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Forum topic by shipwright posted 01-20-2016 10:56 PM 2855 views 0 times favorited 68 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 01-20-2016 11:08 PM

Your list is much longer than my list of what I like about normal slotted screws. Phillips are a cut above them, if the cuts into the head are made well with good, sharp edges. This also requires a good quality screw driver to mate with the the screw head.

I opt for square drive screws whenever I can. The “combo square – Phillips” types are next in line.

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#2 posted 01-20-2016 11:10 PM

Everything until my helper strips them out.

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#3 posted 01-20-2016 11:14 PM

Use an impact driver, and you won’t hate them nearly as much.

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#4 posted 01-20-2016 11:47 PM

and if want some good reading on screw heads!!!

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#5 posted 01-20-2016 11:47 PM

Do you hold the screw with needle nose pliers when you start them with an impact driver?
I’m spoiled. I expect to be able to stick a screw on the driver bit and have it stay there.
I buy the combination square/ Phillips when I can find them or the star drives which I quite like but when it comes to small sizes here in Green Valley Az. It’s Phillips or nothing.

Today I was installing full extension drawer slides with 1/2” pan heads. I got to spend all afternoon installing four drawers. With Robertsons it would take a half hour …. maybe.

Rant, rant, ....

The list could actually have been longer but the other points would have been nothing, like the first four.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#6 posted 01-20-2016 11:50 PM

I love that more fastener companies are producing the torx head. that is what i love about phillips head

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#7 posted 01-20-2016 11:51 PM

I really love small stainless Philips screws

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#8 posted 01-21-2016 12:08 AM

Hate phillips, love only slotted screws in furniture making.

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#9 posted 01-21-2016 12:09 AM

Most of the screws I use are Phillips, not because their better, just old habits I guess. I use the mag tips and the screws don’t fall off but putting in drawer guides the screw will sometimes magnate to the side of the screw hole on the metal guide. I’m hoping all afternoon to put in 4 drawers is an exaggeration. (with any screw.) Slotted head with a screw driver wouldn’t take that long. ;)

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#10 posted 01-21-2016 12:13 AM

Another one for Torx!

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#11 posted 01-21-2016 12:30 AM

I agree, your list is too long, Paul :-) Add the words “solid brass” to the mix, and your list gets much shorter.

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#12 posted 01-21-2016 12:45 AM

I switched to Torx and they’re the best IMO. I almost never strip them out.

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#13 posted 01-21-2016 12:53 AM

They’re not the perfect answer, but I use a bunch of them with little problem. Magnetized drivers help, and I can get them in every size I need and they’re cheap. You are old enough to remember straight slotted screws for most applications. Now those were a pain, but I still am trying to use up here and there ones I “inherited” from my Dad, that were left over from his woodworking business from the 50’s to the 70’s They work too. waste not, want not….........

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#14 posted 01-21-2016 01:02 AM

I get’em from McFeeleys & don’t even think of a local store for them… :)

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#15 posted 01-21-2016 01:05 AM

I find it rather interesting a ship wright would like anything but slotted screws! Restoring an old wood boat and trying to remove a lot of non slotted screws is difficult at best. However there is no denying installing slotted screws takes a lot more time if using power drivers. For those folks that don’t know the obvious, brass, bronze and stainless screws used in boat building cannot be held by magnetic tip drivers. Many ship wright’s use the brace and bit for driving and removing slotted screws for speed and torque. (Many prefer slotted screws because the slots can easily be cleaned of built-up paint, varnish and even epoxy.)

Now we all know that most woodworking is a lot different than boat building. When I build anything but a boat or outdoor wood project, I use Torx, Robertson or Phillips head screws. Slotted screws in my opinion are only good in projects that you expect to disassemble at some point.

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