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Tip #245
Getting a better grip on plywood and composite sheet goods

Conventional single lead wood screws may NOT be the best choice for your next project.

If you're using these screws to hold two pieces of solid wood together, you'll probably be OK. However, if you're using them to hold plywood, particleboard or similar "composite" materials together, conventional wood screws may not be your best choice.

Instead, look for screws with extra deep threads. They'll get a far better grip on your two adjoining workpieces and resist pullout much better than regular wood screws.

IMPORTANT: Avoid double-lead wood screws in these applications. They typically have twice as many threads as conventional screws and are best reserved for connecting drywall to metal studs and similar applications where the speed of insertion is more important than resistance to pullout.

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