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How to Extract a Stripped Screw

Start with the simple solutions, then intensify as needed.

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Surprising Uses for Drywall Screws

Check out these DIY hacks for a common piece of hardware!

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Nail and Screw Sizing Fact Sheet

The following nail and screw size chart will help you pick what size screw to use, as well as what type of nail, for fastening jobs.

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A Primer on Screws and Screw Driving

Screw heads are usually flat, oval or round.

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4 Popular Types of Screws

Brush up on the different kinds for your next project.

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Finish Screws

Finish screws are specially made screws that sit flush or below the surface of the material it is being

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4 Tips for Drilling a Lag Screw

If you’re anchoring a structure but find yourself unable to use concrete, then learning more about lag screws will help.

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How to Correctly Use Sheet Metal Screws

Originally designed for metal, sheet metal screws have numerous uses. No matter what you use them for, this guide will ensure you do so correctly.

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Lag Screw or Bolt

Hanging up your own porch swing is very easy as long as you have access to a lag screw or bolt. These

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How to Replace Stripped Deck Screws

Stripped deck screws cannot be removed with ordinary screwdrivers and therefore should be removed using a different technique. When replacing deck boards, it is necessary to remove the old screws and replace them with new ones as the new boards are installed. Sometimes, the deck screws also need to be

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How to Cut Suspended Ceiling Tiles

When installing suspended ceiling tiles, you will come to a point where you will need to cut some parts in order to make them fit into the ceiling space. This is especially evident when you get nearer the wall during installation. In order to fill up the ceiling perfectly, some of the suspended tiles

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Corner Block Crown Molding Installation Tips

Corner block crown molding installation is an easier alternative to having to do the corners of your moldings yourself. It actually lessens the hassle of getting the perfect cuts in order to achieve smooth corner connections. However, you also have to take some things into consideration when installing

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How to Replace Trim Molding Easily

You may need to replace trim molding as mouldings get weathered because of heavy rains. Replacing job is not a tough one, if you know the steps. Tools and Materials Needed: Trim molding Electric saw Measuring tape Pry bar Hammer Finishing nails Caulking Channel locks Razor knife Protective eyewear

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How to Install a Door Header

A door header is a critical component of the door frame which supports the structures above the door. The header is normally installed while building the frame of the house. When new doors are installed, new frames need to be installed along with the header. Installing the header is an easy task if the

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How to Frame a Door Header Properly

In do-it-yourself projects such as building an addition to your home or remodeling where you will be cutting in a new door, you will need to build a door header. Not only will the header provide needed support to the door that hangs on it, but to the structure above it. In some situations, the wall into

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Cutting Mitered Joints for Trim Molding

Trim molding is an essential part of interior design, since it can hide rough edges and corners of walls and floors. In order for these to be formed and connected together at the corners, they have to be mitered at 45-degree angles for them to match smoothly and cleanly. This gives off a better interior

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How to Repair a Gap in Wooden Exterior Trim

Gaps that occur on exterior trim are often caused by many things such as shrinkage due to temperature change, faulty installation and wood rot or decay. In any case, if left unattended, these gaps could further increase the damage to your trim and cause you more money and headaches. Materials Stiff

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Tips for Cutting Crown Molding Properly

Cutting crown molding yourself is a task which you should try to master, so as to avoid having to pay a professional. Crown molding is gaining popularity in modern design. Apart from the traditional wood, there are also the less expensive and more flexible materials such resin, polyurethane and polystyrene.

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Repairing Weather-Worn Exterior Trim

If you have exterior trim that is made out of wood, you may occasionally need to make repairs. This isn't a difficult job if you do it in a timely manner and don't wait until the wear is severe and requires a high level of carpentry skills to repair. You Will Need Bondo repair adhesive Putty knife Wood

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Screws and Screwdrivers

Screwdrivers are self-explanatory. They are used to drive in and remove screws. Too often they are wrongly

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Choosing the Right Screw

By Murray Anderson When you walk down the aisles at your local home store, do you ever wonder why they

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How to Replace Stripped Door Hinge Screws

Here are some hacks to handle this hassle.

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Most Common Metric Bolt Sizes

The International System of Units (ISO) in 1960 is metric and was one of many attempts this century to

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Tips for Installing Self-Tapping Screws

A self-tapping screw is a fastening device that secures almost anything to metal through the use of a

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6 Tips for Drilling Wood Screws

Wood screws, specifically to be used with wood, create a stronger bond that lasts longer than generic screws. Here are six tips when drilling them.

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4 Tips for Removing Wood Screws

It's time to take out those wood screws you worked so hard to secure.

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How To Choose The Right Bolt

There are a number of different bolts and nuts on the market, each designed for specific applications. Common

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How to Remove a Broken Concrete Screw

Breaking off a screw in the wall is annoying but amazingly enough, you should be able to remove a broken

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How to Use Masonry Screws

Masonry screws are used to fasten fittings to masonry or concrete. They are used in conjunction with

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4 Tips for Removing Drywall Screws

Drywall screws are very useful things. Not only can you use them for their main purpose, but they’re

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Purpose and Use of Elevator Bolts

An elevator bolt is a bolt that has a wide flat disc type head and a square standard bolt head directly

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Determining Countersink Screw Hole Size

Many people will countersink a screw when they want to hide the screw head or want a flush finish. Some

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How to Decide what Length Lag Screw You Need

A lag screw is used to bond two or more pieces of lumber and enhance the structural strength of log cabins

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Removing Broken Deck Screws

Broken deck screws should be removed and replaced to ensure the deck boards are properly secured. These

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Removing a Countersunk Screw

A countersunk screw is an important part of all carpentry jobs and other do-it-yourself projects involving

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How to Remove Tamperproof Screws

Tamperproof screws are designed to be nearly impossible to remove by unauthorized people and to deter

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Lag Screws vs Wood Screws

Lag screws are also known as lag bolts and are typically a larger type of screw used to secure heavy

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Tips for Plugging a Countersunk Screw

A countersunk screw is used in woodworking, primarily when making furniture. You may also find it used