Battling Stubborn Screws

A little lubricant will make the job a lot easier.

Have you ever snapped off or stripped the head of a screw while trying to force it into hardwood?


Before screwing into hardwood you should always pre-drill a "pilot hole". A pilot hole should generally be about ½ the diameter of the screw in hard woods and ¼ in softer woods.

Sometimes even with a good pilot hole, a stubborn screw will refuse to go any further. To solve this simply rub a little moist bar soap or paraffin wax on the threads to act as a lubricant. This is especially useful with soft metal screws such as brass and aluminum.

Note: Do not use oil or grease as these products may leach out into and stain the wood.


Von G. Peavy
South Region
Area Mechanics Teacher
Georgia Department of Education
Office of Agricultural Education
ABAC 34  2802 Moore Highway
Tifton, GA    31794
Phone: 229-386-3868
Fax: 229-391-6838
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