Will this "sagging" screw be a problem?

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Old 05-20-17, 11:24 AM
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Will this "sagging" screw be a problem?

While mounting blinds, I was stupid enough to force a screw into the window casing without drilling a pilot hole. Now the window casing is sagging. Here's a pic:

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The window casing is made of this hard plastic. How serious is this sag, how much damage will it do to the casing, should I remove the screw asap???
 

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Old 05-20-17, 11:47 AM
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Remove the screw. You have only penetrated the outer shell of the window and are pressing on the second layer, causing the bubble. Most likely you can drill a pilot through both layers and reinsert your screw and pull it back into shape. Of course we're flying blind, because we can't see the overall picture, nor do we know the brand and model of the windows.
 
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Old 05-20-17, 11:48 AM
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After many edits..... hopefully the picture is the way it should be.

Yes.... you should remove that screw and drill it first.
I'm guessing there's wood behind that casing.
 
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Old 05-20-17, 11:50 AM
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I have added you image. Please don't use Imijur. We don't need their SPAM. http://www.doityourself.com/forum/li...rt-images.html

Never seen a hard plastic jamb and it looks like vinyl. I'd remove the screw, enlarge the hole as you were thinking and be sure the screw is long enough to go into the jack stud.
 
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Thanks for all the replies. Yes the casing is vinyl, but I don't know the window brand. I have a few questions:

1. Was the bulge in the casing caused by the screw not penetrating deep enough? The bulge got bigger the deeper I inserted the screw...
2. After removing the screw, should I drill a pilot hole at the same spot? Would that cause further damage to the casing?
3. How deep should the pilot hole be? Also, is it true that I should use a lower torque drill for vinyl?
4. Should I use a smaller diameter screw? Perhaps the large diameter of the screw caused the bulge? (Although the big screw came with the blinds).
 
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Old 05-20-17, 12:29 PM
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1) Yes
2) Drill pilot in the same hole, only deeper. No
3) As deep as your screw
4) Use the same screw. You already have a hole that large. Pilot through the other layer and install the screw.
 
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Old 05-20-17, 12:54 PM
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Alright. My screw is pretty long though, would it be a problem drilling this deep into the casing? What's inside the casing anyway?
 
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Old 05-20-17, 03:17 PM
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Can't tell where or what kind of window you are attaching it to. I advise people to never to screw anything to a vinyl window as it voids warranty. Attaching to the jamb or trim is always preferred. Maybe a pic from farther back would help us see what's going on.
 
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Old 05-23-17, 07:58 AM
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Thank you everyone, drilled a deeper hole and the screw does not bulge anymore.
 
 

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