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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is it easy to install a closet rod?

    Yes, you need to know the width of the closet, but most rods are expandable. However, it's best if you hit the stud. That way you can be sure it will hold lots of weight.

     

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • How do I get a bolt out if the head has broken off?

    Use a bolt extractor kit. It has a self-tapping head that will insert into the bolt. You can then use a power drill to turn the bolt extractor and remove the bolt.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Should I use a finishing nail?

    These are mostly for interior work when you would countersink the head and cover the nail hole.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • How can I square up my wooden screen door? It is rubbing on the sill.

    A screen door turnbuckle, applied diagonally, will raise the sagging edge.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Are the shelf support brackets used on RTA furniture all the same size?

    No, the most common size is 5mm, but there are many variations. If you can't find the right size, it may be easier to just drill the holes out a little larger to a size bracket that you can find.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • I am paneling my basement walls. What nail can I use to anchor furring strips to a concrete block wall?

    Masonry nails can do this job.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Are there screws that will not rust?

    Brass, aluminum and stainless steel screws should meet your needs.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What kind of hinge should I use to keep the lid open on my child's toy box?

    Use a lid support hinge.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • How do I select the right screw for my project?

    The type of screw you use depends on the material(s) you’re screwing:

    • Use wood screws for wood-to-wood fastening.
    • Use lag screws for wood-to-metal fastening.
    • Use sheet metal screws to fasten two thin pieces of metal.
    • Use sheetrock screws to fasten drywall to studs.
    • Use stainless steel deck screws for deck construction. Galvanized screws are also acceptable, but are more susceptible to weather.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Is there a nail I can use that is less likely to split my wood?

    Pointless nails protect against wood splitting because they cut through fibers rather than following the grain of the wood.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What is the difference between a single-cylinder and a double-cylinder deadbolt?

    A single-cylinder deadbolt is key operated from the outside while a double cylinder is key operated on both sides. They both have their advantages.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Why would I use aluminum?

    It is less expensive than stainless, but it is softer and not as strong. Aluminum nails are used for some specific applications. For example, they are good underwater. In general, stainless is the most popular.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Is there a difference between the steel wires, brass wires and copper wires used to hang pictures?

    It's really just a decorative choice.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What are the advantages of a carriage bolt?

    The square shoulder, sunk into wood, prevents the bolt from turning, and the round head gives a smoother finish.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What does a lock washer do?

    It helps to tighten the grip of the nut. If the screw needs to maintain lots of torque or if it's going to vibrate, you should consider using a lock washer.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Will a stick-on hook hold much weight?

    They are really only designed for towels and other lightweight items.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What can I use to anchor a drapery rod on drywall?

    A plastic anchor will support a lighter rod. Rods supporting heavier weights will need a molly wall grip.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • I had shelf support brackets that bent because there was too much weight on them. Are there stronger ones?

    Yes, there are heavier ones and some have angled pieces to support the top, which will almost triple their strength.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What type of hinge should I use when building a storage box, so that the top of the box can be opened?

    Use a piano hinge.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Which is a bigger nail - No. 6 or No. 8?

    No. 8 - the bigger the number the bigger the nail.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • How can I anchor something to concrete?

    There are anchors made that have a masonry drill bit on one end and a screw head (either Philips or regular) on the other end. The bit makes it easy for the masonry to accept the anchor. The screw head allows easy adjustment once the anchor is set in the masonry.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Why is there such a range in pricing for padlocks?

    Generally, more expensive padlocks are heavier and more durable. Both of those characteristics provide greater security.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What is a lag bolt?

    It is basically a large wood screw (with a pointed tip) and a hex head.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Should I use a galvanized nail?

    Galvanized nails resist rust, and you should use them whenever you are building a project that will be exposed to the elements. Aluminum nails are rustproof but must be thicker to prevent them from bending.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Do they make nails to match specific stains or species of wood paneling?

    Yes. Paneling nails come in a variety of colors and work with many different woods.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What is the advantage of cement-coated nails?

    Friction heat from driving the nail softens the cement coating and causes the nail to adhere to wood more firmly.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Is a toggle bolt a good choice for anchoring something to my wall?

    No, toggle bolts are designed for hanging things from a ceiling, where weight is distributed across the toggle. For a wall, it's best to use one of the newer kinds of plastic anchors. One has a self-drilling head that can be driven either with a screwdriver or a power tool.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • I need a glove to work in the yard.

    If you are using tools or equipment such as a rake, ax, shovel, lawn mower or string trimmer, you should consider a leather glove. It will offer comfort and protection while a standard canvas or cloth glove can be your choice if all you want to do is keep your hands clean.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What is the difference between a common nail and a smooth box nail?

    The common nail is thicker even though the nails have the same length.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What screw do I use to anchor a knob onto a drawer?

    If you do not have the knob to identify the size, it's probably an 8-32 screw. It may not be the right one, but it's the best guess that may keep you from making another trip.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • How do I select the correct screw and use it properly?

    Illustrated are the six types of common screws. These screws can be divided into two basic types: slot-head screws and Phillips-head screws. Both types of screws are available with flat, round, and oval heads.   

    Illustrated are how these three different types of common heads look when driven into the wood. The oval-head screw extends above the surface in a slight oval. The round-head screw protrudes above the surface in a half-circle. The flat-head screw is flush with the surface.   

    Type basic types of screwdrivers are needed for driving the different types of screws. The regular slotted screw has a slot in the head, while the Phillips-head screw has a cross slot. Always use the proper screwdriver for the screw you are using.

    Use the screw selection chart for selecting the correct size and length of screw for any job (see below). This chart is designed for flat-head screws but can be used for any type. The column on the right shows the size of the pilot hole to be drilled for starting the screw.



    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Information in this document has been furnished by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and associated contributors. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy and safety. Neither NRHA, any contributor nor the retailer can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • How long of a nail should I use?

    If the board you are fastening to another is not going to bear weight, it should be a half inch longer than the board is thick. If it is going to bear weight, it should be 2-1/2 times the thickness of the material to be fastened.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • How do I install a molly wall grip?

    Drill the proper size hole to insert the molly. Turn the screw head until you feel the molly expand and grip the drywall. Next, remove the screw for intended use. A drive-in type is available which eliminates the need for drilling a hole.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What do the numbers - such as 8-32 mean on a machine screw?

    The first number is the diameter. The bigger the number the bigger the screw. The second number is the number of threads per inch.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Is there a product that makes installing a strike plate easier?

    Yes. If you’ve installed a new door or doorknob and the tongue isn’t lining up perfectly with the strike plate, you can purchase an adjustable strike plate. Adjustable strike plates have the ability to slide backward and forward a few centimeters to allow your doorknob’s tongue to latch tightly.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • When should I use a polyester rope?

    Polyester twisted rope has strength similar to nylon but at the expense of a poor shock load capacity. However, it has a good resistance to abrasion and sunshine. It's a good choice for general-purpose boating applications.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • How do I install door hinges?

    • First, you need to decide whether your door will open to the left or right. That will determine your hinge placement.
    • Mark the spots where you want to install the hinges on your doorframe. (Most hinges are installed 5 inches from the top of the door and 10 from the bottom.)
    • Measure the same distances on the door itself and mark your doors for the hinges by tracing the outline of the hinges on the doorframe itself.
    • On your outline, place Xs where you’ll need screws.
    • Use a hammer and chisel along the outline of the hinge on the doorframe to create an impression of the hinge so that your hinge will lay recessed into the door facing.
    • Clear away any wood splinters.
    • Screw the hinge onto the door. (Do not over screw.)
    • Create a recession on the door using the same method if necessary. (Some hinges don’t require that both sides of the hinge are recessed. Check the instructions that came with your hinge.)
    • Insert the hinge pins (starting with the top) to hang your door.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • How do I install a toggle bolt?

    Drill a proper size hole and insert the bolt. Don't forget that you have to insert the bolt through the item you are fastening to the wall. Collapse the toggle and push the bolt through the hole until the toggle springs open. Now, tighten the bolt to complete the anchoring.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • I need some joist hangers.

    The most important factor is to make sure you buy the right joist hanger that fits the dimension of lumber are you using.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What is the meaning of USS and SAE as it pertains to bolts?

    USS are coarse threads, while SAE are fine threads.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What can I use to tighten up a sagging clothesline?

    A turnbuckle installed at one end permits you to tighten the line to the desired tautness.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What fixture can I use that will enable me to hang a picture straight?

    For lightweight pictures, a saw-toothed hanger on picture frames will permit you to adjust the picture on the nail.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • I'm going to nail a small piece of wood to something. What should I use?

    You can use small nails, called brads, but to help prevent the wood from splitting, you should pre-drill the holes.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Why would I use brass screws?

    Brass is also softer than and not as strong as stainless, and its main use is when you want the decorative look of brass.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • How strong a chain should I buy?

    Chains are all rated to their working loads. Welded chains have links that are welded to form a continuous loop and are the strongest. Weldless chains are formed by bending, twisting or knotting the metal to form individual loops. It's recommended for light work only.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What is the difference between a sheet metal screw and a wood screw?

    The main difference is a sheet metal screw has threads along its entire length. A wood screw has threads along about two-thirds of its length and costs a little less.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Do you have a caster that works better on a bed?

    Yes, a special bed caster has a wide wheel, which makes it easier to roll. Casters come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different weights.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What type of padlock holds up best in the weather?

    While brass padlocks will hold up better in the weather than standard ones, most people are happier with the plastic weatherproof casing. Obviously, the brass ones provide a decorative option.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Do you have a hinge that will fit my door?

    The best option is to bring the old hinge in. But as a standard, an exterior door uses a hinge that is 4' long with four holes on each side. An interior door usually has a hinge that is 3-1/2' long and has three holes on each side.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What do the marks on the head of a bolt mean?

    They represent the hardness of the bolt. No marks indicates the least hard, three marks is medium hardness and bolts with six marks are the hardest.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • I am building a swing. What type of chain do you recommend?

    Passing link allows the links to pass each other easily, which helps prevent kinking and tangling.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • I have a screw that has broken off. How do I remove it?

    You’ll need a screw removal kit. These are essentially drill bits that have a special tip that screw into the broken screw head and then screw it out. Drill the screw remover into the screw and then slowly unscrew the screw counterclockwise.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • I have a tarp that I want to tie down. What should I use?

    Kits are sold that include tarp clamps and elastic cords. For tarps that don’t have built-in grommets, they work very well. That said, installing grommets in a tarp with a grommet tool and then using those grommets with elastic cords is a much better and more permanent solution.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Can locks be rekeyed so that more than one uses the same key?

    As long as the locks are from the same manufacturer and use the same key blank, they can be set to receive the same key. This process requires a locksmith, which you can find at your local Westlake Hardware.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What features make a padlock stronger?

    The high-security padlocks often have cases that provide a collar around most of the shackle. That makes it harder to get bolt cutters on them.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • I have a bolt that is not threading in properly. Can I fix this?

    Yes, a thread repair kit allows you to rethread it.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Information in this document has been furnished by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and associated contributors. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy and safety. Neither NRHA, any contributor nor the retailer can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • Are there multiple door locks that require only one key?

    Some manufacturers sell sets of door handles and deadbolts that are both set to accept a single key.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

  • What do I use to hang a plant?

    For small to medium size hangings, there are kits that include a toggle and a decorative hook. These often have screws so that you do not have to use the toggle if you install it directly into a joist. For larger things, you may have to buy a large hook and toggle separately.

    Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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THE ACE REWARDS MAY SWEEPSTAKES (“Sweepstakes”)

Career Opportunities

The West Plains Grand Opening Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”)

SPRING ON-SITE SWEEPSTAKES (“Sweepstakes”)

Painting Like a Pro is All in the Prep

Winterize

Spring Your Lawn Back to Life

Colder Weather Increases Risk of Uninvited Guests in Your Home

Enhance Your Home This Spring With Foundation Plantings

Duct Tape Wallets, PVC Wreaths and Hex Nut Bracelets:

A Fresh Look for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City

Donor of the Month

Consumer Lifestyle Changes Prompt Growth Strategy Shift for Westlake

Awaken Your Home With New Paint Colors and Décor Trends

Mother’s Day is For the Birds!

Winter Weather is on the Way

Create a Garden that Welcomes Nature’s Most Beautiful Insects: Butterflies

Basic Lawn Care vs. Complete Lawn Renovation

Summer’s End Doesn’t Mean The End of Lawn Care

Winter Weather Preparedness

7 Easy Tips for An Autumn Paradise In Your Yard

The Art of Winter Grilling