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When To Use Self Tapping Screws

Tapping Screws

When undertaking any type of DIY, it’s essential to use to the correct fixings and fasteners for the job. If you use, for example the wrong type of screw then you may find it doesn’t hold securely and you end up having to re-do the whole job. Take as an example, screws.

There are many different sizes and types to choose from such as self tapping, countersunk, wood screws and drywall screws and a choice of head such as flat or oval heads and unless you have a little bit of experience you may find it rather confusing. If ordering from an online tool supplier, then they will most likely have a description on the website of each product they sell to help you choose the correct type for your project. If not, there will be information available on any good DIY site to help you out.

Let’s take a look at self tapping screws so you can get a better idea of the type of job they can be used for. As the name suggests, self tapping screws cut their own thread as they are driven into the material you are fastening together, and only need a pilot hole to get them started. Not only can they be used to fasten wood together but also sheet metal if it isn’t too thick.

The most popular types of self tapping screws have a pointed end, but they are also available with a blunt end which is often used in mass production where they are less likely to cause injury than the pointed version. The blunt end version comes with a little more thread than the pointed version of the same size, so you may get away with using a slightly smaller screw.

It’s useful to use this type of screw for anything you are likely to need to take apart and re-assemble in the future. Just remember; always use the correct size screw for the job you are doing to ensure a secure fixing.

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