Hardware Fasteners

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Fastening Nuts and Bolts: The Basics

Nuts and bolts are the basic building elements that hold materials together.

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Using the Right Fasteners

From screws and nails to bolts and rivets, here's the details on how to fasten your projects together.

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Tips for Using Woodworking Clamps

Hold steady with these simple pointers for using wood clamps

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How to Remove a Pop Rivet

If you make a mistake using pop rivet, don't worry. Removing them to fix the problem doesn't have to be hard.

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Installing Wall Anchors Step-By-Step

Wall anchors are used to prevent damage to plaster walls when hanging heavy items like artwork or other

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Plastic Anchors

Save your drywall and your artwork with the right anchors.

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How to Anchor a Free Standing Cabinet to Drywall

The key is to use the right tool to look behind the drywall.

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4 Tips for Drilling Pop Rivets

They have a specific purpose and are very useful.

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Mistakes To Avoid While Using A Pop Riveter

Connect materials together securely with these tips.

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The Best Way to Install a Solid Rivet

Solid rivets work if you don't want to weld.

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How to Use a Pop Rivet Gun

The pop rivet gun has many useful applications.

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How to Remove Pop Rivets Without a Drill

Pop rivets are usually removed with a power drill, but what if one isn't readily available? A few other common tools can do the job!

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How to Remove a Solid Rivet

A solid rivet is a fastener.

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A Guide to Weight Limits for Toggle Bolts

Do you even lift? Learn the specific weight limits for various grades of toggle bolt.

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How to Use Molly Bolts

Learn about molly bolts so you never have to worry about hanging heavy objects on drywall again.

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How to Assemble Work Pieces with a Frame Clamp

In gluing picture frames, one type of clamp that is simple to work with and can effectively glue your frame pieces together is a frame clamp. However, these clamps work differently from other types of clamps so having the following information will help you to better able use them. Tools and Materials

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How to Drive Rivets with a Pneumatic Rivet Gun

Using a pneumatic rivet gun to drive rivets creates an automated fastening process that does not require a lot of energy. As long as the air pressure is adequate, there is no need to worry about making a lot of errors. In addition, the device has a few parts to maintain, making it a very effective fastening

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How to Remove Hanger Bolts

Hanger bolts are designed to have two threaded sides. One side has wood threads designed to be driven into wood, and the other side has machine threads designed for machine-threaded nuts. These fasteners are usually used to secure table legs, but are also commonly used for mounting objects on walls.

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How to Install Carriage Bolts in Metal

Carriage bolts are useful fasteners for metal and woodworking projects. The bolts are also known as plow bolts and are usually made of steel. They have a square spine and domed head. This ensures that the bolt doesn’t turn while you tighten the nut. The design of the bolt also allows you to tighten

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Cutting a Threaded Rod

Cutting a threaded rod is tricky especially if you want a smooth end. A well-cut threaded rod will enable the hex screws to turn cleanly towards the threads. This is the reason why it is important to know a few tips on how to properly cut a threaded rod. The old way of cutting a threaded rod is through

How to Install a Tubular Rivet

They can be made of steel, brass, or aluminum.

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Use A Stud Finder Properly

There will be several times when you will need to use a stud finder. Many of the home improvement projects

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Installing a Rivet Nut

Installation is a simple process with only a few basic tools

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Nails and Screws 101

The majority of DIY projects around the home will require the use of nails or screws at some point.

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How to Use a Pneumatic Rivet Gun

A pneumatic rivet gun fastens metal.

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Removing a Stripped Hex Bolt

A stripped hex bolt often puts a pause to the job at hand. You might have come across this problem and

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How to Install Shelves Using Drywall Anchors

Adding storage space to your room by installing a shelf is an easy task.

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How to Make Your Own Pipe Clamp

It's an invaluable tool for custom woodworking.

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Lag Bolts vs Carriage Bolts

They have different shapes and applications.

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How to Use a Rivet Nut Tool

A rivet nut tool will make sturdy installation jobs easier.

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How to Use Bar Clamps

Bar clamps are handy for light duty woodworking projects.

How to Identify Grade 8 Bolts

Grade 8 bolts are the strongest and most durable bolt fastener made. They are used in aerospace, military, marine, and heavy construction projects due to its medium-carbon alloy steel composition that has been quenched and tempered in order to achieve a high tensile strength of 150,000 psi.

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Choosing and Installing Wall Anchors

Wall anchors can help you hang things without a stud.

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How to Remove a Stubborn Wall Anchor

Don't yank the anchor out of the wall, leaving a giant hole.

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How to Install Plastic Anchors into Your Wallboard

Plastic anchors are used to support light loads.

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How to Repair a Broken Pipe Flange on a Toilet

A pipe flange is found under the toilet.

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Making Sure that Wall Anchors are Installed into a Stud

An essential part of hanging anything up on a wall.

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A Guide to Installing Toggle Bolts in Your Ceiling

You can hang all kinds of things from the ceiling with the right support.

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How to Use a Manual Pop Rivet Tool

Using a rivet tool is an easy task. With a few pointers, you'll be shooting rivets into metal in no time.

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How to Install a Front License Plate Holder With Pop Rivets

Use pop rivets instead of screws to insure your license plate is properly mounted to the frame.

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How to Install Hanger Bolts

Hanger bolts are a great way to install a safety railing.

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How to Measure Metric Bolts

Find out how you can measure metric bolts easily before you wind up lost on your next project.

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Installing Plastic Wall Anchors

When hanging something on a wall, ceiling, or door where there is no beam, it is important to use a plastic wall anchor to ensure the hung item is secure. There are a lot of options out there for plastic wall anchors and their screw counterparts, but this step-by-step guide will help you choose the right one for your special hanging needs.

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How to Remove a Concrete Anchor Bolt

Concrete anchor bolts are meant to stay put. However, you can remove them with some effort and these tips.

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How to Install Toggle Bolts

Toggle bolts are useful for hanging heavy objects on walls that do not have stud support. Install one with ease by using this guide.