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#1 posted 02-19-2012 04:11 PM

GRK makes a good screw, they are called a torx drive and take the regular torx bits. I have replaced almost
all my screws with the torx type. When I put my front deck in I used the special coated torx screws for the
pressure treated frame work, and the only reason I used two bits for 1/4 keg of screws was because I
dropped and lost the first bit. The bigger torx screws, up to 7” & longer, might require an impact driver,
but most drive easily with my cordless Milwaukee 1/2” drill. I used the stainless torx screws made for Trek
decking, but I did have to drill a small pilot hole to get them started, my hands had a tough time holding
them steady enough to get them to start themselves in the Trek deck. So far I have not found a good
source for torx bronze screws, so I use the square drive bronze on my lathe face plates. While the GRKs
are expensive, they are available at Ace Hardware also, there are a few companies following their lead and
the price may drop somewhat.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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