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After failing to find a solution that would (1) look alright, (2) not devalue the house, and (3) be permanent, I looped back and looked to blackout curtains more. The solution I ended up with involved: Getting blackout roller shades cut to size, installing them myself. Buying floor-length blackout curtains and sewing magnets into the seams where they meet, ...


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I agree with isherwood. I've worked on a lot of houses (as an electrician). All I've ever seen used for hanging cabinets is what most people would call a drywall screw. They are actually quite a bit longer than the typical drywall screws, with some of them having a very small head. These screws are made of hardened steel, which makes them very strong; they ...


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Don't Replace, ADD Removing the screws is a lot of extra work, for no real benefit. In fact, you might even find that some of the old drywall screws snap when you try to unscrew them, and then you have no practical choice but to add other screws anyway, leaving the partial screws in the studs. Just add proper cabinet screws. Depending on the layout, you ...


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Any generic gold construction screw will do in wood framing. #9 x 3" are a common size for that purpose. If you have metal studs you'll need a fine-toothed screw. Torx-head screws are the easiest to drive, but Phillips are fine if you use a fresh driver bit and good technique. While I don't recommend black oxide screws for load bearing applications, ...


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There are screws designed for hanging cabinets, they are called cabinet screws. Some have more attractive heads, if that is important to you. You need to hit the studs. Hopefully, the existing screws hit the studs. Assuming that you have wood studs, if you have metal studs, you will need advice from someone else. An impact driver is very useful when driving ...


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With proper anchors 3 studs are fine. One #10 wood screw penetrated 1" into cedar (the least quality of commercial lumber) will resist pull out of about 90 lbs, into most typical framing studs (with a specific gravity greater than 0.45) will hold 150 lbs.


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