Dryer vent exhaust bird-cover on Aluminum aiding


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Old 08-13-11, 10:45 AM
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Dryer vent exhaust bird-cover on Aluminum aiding

I am trying to install a plastic cover over dryer vent exhaust. We have aluminum siding.

I can not get the screws (tried sheet metal and self drilling types) to get started/go through the siding. I am using an electric screw driver, am up on a ladder and can not put too much pressure on the screw head.

question: Do I need to drill a pilot hole in the Aluminum siding or use a more powerful screwdriver?

All suggestions welcome.
 
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Old 08-13-11, 10:51 AM
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I'd drill a small pilot...yes...just enough to let the threads start to bite.

I'd use SS screws...
 
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Gunsguy45: Thanks. SS Screws = stainless steel screws?. What type of bid do I need to drill?
 
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Old 08-13-11, 11:36 AM
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Yes...stainless...

Just a regular small twist bit for metal....slightly smaller than the threads. Since the siding is so thin...you could go a bit smaller even...as long as its big enough for the threads to bite. Not like there's a lot of weight or anything it needs to hold.
 
 

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