Using Brass Screws
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to avoid breaking or marring brass screws:
screws are far more delicate than their steel or stainless
counterparts. Chances are, you've already discovered that
when you "boogered-up" the slot on the head of a decorative
brass screw - or broke one in two during tightening. Here
are a few simple tips to help you avoid these problems:
Always drill properly sized pilot holes when using brass
screws in hard woods. This is often not necessary when using
brass screws to hold soft wood pieces such as pine or poplar
It helps to coat the threads of brass screws with beeswax
or bar soap prior to driving.
you must drive a brass screw into a piece of hardwood...and
the only pilot drill bit you have is too small for the job...coat
with wax or soap and drive it in one or two turns. Stop
and give your screw ample time to cool off from the frictional
heat you've created. Then give it another turn or two. BE
PATIENT. Heat is a primary cause of brass screw breakage.
Never drive brass screws at high speeds with a power screwdriver.
Again, this will create heat, which will cause the screw
to break faster.
To avoid messing-up the head of a brass screw, it is imperative
that the screwdriver blade fits the screw slot perfectly.
The tips of most screwdrivers are ground at an angle. To
correct this problem, use a file or grinder to dress the
driver tip so its sides are parallel and not tapered. This
will create a tighter fit between the driver tip and screw
slot... minimizing the tendency of the tip to slip out of
the slot and mess it up.