Wood screws "stripping" when trying to use them??

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Old 07-08-06, 03:34 PM
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Wood screws "stripping" when trying to use them??

I am trying to do some home repairs and where I need to use wood screws to screw through a piece of 2x4 my screw heads keep stripping before fully screwed through (making them useless)

I am using a standard 2x4....and #10 x 2 1/2" -

Is this simply because my screws themselves are cheap?? - Or is my electric drill under-powered??

I am using Crown Bolt type screws (4 in a package for like $1.10) -

Thanks for any help advice -
 
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Old 07-08-06, 04:11 PM
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drill a pilot hole

use some lube on the screw (soap works just fine)

use a quality screwdriver bit

drive at a slow speed
 
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Old 07-08-06, 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by mango man
drill a pilot hole

use some lube on the screw (soap works just fine)

use a quality screwdriver bit

drive at a slow speed

Thanks -

I'll go buy a new screwdriver bit (that probably is it)...along with putting some lube/soap on the screws themselves -
 
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Old 07-08-06, 04:46 PM
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Change drive mediums. Instead of phillips head, use something like deck screws with a #2 square drive or the ones that use a T25 torx bit. They will not strip out, and aren't brittle enough to break with the torque, as do the cheaper drywall type screws.
 
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