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How do I reattach a shelf to the wall when it ripped out of the wall?

It was installed incorrectly. It appears what you have in the picture is a knotting anchor. Near the tip of the plastic sleeve is a threaded section. Properly installed, tightening the screw should ...
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Can I mount a TV stand on drywall on only one stud?

Technically might work. NOT RECOMMENDED. Mount a piece of plywood on the wall, screwed into 2 studs. Mount stand to plywood. Done. If you paint the plywood to match the wall (doesn't need to be ...
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Mounted tv too high, OK to use same studs to remount?

Absolutely no problem. The screws (actually called "lag bolts") bite into the wood immediately around them, and the wood fibers around that hold the bolt in place. Yes the holes you made already ...
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How do I mount this towel rack that was ripped off the wall?

The traditional solution for a pulled out towel rack is to remove the towel rack, patch the holes (usu two on each end) and place the rack slightly higher or lower. An experienced or inventive person ...
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How safe is it to mount a TV tight to the wall with steel studs?

If the TV will be on a pivot arm the answer is absolutely not. If it will be tight to the wall, as you say, and generally nobody will be physically handling the TV (tilting or moving, e.g. to plug in ...
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Used circle cutter in wrong place in drywall, best repair method?

Cut some short strips of plywood or even paneling (long enough to overlap both sides of the hole by a couple of inches). Don't cut your fingers off. Put the plywood strip(s) in the hole and position ...
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How do I reattach a shelf to the wall when it ripped out of the wall?

TL;DR If you mount the shelf supports directly to studs, do that. Just make sure to use long screws - at least 1" into the studs. There are two typical ways to attach a shelf (or heavy mirror or ...
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Considerations for hardwiring electronics project in wall

Not only will you need to get your local inspector's approval, in writing (and the inspector will defer to Underwriter's Laboratories or other NRTL, so we're talking about getting a UL listing for ...
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Safe to screw on a paper towel holder way above socket?

If you are concerned about the presence of wiring near where you are installing this, grab yourself a stud finder with "live wire" detection from your local hardware store. Entry level ...
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How safe is it to mount a TV tight to the wall with steel studs?

There's a few things in here so let's cover them one at a time Can I support a TV mount with only drywall? If we're talking a modern TV (i.e. a 2015+ 4k TV) then yes. I recently had my living room TV ...
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Can studs be 2-4 inches apart?

Yes. They can be however far apart the builder wants them. I have used 3-4 studs within 16" when doing bathrooms, high traffic corner, in bathrooms for showers... and have installed an extra ...
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Pulley setup to raise a laundry drying bar levelly

As both bib and Johnny have said, the simplest way to do this is to use two separate ropes. You can either manually pull on both ropes at the same time, or the ropes can be tied together prior to each ...
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Is 3/4" plywood sufficiently strong to mount an 85" television?

There are "three stud" TV mounts where the backing plate is wide enough that you can connect with at least two studs and then mount the TV exactly where you want, even if it isn't centered ...
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Can I hang a TV with one stud and drywall anchors?

Do not use drywall anchors to hang a TV that large on a swivel mount. If it was a mount that didn't have motion, I might say that's acceptable, but not with a swivel mount. You will need to use wood ...
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Can a toilet paper holder be mounted to the side of an MDF bath vanity?

It shouldn't be a problem. MDF doesn't have the best screw-holding strength, but TP holders are very light so it shouldn't be an issue. If you are concerned, you could put longer (1") bolts - not ...
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Coat hook rack above a wall with fuse boxes

In the US code prohibits the panel from being in the vicinity of easily ignitible material with clothes closets specifically listed NEC 240.24.D. So based on that I would say it's not a good idea.
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How safe is it to mount a TV tight to the wall with steel studs?

Metal studs? Welcome to the world of the "self-drilling sheet metal screw" Image from "Albanycountyfasteners.com" never heard of them, not associated in any way. You don't need ...
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Using a board when studs don't line up

You could also simply redrill new holes to match the framing. 2 or 3 new holes near the ones that are there will not weaken the bar. The holes look oversized for a range of fasteners, you could use ...
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How do I mount this towel rack that was ripped off the wall?

Get to the Studs Regular anchors are fine for an ordinary towel bar. But not for a grab bar. For regular anchors to work here, you would need to (a) patch the drywall, (b) install the towel bar with ...
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How do I mount this towel rack that was ripped off the wall?

This happens when bathroom fixtures are only fastened to drywall -- such fixtures are easily ripped out. If you have young children, they will be mysteriously compelled to swing like monkeys from ...
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Mounting TV on a weird wall that has some material between the drywall and stud

Trying to mount an articulating arm that is designed to mount to a single stud will not stand up mounted to that type of wall construction. Even with long lag bolts there is just too much chance that ...
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Can I mount a TV stand on drywall on only one stud?

I am going to guess that cabinet is 60" wide. Assuming your studs are 16" oc then you should have 3 studs in the wall behind the tv stand. Forget the pre-drilled holes your tv stand gave ...
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How to hang a ceiling fan in a metal gazebo

I would drill suitable sized holes and fit 4 or even 6 rivnuts in M6 or M8 size. Rivnuts are easily found and once the hole is drilled, you nut them up and they collapse on the far side like a rivet. ...
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Pulley setup to raise a laundry drying bar levelly

In theory, a perfectly balanced load and frictionless pulleys would result in a level rise. But lack of balance and friction are always with us. The simplest way to ensure a level rise is to use two ...
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Safe to screw on a paper towel holder way above socket?

I wouldn't worry too much. Modern electrical standards have wire stapled an inch and a bit back from the interior of the drywall. If your screws are less than 1.5" long, you shouldn't hit anything. If ...
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How do I secure a TV wall mount?

Now that I see your photo I'd do this differently. I'd install a vertical cleat just behind the faceframe on each side of the cabinet, maybe 1" back (the thickness of the plate plus 1/4"). I'd then ...
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How do we add structurally sound faux stud for a single stud TV mount?

A bunch of ways to do this. What I would probably do myself, which is not what you are currently planning, is: Cut a piece of plywood, probably 3/4" thick, 24" tall by ~ 20" (studs 16" apart) or ~ 28"...
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What's the mechanism to maintain this shelf stable

The general term for a hinge that allows something to move but keep the same orientation is a "pantograph hinge". The general term for that type of bed would be a "Murphy bed". The pantograph ...
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Is 3/4" plywood sufficiently strong to mount an 85" television?

Yes. 3/4" plywood is very strong, and if you use a sheet of sufficient size will provide very good support. Assuming 16" stud centers I suggest about 52"w by 16"h. This will give ...
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Can I route coaxial cable for tv through a gas fireplace?

DO NOT DO IT!!!! Chimney vents must not be compromised! All heat and gas related stacks must be left intact. No additional venting or other holes may be put in them. As the comments have noted, you ...
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