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Forum topic by Padre posted 01-13-2009 07:27 AM 1045 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Padre

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01-13-2009 07:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: screws hardware tools

Tonight I was at the local big box store looking for some fh wood screws. I couldn’t find some sizes, so I came back and looked online at Rockler’s and WoodCraft.

Is there a big difference in wood screws? There are square drive, torx drive, lubed and unlubed, fluted and unfluted, GRK screws, hi-lo screws, and on and on.

Are just ‘normal’ screws ok? Should one go with the more modern screws?

Thanks for your advice.

-- Chip -----------http://www.penmanchip.com-----------------Micah 6:8


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Moron

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#1 posted 01-13-2009 07:37 AM

Canadians rule the “screw” or how to “screw it” department….lol

Robinson screws, rectangular, even better if the corners are torqued. low root meaning skinny shank with shark teeth like deep threads…..........and they dont fall off the driver!!!!!!

That philips star shaped %$#@. is tortureous and the only thing worse is a “straight line”.

Perhaps if time were my friend I might have a different opinion.

Cheers

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 01-13-2009 07:41 AM

Go over to McFeeley's for the best source of info about all things screwy.
There are tons of little essays about what works best where and when in the catalogs too.

A major revelation for me was that there is such a thing as a hinge screw (Lee Valley Hardware), that give a better than fighting chance at securing hinges and seating in the countersunk holes flawlessly. Who knew, and why don’t they include them when you buy hinges?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 01-13-2009 08:03 AM

Padre, you don’t mention what your useing the screws for, or if they will be visible. I use alot of square drive decking screws because they are stronger than sheet rock screws, and square drives work good for me. If the screws are visible then sometimes I’ll go with a small headed square drive trim screw. If I’m restoring a piece of antique furniture that has a screw missing, I have a container of old slotted screws that I try to match one or more up with. I guess it all depends on what the prodject is.

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#4 posted 01-13-2009 08:07 AM

they do include the screws and I generally toss them into the metal re-cycling bin and find the ones I buy without the hinge that come with a square head (robinson)..........small shank, big thread

after driving millions of wood screws…..............I donknow whattosay

just my two cents

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 01-13-2009 08:09 AM

valid point there woodchucker

ya wouldnt want the whole thing to look %$#@ up, and value is so often placed on authenticity.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 01-14-2009 12:02 AM

Douglas…..........that’s a great site!! Thank you.

-- Chip -----------http://www.penmanchip.com-----------------Micah 6:8

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#7 posted 01-14-2009 12:04 AM

Woodchuck…yes, very true, it depends on the screw. I just got so frustrated last night at the local HD because their selection of screws was, well, screwy! I was looking for 8×2 1/2 fh and they didn’t have any at all. Nothing sized less than a 6. I was also looking for 2 1/2 inch eye bolts, again, no go, nothing less than a 4”.

-- Chip -----------http://www.penmanchip.com-----------------Micah 6:8

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#8 posted 01-14-2009 12:13 AM

Up here I can go to Home Hardware and find a much better range of screws than the box stores handle. The best is they are oten found in bulk.
For my main use stock I use Home hardware and next Lee Valley. A lot of screws today are made in China and many barely suit the purpose.
Mcfeely’s is a good place to shop if you hae a large order to offset shipping costs.
As in life, there is no such thing as cheap screw.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#9 posted 01-14-2009 12:19 AM

Bob2,
Ok, that made me laugh!!!!! :)

-- Chip -----------http://www.penmanchip.com-----------------Micah 6:8

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