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Why do so many of my screws break?

You're trying to drive screws directly into hardwood? Or, even, really old softwood? Doesn't matter much what screw or brand you use, you'll end up breaking them. You need to drill a pilot hole that ...
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Why do so many of my screws break?

The code for wood engineering has "lead hole" specifications for screws. They're in Chapter 12. I'll quote the text later. The pilot hole size is predicated on wood's specific gravity (...
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Why do so many of my screws break?

Small screws do not tolerate a lot of torque. Even with a 12V 1/4" hex driver (nowhere near the torque of my other tools) I can regularly break #9 "deck screws" if I didn't use a pilot ...
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Why do so many of my screws break?

There are screws designed for use without drilling. They work pretty well. If you use the right wood and the right driver they work even better. Buy screws that say on the label they can be screwed ...
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Why do so many of my screws break?

It's not about the brand, but about the screws being hardened. Next time, go to a builder's supply house and get a box of hardened screws. Big box stores also have them, usually labeled "...
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Why do so many of my screws break?

Much of the advice already here is good, but I have to add that the brand of screws really does make a difference. Everbilt screws are of poor quality and are known to break quite easily. A recent ...
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Why do so many of my screws break?

Some other answers touch on this, but let me explain my screw-buying philosophy. The modern world has given us a new and marvelous tool for driving screws: powered driver (drills, impact drivers, etc)....
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