Brass Screws that come with Box Hinges

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Forum topic by interpim posted 05-30-2011 04:31 AM 1335 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-30-2011 04:31 AM

So, today I was putting hinges on a box, and as usual I came pretty close to stripping the head out of the little brass screws that come with them.

I know a lot of folks will get a steel screw the same size/threading as the brass ones, drill a pilot hole, and tighten then remove the steel screw in every hole.

Now wouldn’t it be nice if the manufacturers of these actually sent you the required amount of brass screws and 1 steel screw. It would make it so much easier than trying to find the right one in your big bucket of screws!

But, I think I am past those type hinges now… From now on I’m getting barrel hinges LOL… no screws!!!

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 05-30-2011 07:02 PM

Those weak brass screws a a real pain. I can’t count the number I’ve broken over the years but I know it I don’t have enough toes or fingers :-)

I like your approach to the manufacturers. I’m wondering if it is even possible to contact the manufacturers and ask them this question. I know they are making themselves more and more insulated from the world everyday with their multi-level menu systems and such. I guess they are meeting their goal of making your give up before you wear out the keys on your phone. :-(

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#2 posted 06-01-2011 03:37 AM

I install a lot of hinges using small brass screws. I predrill all the holes and use an inpact driver to intall the screw using a #1 phillips tip. Never strip any.

-- Website is No PHD just a DD214 and a GED

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#3 posted 06-02-2011 12:02 AM

I have also pilot drilled the holes, however, I also used bees wax for lube.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#4 posted 06-02-2011 01:25 AM

I agree with Arlin.

You can use bar soap.
You can use a wax ring, from a toilet.
You can buy the stuff called Akempucky.

But you should use something, on pretty much ANY fastener you’re using. Fewer stripped threads. Fewer broken heads. More life out of your screw guy batteries, since it takes less torque to drive a lubed screw.

-- -- Neil

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