Okay, I see enough comments about quality screws that I will upgrade.
Probably will try out the McFeely's since several support/recommend.
But I'm continuing for now with the screws I already have (impatience - want
to make some progress this weekend). I increased the pilot hole to 1/8" and
I was 6 for 6 getting them in. Actually I was 7 for 7. I stripped one
before it was all the way in, but was able to get it out and its replacement
went in without issue. So yes, I definitely see the value in switching to
the square head in the future.
Thanks for all of the advice.
Looks like you've solved it. For what it's worth, I hold the screw up to the
light and pass drills in front of it till I get one a gnat's whisker smaller
than the core of the screw thread. For brass screws in hardwood I was tought
to put in a steel screw of the same size first to tap the hole. A bit of
candle wax on the thread helps.
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There certainly is a difference in screws, but as in all things there's more
than one way to skin a cat. You've figured it out by going to a slightly
larger pilot hole, and all is well. As long as your wood screw drove its
way in (which is obviously did given a stripped screw head), you're good to
go. Higher quality screws aren't going to add anything to the project.
Good lesson in this - you don't always have to go to that higher quality
solution - just figure out how to make what you have work properly and move
very strange, unless you're using really cheaply made screws or way
I use mostly sheet rock screws, which are a "no-no" because they're
rarely broken one, if anything, the head strips and I change the
1) Pilot hole size needs to vary with hardness of wood
2) A non-power screw driver will give much better control
of the process.
The best way I know of running in a screw with power, speed and
control is a screwdriver in a brace (as in brace-and-bit)
First thought would be CRAPPY CHEAP screws. Second thought would be
that you are not using a deep enough pilot hole and need to also
engage the clutch on your cordless drill/driver
Many folks/resouces recommend a 1/8th in bit for pilot holes for #8
For the crappy screws, junk 'em and then order some decent ones from
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