I made a cherry chest and I'm finally putting the hardware on it. The
handles went on first. Bought them from Lee Valley and had no problems
Then I tried the hinges, Ives brand from Home Depot. The screws are CRAP.
I pre-drilled the holes to the size stated on the package. Three screws
broke and two heads stripped before they could break. I learned a lesson on
this buy. No more hardware from the big box stores.
Yeh, I drilled and soaped the screws and about half stripped. I wound up
using screws from other packages. When I returned the hinges without the
screw and started to explain, the cashier cut me off. Apparently she had
heard it all before.
So the hinges are ok, its the screws that are shitty. Seems like an
easy fix to me, buy them seperately & dump the ones that come with the
hinges. Good excuse to load up on a selection of decent wood screws<G>.
Edwin Pawlowski wrote:
It is too bad but HD is no longer a supplier of quality goods IMHO.
Strictly a commodity supplier these days, and that especially applies to
The recent 20% discount for power tools was attractive; however, the
acceptable choice of tools available was very limited.
Just my view point.
S/A: Challenge, The Bullet Proof Boat, (Under Construction in the Southland)
Hindsight is so comfortingly accurate, isn't it?
Just about the time when I think I'm ahead of the game, somebody comes up
with a newer, sleazier product and I have to make another trip to HD for the
fix that will make it work. "Travel twice, fit once."
"Grandpa" <jsdebooATcomcast.net> wrote in message
McFeely's is great for most stuff, but if you want real brass screws,
with the real look of brass, Jamestown Distributors:
No affiliation, just a satisfied customer
You have to predrill the holes and take your time and GO SLOWLY. Of course
having the right size screwdriver helps too. I do not mean this as being
smart aXX but I just installed about a hundred of those itsy bitsy screws
and none broke. If I felt one getting a bit tight, I stopped and backed it
out and drilled the hole a little deeper. Brass looks nice, and most of
these screws must be made out of aluminum, then plated. I just took my time
and they all went in with no problems.. I did run across the occasional
screw that had "flash" in the phillips slot. I chunked them and got a
replacement from the BORG...
I drilled pilot holes, used the right size screwdriver, soaped the screws
and went slowly. About half stripped out.
And none of them were aluminum. Why on earth would they use brass plated
aluminum! (ignoring the fact that you can't brass plate aluminum)
Yeah, I've found the same.
Keep in mind that HD didn't get to be where they are by selling
quality stuff. They got there by selling stuff cheap and often that
means selling cheap -- in every sense of the word -- stuff. I've
learned to look carefully at what I buy there if it's not a name
brand. And for most hardware I don't even bother looking at HD any
more because I've seen too much that was just plain crap.
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