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Old 11-28-2006, 09:24 PM   #1
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Screws, at times, won't go all the way through


I am using 2 1/2 inch screws on my 2X4s, and at times, not all the time, I have a problem getting them all the way through.

They seem to go a certain distance and then will not go any further, no matter how hard I try, either with drill or by hand, (even my husband has tried).

So what I end up doing is unscrewing it, drilling a hole and then screwing it back in.

I am wondering why this is happening?
Am I encountering a knot in the wood?
Is there any way that I can avoid this?

I also have tried using a nail instead, and also same problem, no matter how hard I bang with the hammer, it will not go all the way through.

Any thoughts on this?
Or will I have to drill a hole first, whenever I encounter this difficulty?

Thanks a bunch

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Old 11-28-2006, 09:32 PM   #2
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Wood is not as uniform as everyone thinks. - Differences in moisture, density, residual sap, grain orientation, etc.).

I don't think you or the screws and nails are any different.

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Old 11-28-2006, 11:05 PM   #3
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THat way I use a impact driver, drilling 3" screws are a breeze.
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Old 11-29-2006, 05:31 AM   #4
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Are you hanging drywall with the 2 1/2 screws? (Use shorter screws)

If you need to use 2 1/2 screws then try to screw it in half way. Back out the screw and then screw it back in. This is a shorter method then drilling a pilot hole.

You could also try rubbing the screw threads with a bar of soap before you install them. This will lubricate the threads and reduce the resistance.
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Old 11-29-2006, 08:22 AM   #5
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No, I am not yet hanging drywall.

I am still at the framing stage.

Will try your suggestion, but I think I will have to end up drilling a hole.

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Old 11-29-2006, 08:23 AM   #6
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What is an impact driver?
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Sounds like you might be using a fine thread screw instead of a course thread screw. I've had trouble with fine thread screws not going in all the way and stripping out.
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I think I am using a fine thread screw.
Those were the ones that they gave me when I asked them for what purpose they were for.

I am going to try some other ones, and see if that works.

Today, I tried drilling a pilot hole and that worked really nice.
But rather time comsuming.

Thanks for the tip, big dave.
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I just took a look at your web site, big dave, and your work is amazing.
Very nice.

Love your floors, and countertops.
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What is an impact driver?
Do a google search for impact driver.
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I just looked impact driver up, and seems like a great tool, but probably too expensive for a newbie like me.
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I just looked impact driver up, and seems like a great tool, but probably too expensive for a newbie like me.
If you ever get the chance use an impact driver, you will sure love it.
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I bet I need a lot of strength for it, correct?
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Not at all, you can run screws running the driver with one hand, very little pressure need applied.
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If I tell my husband that I want another tool, he is going to have a fit.

He says I don't need anymore fancy tools, because I don't have a time limit.

(Actually, my aunt felt sorry for me, when she found out I was cutting 2X4s with a hand saw, and bought me an early Christmas gift of a mitre saw.
I absolutely love it. I have never used one before.

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