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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    The title may say it all as this is new territory to me. Live in Florida, 2016 home, concrete block - standard Florida issue and build. West exterior wall has concrete pads where AC and pool equipment are anchored. Sun stresses everything here, and 4 year old pool equipment is taking a beating...
  2. Drywall & Plaster
    Hi there! I was hoping someone would have some answers to a problem I incurred while trying to install shelves into drywall: I have three shelves that I'm trying to hang up above my closet doors. Each shelf is about 50 inches in length and weighs less than 5 pounds, and I expect each shelf to...
  3. Drywall & Plaster
    My parents live in an old house with lathe and plaster walls. They have an unused chimney coming up through their living room. This chimney is covered directly with plaster-no convenient studs to work with. Here's my problem: I would like to mount a mantle on this wall. While it's not...
  4. General DIY Discussions
    I'm trying to use molly bolts to hang a guitar on a wall. I've done this exact thing several times before with no issue. This time something's different. I drilled two holes in the wall, then hammered the molly bolts into the wall. The end is now flush with the wall. The next step should be to...
  5. General DIY Discussions
    Hi all, DIY novice here. So I drilled a 3/8in hole through my drywall so I could fit a 1/8in x 2in toggle bolt through it. However, there is not enough empty room behind the drywall to allow the 2in-long non-pointy screw that comes with the toggle to go all the way into the wall, or for the...
  6. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi All, I'm planning to build a 10'x10' shed atop of an existing concrete pad. The pad was poured for the shed and is 10x10 in size, but bolts were not added during the pour. So, I'm seeking advice for methods of securing the sill plate to the concrete pad. Any ideas, recommendations, etc...
  7. Carpentry
    I'm installing a stairway handrail onto a half-inch-plaster surface using brackets. There are unusually wide studs in the basement stairwell for some reason, so the screws in a 3-hole bracket will all go into the stud with no problem. And the studs are very deep, so I will be able to penetrate...
  8. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Which concrete anchor is certified for an (cedar) fence post? I would like to eliminate the contact between soil and wood. But the anchors I found, aren't certified for a fence post installtion.... Thanks! Matt
  9. Building & Construction
    Okay... I'm nearly finished with my latest project: a patio, deck, and pergola over both. My latest dilemma is that the pergola posts are slightly wobbly. I set the 4x4 posts on an U-shaped anchor, attached with nails and lag screws. The anchor is attached to a j-bolt embedded concrete, which...
  10. Painting
    I'm a newbie at this.. so bare with me. I've decided to paint my bedroom. I took down my curtains and curtain rod, and then realized that the screws and anchors holding up the curtain rod were starting to pull out of the wall (My apt. is very old, and the walls are quite crumbly from all the...
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