SCREWS INTRODUCTION
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From The Illustrated Hardware Book by Tom Philbin
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SCREWS INTRODUCTION

flathead screw, home hardware

Screws have greater holding power than nails and can be

removed when desired; in other words, you can disassemble the job at will.

There are four things to consider when selecting a screw for

the job: finish, length, gauge, and head.

Screws can be plain steel, blued, or dipped -- the latter two types are partially resistant to moisture -- galvanized, brass, or chrome-plated. Screws range in length up to about 4 inches.

ovalhead screw, home hardware

Screws are also classified according to the diameter or gauge, commonly ranging from No.5 to No. 14, though larger sizes are available. The gauge refers to the diameter under the head. If the screw is a type that tapers, the diameter is smaller at its tip than nearer its head. Screws of the same gauge are available in different lengths.

Screws are designed to operate best in certain materials, though there are some that have multiple uses.

If you have many screws to drive in wood, or a few large ones, drilling pilot holes is the first thing you should do. Special profiled bits are available for drilling slightly smaller diameter holes than the tapering screw diameters and makes them much easier to drive.

roundhead screw, home 
hardware

If you have many screws to drive, or large screws, use some sort of power tool, such as a cordless screwdriver. This, too, will make the job much easier.


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GENERAL HARDWARE SECTION
Description of Contents

Introduction
Braces
Cabinet Door Parts
Casters
Chain And Accessories
Clamps
Closet Door Parts
Door Locks
Doorstops
Drapery Parts
Drawer Parts
Framing Fasteners
Garage Door Parts
Gutter
Handles
Hasps
Hinges
Metals
Nails
Nuts And Bolts
Plant Hangers
Rivets
Rope, Cord And Accessories
Screening
Screw Eyes And Hooks
Screws
Shelf Supports
Springs
Storm & Screen Door Parts
Wall Fasteners
Weather Stripping
Window Parts
Wire
Wire Fencing
Miscellaneous

OTHER HARDWARE SECTIONS
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PLUMBING
ADHESIVES, PATCHES & MORE
SAFETY


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