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Do I have to secure an IKEA TV stand to the wall?

No, nothing to do. If you download the assembly instructions for MOSJÖ you won’t see anything about a bracket for attaching the item to the wall, and there isn’t one included in the package.
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Do I have to secure an IKEA TV stand to the wall?

"Why do I have to attach IKEA furniture to the wall specifically? No other furniture seller requires this." This is because of IKEA's iconography in the minds of the public. If you buy a locally ...
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How do I remove these Ikea screws? (studs inside holes)

I would apply a high-strength thread-locking adhesive (e.g. loctite 270) to the inside of the head, reattach the head to the threaded rod (AKA stud), wait many hours, remove bolt. LOCTITE 270 is a ...
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Ikea bookshelf is wobbly after assembly. How can I stabilize it?

That back panel is not decorative, it is a vital part of the structural integrity of the whole cabinet. Have you actually nailed it in? It is fiddly to do so, but it is what is supposed to stop the ...
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Do I have to secure an IKEA TV stand to the wall?

Perhaps not, but recognize the risks. A few years ago, there were several tragic accidents where young children were crushed by Ikea furniture. Since then, Ikea has issued recalls and safety warnings,...
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How to put the washers on the screw

The "rings" you mention are commonly called "washers". It's hard to tell from the photo, but I believe the "incomplete ring" you mention is a "split" or "spring" lock washer: If that's the case, ...
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Ikea bookshelf is wobbly after assembly. How can I stabilize it?

It looks like you may have damaged the side panel here: That may make it difficult to tighten the side panel to the bottom shelf and leave the whole thing a little wobbly. If you're very careful, you ...
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How to combine flat and split lock washers on a bolt

They gave you four lock washers instead of 4 locking nuts. No problem. Install the bolts as shown in the instructions. Then install a flat washer on each bolt followed by a lock washer and then the ...
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How do I remove these Ikea screws? (studs inside holes)

I have that exact same couch, and the solution is pretty simple: Just ignore it at first. I had to take it apart as well - I didn't even notice that some of the heads came off until I got further down ...
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Do I have to secure an IKEA TV stand to the wall?

I have put a lot of these IKEA TV stands together for people and always suggest that they let me secure them to a wall. The old style TVs were so heavy that the stands were absolutely going no where ...
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How do I remove these Ikea screws? (studs inside holes)

I'm not sure why you need to remove them but I suspect if you screw two nuts together on each screw, tighten them against each other, and then put a wrench on the lower nut (the one closest to the ...
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What is the name of this combination of screw and rotating metal piece that locks it?

That would be the cam lock nut and cam screw fastener. They are commonly found in DIY assembly products sold by various retailers including IKEA. According to a recent post I've read IKEA may be ...
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Rubbered Washer Nuts Direction?

Please post a picture of the item. If you're talking about Nylock style nuts where the element is to prevent the nut from vibrating loose: The metal thread goes on first. If you're talking about a ...
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How can I cover the unfinished edge of particle board?

I'd still take it apart, but I understand your reluctance. What you need is "edge banding tape". You should be able to find it online in black. (The big box stores don't usually have a good color ...
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How to combine flat and split lock washers on a bolt

Put the flat washer on first then the split lock washer and finally the nut.
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Ikea bookshelf is wobbly after assembly. How can I stabilize it?

By the bulge shown in the joint, you did not have the surfaces tight when you screwed them together and damaged the joint surfaces. Not easy to rectify that now, except by adding metal angle brackets ...
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How do I remove these Ikea screws? (studs inside holes)

You need to start with undoing step 12, that is slide the shortest armrest along the threaded rods. Same goes with step 4. It seems that the heads you've removed are the only thing actually holding ...
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IKEA Billy DIY bookcases without bolting in a wall. Is it a good idea/safe?

Screwing to the wall has nothing to do with capacity Think about it. The furniture isn't necessarily directly against the wall, and a screw or very thin bracket reaching across some distance isn't ...
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How to remove a screw inserted from the wrong side in an IKEA ALEX drawer unit?

As you turn the screw to unscrew it, press on the "point" of the screw to counter the force on the screwdriver trying to push the screw back into the drawer runner. That should allow it to unscrew.
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Anyone please tell me what kind hinge (name of the hinge) used in this product?

Hinges what kind hinge (name of the hinge) used in this product? That looks like simple pin (perhaps steel) in a drilled hole and a couple of spacers (perhaps plastic). I don't know of a specific ...
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I'm assembling a swing set, having issues keeping it square

If the issue is a flat place to put it, see Kyle B's answer. If the issue is squaring the individual parts into one of these frames, cast your mind back to geometry, and make the diagonals equal ...
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Ikea bookshelf is wobbly after assembly. How can I stabilize it?

Attach the top to the wall with a metal bracket. That will also prevent it from falling over. Most shelving units from Ikea come with instructions and the needed hardware for wall anchoring:
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How do I remove these screws from an IKEA Micke table?

Finally! after much swearing and screaming it worked! This did it for me! First make sure that it is not in a locked position (ie remove or lift the bolt attached to the side if any). Then simply ...
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How do you pry apart pieces stuck together by cam screws?

There is a clearance hole for the screw portion. The pieces slide together and it is the cam that locks it. There may also be some dowels or metal pins for additional strength. If it won't come ...
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Do I have to secure an IKEA TV stand to the wall?

If you have young children in your house I'd fasten it to the wall. Ikea started providing this as a standard after a child died after tipping over a piece of their furniture. If you don't have ...
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Do I have to secure an IKEA TV stand to the wall?

The IKEA piece in question would have come with a small metal bracket with screws. One arm of the bracket attaches to your furniture and the other arm has a largish hole in it which you have to figure ...
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I'm assembling a swing set, having issues keeping it square

Big clamps are hugely helpful in situations like these. https://www.harborfreight.com/60-in-aluminum-f-style-bar-clamp-60673.html And 90 degree clamps too... https://www.harborfreight.com/corner-clamp-...
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How to drill a table top without drilling through it?

There are drill stops that are available that clamp to the drill bit or other stops that mount on the drill as an attachment. For little jobs like that I have always found that some tape wrapped ...
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IKEA Billy DIY bookcases without bolting in a wall. Is it a good idea/safe?

I have 7 Billy cases with extensions around the house. They are not bolted and full of books. Feels perfectly safe, but it may be just me - the huge believer in Darwinism. If you don't trust household ...
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IKEA Billy DIY bookcases without bolting in a wall. Is it a good idea/safe?

They can be used without bolts as long as no one is trying to climb the front of the bookcase. Something which greatly correlates with the amount of children in the vicinity
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