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Forum topic by Jack Lewis posted 10-29-2017 08:44 PM 853 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jack Lewis

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10-29-2017 08:44 PM

What is the consciences of opinions reusing faceplate screws? Twice? Multi times? I use #14 hex head metal screws driven with 5/16” driver. Do they become brittle when driven?

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Carloz

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#1 posted 10-29-2017 08:48 PM

I also straighten nails that I pull out of pallets.

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#2 posted 10-29-2017 08:58 PM

I often reuse sheet metal screws with my face plates, think have #10, #12, and #14 screws.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 10-29-2017 09:41 PM

I use #12 sheet metal screws. I usually use face plates in conjunction with a glue block, so the screws stay in the face plate for several projects … I only replace them when I put on a new glue block.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 10-30-2017 01:26 PM

I use #12 hex head. The #14 seems a little large to me. Do I reuse them? Yep, never had one break and have been using the same “sets” for about 10 years. Made up sets of 8 of about five different lengths.

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#5 posted 10-30-2017 01:50 PM

I guess I never really had a conscience about the reuse of screws. I guess I should’ve been more aware of their feelings about it. From the responses of the other people in this thread, I would say the “consensus” is that you can use them as many times as your conscience allows.

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#6 posted 10-30-2017 05:21 PM

Unless you hit it with a tool absolutely nothing. Each screw will take over 2000 lbs in shear (sideways) load so three can lift a car with room to spare. In tensile (pulling) you can’t put on enough load going into wood to even stretch it. Same with fatigue. You’ll ruin the drive slots before you damage the actual screw. Unless you hit it with a tool.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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