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How can I get a bolt with no head out of my wall?

This is a job for vise grips. What I would do is file the bolt flat on two sides. Don't take off so much that you significantly compromise its strength - just flatten the threads. These flat sides ...
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How do I drywall when the studs are not flush?

The difference appears to be about 1/4" to 3/8". If so, I'd fur it out with some 1/4" plywood strips or some 3/8" lath strips.
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Do studs in wooden buildings eventually get replaced as they lose their structural capacity?

No. Wood frame construction is generally done for rigidity not strength. You can climb a tree and have the branches deflect significantly before they break - the strength is fine - if you build a ...
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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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Will removing shelving screws from studs damage the studs?

As long as they are normal screws and you unscrew them they won't compromise the studs or their integrity. If you rip the screws out (with a hammer for example) that could compromise the studs. If ...
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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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How can I get a bolt with no head out of my wall?

Say you try one of the other proposed approaches in the other answers and the screw is just stubborn and more of the shaft keeps snapping off... Consider that you might not need to remove the screw at ...
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What is the purpose of this joint in my wall stud?

Those are called "finger jointed studs". These joints are weaker than regular 2x4 or 2x6. I do a lot of woodworking and when gluing boards together (for like a table top) the glue joints ...
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What do I need for a wall shelf that will support an aquarium?

Another thought you may not have considered - theres a door there that opens toward the shelf. Please fit a permanent floor-mounted doorstop so it can never ever swing open and hit the shelf. The ...
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Will removing shelving screws from studs damage the studs?

I think your husband just wants the shoe bins to remain where they are and doesn't want to buy new ones.. LOL. Removing the screws will not damage the studs even if they were load bearing. Patch the ...
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What do I need for a wall shelf that will support an aquarium?

Those brackets are barely adequate for your purpose. They may flex and even collapse under that load. At best you'll probably have a sloping shelf. You need heavy brackets with diagonal bracing, ...
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Multiple holes in exterior wall studs for electrical wiring

Looks like a standard install. You can only run so many wires in a hole without de-rating the circuit capacity. The holes are set back at least 3/4" from the stud surface, add 1/2" for drywall and ...
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Is straight lumber a thing of the past?

You can find “straight grain” lumber, but most people don’t know how to order it and most “yards” (Home Depot, etc.) won’t order a small amount (half units, etc.). Lumber is divided into three “Grades”...
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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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Is straight lumber a thing of the past?

I've worked through hundreds of units of framing lumber over the last 30 years, and the difference between big box lumber and "lumber yard" lumber is insubstantial, on average*. In fact, it'...
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How can I get a bolt with no head out of my wall?

I would just clamp my drill's chuck on that puppy and spin it out.
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Hang 20lb projector screen on Hardieplank

Mount a board on the wall and then mount the screen on the board. Get an 8 foot cedar or pressure treated 2x6, you can then use timber screws to mount it to the wall insuring you hit the studs. You ...
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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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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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What is this orange yellow substance on my wooden studs inside walls?

You are looking at tree sap. It's harmless. It's dried out so if it's gonna cause you to lose sleep at night, just scrape it off with a chisel.
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How can I get a bolt with no head out of my wall?

Another possible strategy; if you can get 2 nuts onto the threaded bar and turn them against each other they will practically lock into each other, this should allow you then to use a regular spanner, ...
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What is the concept behind drywall studs?

There is a ton of information and history out there. Studs are strong pieces that are the internal structure of your walls. They are covered by some type of material (the "skin") that is what you ...
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What do I need for a wall shelf that will support an aquarium?

My take is in the middle between isherwood's and Machavity's. The brackets you reference may be rated for the load, but my experience with them is that they can flex and sag under a load, so the ...
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What's the difference between "Framing Lumber" and "Framing Studs"?

Studs are cut to length at the mill so you can build your 8’ walls without cutting the ends off the top and bottom plates with studs make a quick tilt up wall, the rest is true 8’ 10’ 12’ . Note if ...
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Help identifying pieces in ambiguous wall anchor kit

OK, the yellow anchors do not go into the studs. They can be used in drywall, brick, masonry, etc when the proper size hole is drilled. Those big threaded anchors are for drywall. They have a sharp ...
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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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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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Do studs in wooden buildings eventually get replaced as they lose their structural capacity?

The only case of having to replace studs and such I’m aware of is from termite/dry rot damage. A number of years ago, my 2-story California home was to be painted. Before starting, the contractor went ...
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How can I get a bolt with no head out of my wall?

Some of the other answers are worth trying but IMO a 1/4" lag bolt embedded 5 inches in wood, presumably without a pilot hole, and tightened to the point the head broke off is not coming out with ...
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