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*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?

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



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-- 
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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