You mark the location of the new slot before removing the screw... or if the
temp slot is sufficiently out of sync with the new one, start the new slot
with a hacksaw, then remove the screw and make the new head.
Absolutely not! But checking for same in other people's houses might be :)
When I built my house the electrician I'd hired oriented all the cover plate
screws. Seeing that, did I trust the thoroughness of his other hidden but
important work? You betcha!!
True enough and often today not practiced nearly enough ....however often
the difference between profit and loss or business success or failure is
knowing which details actually deserve the attention. I've as well had
hobbyist projects languish way to long in the shop while trying to exceed my
skill level although usually it is procrastination masquerading as trying to
get it just right<G>....Rod
If I might be permitted a second reply here, I'd just like to say that I
don't even consider this a Good Thing (lining up all one's screw slots).
I think this helps to give whatever piece the screws are attached to a
fake look, kind of like a computer graphic produced with an illustration
program here all the screws are copied and pasted with their slots in
exactly the same orientation. If you're happy with the CAD look to your
woodworking pieces, then go for it.
Random screw slot alignments are part of the real world. Get used to it.
Found--the gene that causes belief in genetic determinism
For most items I'd have to agree with you... look at high end guns and other
high end items and aligned slots are pretty typical. Not sure I'd do it on a
deck though no matter how nice the deck. ;~)
The screws just aren't as visible on a deck as they are an electrical
outlet cover plate. It makes sense to align the screws on something
where they're quite visible, that's a sign of quality. On something
where the screws are hidden or reduced visibility, why bother?
On a deck you've got 8 screws (minimum) per board, but on only the
largest of outlet cover plates do you have 8 screws to align. (You don't
even have to align them the same way--just pick an easily recognized
"The potential difference between the top and bottom of a tree is the
reason why all trees have to be grounded..." -- Bored Borg on
Tom, of course you must know that you're either leaving them a little loose
or stripping the threads just a bit, right? And since it goes against the
grain to leave a fastener a little loose, they tend to end up overtightened
and thus stripped out a bit, true?
No problem, I suppose, if it doesn't need to last too long, or if it'll
never ever in life have to be taken apart again for any reason whatsoever.
Or, to cut you a little slack, if structural integrity is unimportant.
But I maintain old wooden boats, and I'll tell you that I disregard that
little visual detail in favor of getting them just as right as I know how to
do it without concern for which way the slots point.
How would it be to have a Torx Triple Square pattern screw head that
only filled half the countersink depth, and then you had a decorative
slotted head with a post that fit into the Torx. The Torx Triple
Square has enough opportunities to maintain orientation while allowing
for proper torque and the decorative (it could actually be working
plug in) head would allow a traditional look.
This would be particularly nice on oval headed brass.
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