Popular DIY Screws
It is important for every DIY-er to be well versed in different screw types. This guide will list and explain some of the more common and popular screws worth knowing about.
As their name suggests, drywall screws are only intended for installing drywall panels. Drywall screws are typically around 1 – 3 inches in length. They have a “bugle” head which aids in countersinking in the surface of the drywall without tearing it. When using drywall screws, you will need to use a specific bit which is rarely included in a standard bit set. Drywall screws are self-tapping, so it isn’t necessary to pre-drill the panels. If you intend to fasten drywall to wood framing, drywall screws will do the trick. If you need to install drywall to metal, you’ll need to use screws specifically used with metal studs.
Screw Distributers offer screws for all applications, including drywall screws!
Decking screws fasten deck flooring to a deck’s joist system. Their design allows them to countersink. This way, the tops of the decking screws sit flush or just below the wood’s surface. The design of decking screws function similarly to wood screws. I.e., they have coarse threads and a smooth upper shank. Due to their outdoor purpose, decking screws can resist rust and corrosion. Many decking screws are self-tapping, being available in both Philips and star-drive heads.