Wood screws are readily available...McFeeley's has about anything you could
ever want. Even HD/Lowes has a fair amount. Don't know if HD/Lowes carries
square drive wood screws or not but that is way preferable to Phillips.
Besides tending toward brittleness, there are a couple other things about DW
screws that tend to disqualify them. First of all, they are often #7 shank;
for what you are doing I'd want #10, #8 minimally. Secondly is the head
shape; this isn't a biggie but DW screws have a "bugle" head...concave on
the under side. That is great for DW, less so for wood as there is less
bearing surface. As I said, not a biggie especially for soft wood and I
doubt you'll be counter sinking anyway.
new top to mantle of fireplace in Master Bedroom.
getting rid of anemic structure, replacing with a Tuscany style sloped top
with enough sturdiness to mount a big screen on swivel/tilt mounting
plate. Right now the big screen weighs something like 15-20 pounds.
amazingly light weight Vizio
just planning for future. as in do once.
Don't do that. Sheetrock screws are for, um, sheetrock.
Yeah, I sometimes use sheetrock screws for other things, too, but
never in anything that is load bearing or that matters. They're
probably fine for partitions but it's better to get hardware intended
for the use.
Fine threaded drywall screws are for steel or hardwood (how many times
to you anchor drywall to hardwood?). Use coarse threaded screws in
studs. Don't use them at all for structural construction. Use the
proper fastener for the job.
It was just that 'sheetrock' screws still have to seat into wood. Have
lots lying around. and previous experience suggests the wood fails first.
However, that one reply about using 'construction' screws kind of has me
convinced to look for those.
Thanks for the URL, After 15 minutes still nothing but 'pretty' images,
but looks promising, so bookmarked for when the PC can sit on the page for
Sorry, use dialup so youtube is a major luxury. Shank Hole sound useful,
On Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:20:45 -0700 (PDT), email@example.com wrote:
Proper "construction" screws have good strength. Deck screws and
drywall screws are JUNK. My preference when building structure is to
pop it together with good screws, then add nails for extra strength.
If you put something together wrong - needs to come back apart, screws
are much better than nails. When you know it's right, use the framing
nailer to firm it up.
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