Trying to figure out which screws are right for the project you’re working on? Don’t get caught up in all the choices, we’ll break it down for you. Here are 8 common screw types you might encounter, when to use them, and how to put them to work. (Looking for more cottage skills? Check out the 4 types of knots you’ll need to know.)
Usually have coarse threads, which makes it easier to bite the wood as it enters. Mostly made from stainless steel and are very strong.
Used for fastening things to brick, block, or rock. You must drill a pilot hole first.
Used for fastening furniture or other decor when you want to hide the screw inside a small hole that you can later plug with wood.
Used for building decks for fences. Covered with a corrosion-resistant finish, which will protect them from water and harsh Canadian winters.
These screws have a blunt tip to fit inside a pre-drilled hole. Commonly used in electric work and to attach cabinet handles.
Commonly used for framing or places with potential water or moisture. Usually made from brass and won’t rust.
Usually cheap and not very strong but used for many odd jobs. The tint comes from the phosphate coating that prevents wet drywall compound from corroding the screw head.
Ideally used with metal. No need to pre-drill a hole with these special tips.