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Screwing 101

July 26, 2010

 I know when I say “screwing” your mind goes immediately to wood or some other material you might put a screw into, right? Of course it does! After all, you’re a ToolBox TomGirl. You have a healthy drive to screw.

For those of you whose minds went “someplace else,” YOU are my kind of woman. But I’m simply not prepared to deal with your healthy drive right now. Nope, we’re going to focus on the topic at hand: Screwing. The wood kind.

Here’s the down and dirty on screwing like you mean it:
1. There are three types of screw heads: The Phillips head (looks like a cross), the slotted head (one line across), and the hex head (six-sided).
2. Always use the right type of screwdriver for the screw head. This helps you avoid stripping. Of course, if you are still on the other kind of screwing, strip away! But I’m talking about stripping the screw head itself – something you never want to do. Just remember, use a flat screwdriver for the slotted head screws, a Phillips screwdriver for the Phillips head screws, and a hexagon socket for the hex head screws.
3. Wood screws do not have threads at the very top. This allows the screw to pull the pieces of wood together and hold them tightly. The sharp point at the end of a wood screw is for smoother penetration. Is it warm in here?
4. The threads on sheet metal screws run from the very top to the very bottom. They also have a built-in washer between the threads and the head, plus a sharp point at end.
5. Drywall screws do not have threads at the top. They are thinner in circumference and the threads are more widely separated so that they screw in quickly and allow you to avoid splitting the wood. Again, a sharp point at the end. Now, I should probably point out that a thinner circumference does not mean that drywall screws are less of a screw than say a big, thick wood screw. We all know that it’s not the girth of the screw, but the finesse of the screw-er that gets the job done.
6. Brass screws are primarily used for attaching decorative hinges. They look like flathead wood screws and have a slightly sharp point at the end. Use them for the kind of screwing you want the public to see.

Some people like to have a cigarette when they are finished screwing. Others simply roll over and go to sleep. In either case, we’re done with Screwing 101.

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