Design & DIY

8 screws every cottager should have in their workshop

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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.)

Wood screws

Usually have coarse threads, which makes it easier to bite the wood as it enters. Mostly made from stainless steel and are very strong.

Masonry screws

Used for fastening things to brick, block, or rock. You must drill a pilot hole first.

Pocket screws

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.

Deck screws

Used for building decks for fences. Covered with a corrosion-resistant finish, which will protect them from water and harsh Canadian winters.

Machine screws

These screws have a blunt tip to fit inside a pre-drilled hole. Commonly used in electric work and to attach cabinet handles.

Construction screws

Commonly used for framing or places with potential water or moisture. Usually made from brass and won’t rust.

Drywall screws

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.

Self-drilling screws

Ideally used with metal. No need to pre-drill a hole with these special tips.