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Why was a screw hot after removal from a wall?

It's friction. If you hit a power wire, you'll know immediately as a circuit breaker will pop and there will be a very loud sound. Removing or installing a long screw in wood with a screwgun can ...
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How do I figure out what size drill bit I need to hang some ceiling hooks?

Here is a DIY method to determine the pre-drill size. Hold the screw and find a drill bit and hold it over the screw (parallel) that visually covers just the body (the inner part) of the screw. You ...
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I think my electrician compromised a loadbearing stud

That is a little rough. It's not a problem. Any stud is part of a system, which includes many other studs, wall plates, wall sheathing, the roof structure, etc. You could take just about any common ...
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What are these horizontal boards screwed to my garage wall studs?

No reason they have to be there. They were likely added for some sort of shelving or mount. Technically they do add some structural integrity as the framing of a house is quite flimsy without ...
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Can I setup new electrical combo panel on new retrofit wood?

The structural loads are already being carried. If all you need is a filler strip, a filler strip the length of the panel and thick enough to reach the corner stud is all you need, with a few screws ...
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Can I drill a metal plate next to my window?

From the picture, that's a strap -- fancy people would call it a stud plate tie ;) -- and it's no problem to drill through it.
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Why was a screw hot after removal from a wall?

If you shorted a circuit, check your circuit breaker to see if any of the breakers have been unexpectedly tripped. It's certainly possible you hit a wire, but if you hit a live wire, you would've ...
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Pancake Electrical Box Nailed To Wall

All you need to do is install one more fastener (i.e. screw), and the box will rotate no more, and be adequately secure for any reasonably sized fixture. So if you have any solid backing behind any of ...
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How should I mount objects on a garage firewall if I can't find studs?

To answer your specific questions: Where the hell are the studs in this thing? Use the old-fashioned stud finder: take a coat hanger wire and bend it at 90-degress. Make a hole, insert at least 10&...
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How can I mount a large TV over wall molding?

This doesn't need to be fancy or complicated. You just need standoffs that are large enough to not crush into the drywall. Simple 1x2 boards would do just fine. If that doesn't give you quite enough ...
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How should I mount a television on metal studs already bearing weight on the other side?

You seem to be under the impression that you're at risk of exceeding the vertical load capacity of an individual stud. You aren't. They're screwed top and bottom into channels (the equivalent of wall ...
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How do I figure out what size drill bit I need to hang some ceiling hooks?

Alternate "empirical" answer: take a drill bit that is about a quarter of the diameter of the largest part of the screw (either the straight part just under the head, or the threads ...
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Patch 4-inch gap between two uneven drywalls

A few options: A. Pad the closet wall out. Determine how much extra material has to be added to the left wall to make it flush with the room wall. If you're fortunate, one of the different available ...
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What did I hit drilling into my wall?

The reason this happened was because my drill was turning the wrong way. There is no metal object.
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How can I mount a large TV over wall molding?

If you anchor it solidly into studs, you can definitely shim it. I'd make two shims, as large as well fit in those gaps, just slightly proud of the trim. Then place a 1/2" plywood panel over it, ...
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Do all fasteners for a sliding door need to be in framing?

I would consider drilling extra holes to get screws into studs. Otherwise, you may have to bury "stretcher" wood between studs behind the drywall to allow for the factory holes to be used.
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Pull up bar mounted on a plank that's attached to a stud. How is this safer?

The 1" pine boards are only used to keep the steel brackets from digging into the drywall. They provide no strength at all. The 5" screws go about 2.5" into the studs. So, you would ...
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Bathroom fixture with no junction box, centered near PVC pipe

The vent pipe is smaller in diameter than the thickness of the stud. You should be able to mount the pancake box with a knockout toward the vent pipe side. Then have enough room to sneak the cable in ...
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Uneven wall studs impacting project to finish garage

Do not try to straighten studs by hammering them. Once sheathing is on the studs they cannot be straightened. Decades ago bowed studs were straightened by cutting a saw kerf or a notch in the outward ...
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How to replace blocking behind shower valve?

Use a chisel or drill to split the short block stub along the wood grain. It'll practically fall off the nails. I wouldn't think it would be that difficult to simply pry the block off the stud, though....
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How can I affix carpet to a vertical surface?

I wouldn't worry about the top. Cats have good balance, and a 4' fall isn't likely to hurt them. If they would really rather climb than jump... Carpeted "cat trees" often use staples, but ...
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How can I affix carpet to a vertical surface?

Personally, I would build a wooden frame that I could simply hang over the wall—think inverted U shape—and staple/glue the carpet to the frame. The frame would stay in place by means of gravity, ...
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Corner Reinforcement for Railing

You can sandwich a scrap of 1/2" plywood between two 2x4s, glue and screw them together and that will get you the required 3½". Seeing how you've got that wire to contend with it might be a ...
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Mounting Ikea Cabinet not able to mount directly to studs

If Ikea is close to where you are, get the suspension rail they make (SEKTION) for this application. You mount it to the wall so that it spans across the studs. Use toggle bolts on the ends if needed. ...
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Can this stud group be sistered?

That section looks too bad to sister. You'd want to remove that section up to the good wood and replace it with similar planks (they don't look like 2x4's) or some larger lumber.
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Locating studs behind cultured marble

If the wall in question is an interior wall, you could simply locate the bar in its optimum position (which may or may not be where a stud is), drill your holes, and drill all the way through to the ...
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Locating studs behind cultured marble

Sometmes you can find studs on the other side of the wall from the shower and you will at least know how many there are and approximately where they are. I find and use studs whenever I can, but I ...
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Locating studs behind cultured marble

Get a wicked* strong magnet. Like, really, really wicked strong, and go looking for screw-heads. Mark each one in pencil and connect the dots. *New England slang usage - emphatically really very...
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Uneven wall studs impacting project to finish garage

As others said you cannot straighten the old studs. I would sister in 2x6s next to the 2x4s. Hand pick the straightest you can find. Then as you install them you can control the flat plane that you ...
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How long do you overcut replacement studs on a load bearing wall?

You want them barely snug, but it depends on whether there's any give in the plates. 1/8" is too much if the plates are rigidly supported, and the stud will bow or you'll do damage to the plates ...
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