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Old 03-01-2011, 04:36 PM   #1
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Screws for cabinet installation?


Today while I was unloading the dishwasher, I noticed the screws that are holding the cabinets up in my kitchen. They are drywall screws. I thought you weren't supposed to use drywall screws for hanging things, because they snap rather easily? Am I wrong? I guess it hasn't fallen off the wall in the 8 years the house has been standing, but it still leaves me curious, so I thought I'd ask.

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drywall screws are a lot like duct tape: both are frequently used for the wrong applications.

Drywall screws go in easier than woodscrews, which is why they are prefered, but they are usually very brittle, and the fact that they are fully threaded will often make it harder to clamp two pieces of wood together.

The good thing is when they fail it's USUALLY during installation, so if they are up you are probably ok. Hopefully they didn't cheat and use short ones on your install. Swap them out (one at a time) if it makes you feel safer

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