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Forum topic by maplerock posted 11-17-2013 07:10 PM 854 views 3 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2013 07:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: help screw brass break off curse hinge source resource tip question

I frequently run short of #5 or 6 brass phillips wood screws for my hinges. I can buy the locally or at HD, but they are expensive. I bought several boxes with square head drive from McFeely’s, and they break off like crazy. That causes real problems. Once they are in and buried, and break… I can’t use that hole for my hinge.

Any good sources for bulk brass #5 screws? And… any way to get out broken screw tips once sunk?

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana


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#1 posted 11-17-2013 07:36 PM

www.mcfeelys.com
they are a great resource for fasteners… It has been about 3 or 4 hours since I placed an order with them. Their $1 shipping also makes it a good decision.

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#2 posted 11-17-2013 07:47 PM

Horton sells the best brass scews I’ve used. No matter what brand you use it’s best to use a steel screw first and then remove it and put in your brass screw,it also helps to put a little soap on the threads before putting the brass screws ,BTW don’t use screw guns to install brass screws. I’m sure you know all of this Jerry but I thought I’d let the people who haven’t used brass scews know a couple tips re brass screws.

http://www.horton-brasses.com/

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#3 posted 11-17-2013 07:49 PM

I use Small Box Hardware, but have been unhappy with the strength of the screws. I was breaking a lot of them. I switched to a bigger drill bit and that helped. I add a little thick CA glue to the hole just before I add a screw. If I break a screw, I have shaped an old pair of needle nose pliers to fit around the broken screw after I dig access around it. Then I add sawdust and CA glue and quickly put a new screw back in. The hinge hides the mess! I found a sale on hinge sets at Ace when they switched brands. I like the heavier hinges.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#4 posted 11-17-2013 08:04 PM

I buy my screws by the box from a local hardware store.

+1 on using a steel screw before driving in the brass one. I always do this and never break a brass screw. You can also use wax to lube the screw. I’ve used soap and wax and both work equally well.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#5 posted 11-17-2013 08:08 PM

a1Jim, sorry but I have to disagree with you on the use of soap on the screws, while it does make the screws easier to screw in, the soap itself will draw moisture and cause rusting of steel screws, and corrosion of brass, one of the best things to use is a wax toilet bowl ring, one with the plastic around the wax, just dip the screws into the wax to lube them. it takes very little wax on the threads

-- Smitty!!!

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#6 posted 11-17-2013 08:23 PM

Smitty
actually it’s been a some time since I’ve used soap and I too use a bee’s wax toilet ring .Although I did’nt not have the problems you descibe I do concede they are possible depending on the soap your using,I always used Dove which I think is not a true soap. Thanks for pointing that out.

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#7 posted 11-17-2013 10:11 PM

Buy them by the box of 100 at Ace.
Ditto on the steel screw first and the toilet ring lube.
Neat thing about the toilet ring; you can stick a bunch in the wax and have them handy and lubed as you need them.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 11-18-2013 12:36 AM

a1, soap/shower, wax/screw…no wait, wax/shower, soap/screw…I’m confused,how does it go? Soap is slippery…huh?

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know that.

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#9 posted 11-18-2013 12:36 AM

Jerry, run a steel screw, or a gimlet (http://www.garrettwade.com/set-of-gimlets-7/p/37J03.04/). This package of gimlets are one of thee best buys that I ever bought. They’re fantastic, and all your normal screw sizes. No more broken brass. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#10 posted 11-18-2013 12:39 AM

Roger, where’s the gimlet? Does soap attract water?

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know that.

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#11 posted 11-18-2013 12:47 AM

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know that.

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#12 posted 11-18-2013 12:53 AM

OK… now help me out. How do I use the gimlet while I’m on the toilet?

The gimlet looks promising. I have vix bits, and use them. BUT… if I gently screw in another brass screw only to have it break off… I am going to say a bad word!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#13 posted 11-18-2013 01:39 AM

I use brass plated steel screws with a square drive head and have never broken one. My choice of screw lubricant is beeswax…been using it since around 1960

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#14 posted 11-18-2013 01:49 AM

If you break one off, you could always go this route: http://toolmonger.com/2008/02/13/yet-another-fix-for-the-broken-screw-blues/. It does require a plug, but it will be covered by the hinge and screw and at least you can still use that spot.

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#15 posted 11-18-2013 02:59 PM

http://craft-inc.myshopify.com/products/2-wood-screw <<< This is where I get mine.

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