Choosing the Correct Screw

by luke on May 9, 2013

Sheetrock Screws are for Sheetrock!


Over the years, I’ve come across many people who have adapted sheet rock screws as their all-purpose screw. They’re cheap and they work…right? For a short period of time I was one of them. As far as fasteners go, pound for pound screws are very expensive. So, any way to reduce the overall cost is welcome. The flaw with this mindset is that not all screws are created equal.

If you choose the right screw you will actually save time and frustration on a project. Additionally, you will end up with a nicer and longer lasting finished product. My rational is if you use the right screw for the job you’ll use fewer screws (there’s your cost savings) as well as have fewer screw holes to fill in the finished material. Especially in outdoor applications, the lifespan of your finished product can also be greatly extended.

There is one company that is thinking outside the box. They have redesigned and in many ways reinvented the traditional screw: GRK Fasteners. GRK makes the most useful screws on the market. There are specific screws for specific applications ranging from trim work to structural spec screws. They even make specialty screws for decking!

Most carpenters I know carry a “Screw Kit” which is simply a multi-compartment screw organizer filled with different sizes and kinds of the GRK line. A variety of trim screws; reverse head and regular head are a must along with the GRK R4 collection…ranging from 1 ½ – 3 ⅛ inches. This is perfect for almost any repair project that you will encounter indoors or out, especially the unexpected ones!

Screw Kit:

    • RSS  –  1 ½”, 2”, 2 ½”, and 3”

Remember these aren’t just screws; they can be an adjustable shim and provide both pulling and pushing mechanical advantage! Choosing the correct screw is absolutely vital for a smooth window or door installation.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a good selection of these in any box store. We do offer the full line though the Proudly Built Store, but would like to encourage you to visit your local lumberyard or hardware store first.

– Nick

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