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Old 09-24-2011, 10:24 PM   #1
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Countersinking screws into Hardibacker


Does anybody know of a "dimpler" like drill attachment which allows the user to quickly and correctly countersink a screw into Hardibacker?
The dimplers I see advertised are phillips screw drives and mainly for drywall or wood. The recommended screws for Hardibacker have the square (Robertson?) drive heads, which are stronger and easier to drive without stripping than the Phillips drive.
I usually overdrive or underdrive my screws on the first attempt...When I underdrive one and then try to redrive it in further, I end up overdriving it...So to avoid overdriving, I usually end up manually driving the screw in by hand with a ratchet drive...Too time cunsuming and tough on the hands.
Can anybody offer some suggestions?
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WOW!!! You are w-a-a-a-a-y overthinking this.

What brand of thinset are you using to install the Hardibacker?

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I have always had the same problem, and had to drive some of them by hand to get them recessed. Now I'm using an impact driver, and it works real well.
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WOW!!! You are w-a-a-a-a-y overthinking this.

What brand of thinset are you using to install the Hardibacker?
Curious as to why you would ask what brand of thinset he is using?
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does it have to with its adhesion factor?
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at some point soon - I will be doing the same thing ... ( installing hardibacker) ... just looking for suggestions to make sure it goes smoothly ... ???
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Does anybody know of a "dimpler" like drill attachment which allows the user to quickly and correctly countersink a screw into Hardibacker?
The dimplers I see advertised are phillips screw drives and mainly for drywall or wood. The recommended screws for Hardibacker have the square (Robertson?) drive heads, which are stronger and easier to drive without stripping than the Phillips drive.
I usually overdrive or underdrive my screws on the first attempt...When I underdrive one and then try to redrive it in further, I end up overdriving it...So to avoid overdriving, I usually end up manually driving the screw in by hand with a ratchet drive...Too time cunsuming and tough on the hands.
Can anybody offer some suggestions?
Thanks all!
On your drill you should have tork settings 1-12. Next get a scrap piece of hardibacker and a piece of the underlayment. Now set your drill using the numbers and drill into your scrap until you have the right setting to countersink the screw to the desired depth.

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