to require. The inspector should come out and assess the home and see what work needs to be done. There is a good chance that your inspector may say ...
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How do I fill in holes in a fire door?

If you could dimple in the metal around the hole so that you leave enough metal for screw threads to engage then you can install a flat head sheet metal screw that has threads right up to the head. ...
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How should I fill the holes in my floor to prevent mice from getting in?

Expanding foam can get messy but it may be your best bet, if you can keep it in place and they do not chew through it. You may want to either incorporate a heavy gauge metal mesh wire, neatly cut ...
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Duct tape + spackle to fix hole under window ledge?

Nope. Use proper drywall tape of either the paper or fiberglass varieties. Both are cheap and won't leave you with a gooey, hollow, fragile mess. I also recommend proper joint compound. Spackle is ...
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