Throughout the last couple of years since I retired, I have been really trying to take my DIY game to the next level and I have taken on a number of projects that have really tested me. Instead of solely focussing on the practical side of DIY, I have also enrolled in classes that have taught me about the theory behind many different aspects of DIY, and I absolutely love it.
I wanted to talk a little then about some of the key learnings which I have made. I have to be honest, I had never really placed a great amount of focus on getting exactly the right materials and equipment for my DIY jobs, until I began to learn more about it. I now know that unless you have the right tools and equipment, you may as well not do the job at all. And so today I wanted to talk about screws, our little friends which help secure the work we do and here are some of the options available and what their benefits are.
Truss Head Screws
If you are looking at working with metal then modified truss headscrews are the option which you need to go for. These screws are best bought when made from stainless steel and they have a strong hold and they are very easy to work with. Truss head screws are the small screws which have a cross on the head, and they have a sharp point at the base, perfect for penetrating metal.
Star Drive Screws
Star drive screws are gaining in popularity thanks to the strength of purchase which they have as well as the torque which they can provide as you drive them in. These screws were designed after many spoke about problems with more traditional screws as the driver would often slip out at the point of tightening. Star drive screws also drive far into the material and they are most often used for wood. These screws hold very well and they have a long life span.
Despite the star drive screws taking over somewhat from the Phillips variety, these screws are still vitally important in construction sites throughout the country. The reason why Phillips screws are still being used so much is because they are able to work well with both hard and soft materials. Star drive screws for example can often penetrate too far when using materials such as dry walling and this means that the Phillips is the better choice. The biggest benefit of the Phillips screw lies within its versatility and for this reason, it is unlikely that they will be replaced any time soon. Equally, the drivers required for the Phillips screw are widespread which means that additional drivers are not needed by DIY amateurs like you and me.
What have you learned recently about DIY? Feel free to share your thoughts with us.