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The correct way to screw in wood screws

 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:59 pm    Post subject: The correct way to screw in wood screws Reply with quote

Not sure how to title this topic, but just wanted to share some information I recently learned, that might not be too common of knowledge.

Wood screws, basically any screws used for your pickguard, tuning machines, bridge, pickup rings, etc. You DON'T want to just put the screw in the hole and tighten it like how I've always done it my whole life a pleb. I mean it'll probably work, for now, but over time it will strip out the hole. Yes you can use a screw with a larger or deeper thread, or put a toothpick in the hole and it will splinter off inside when screwed into and have a pretty tight hold but think about what that shit is doing to your TONE bro, or worse the value of your instrument.

The correct way to do this, is to insert the screw into the hole, but before turning the screwdriver righty-tighty, turn the screw COUNTER CLOCKWISE until you hear or feel a CLICK or POP. It's sort of like the click you feel when using a combination lock. Usually you'll also feel the screw sink into the hole a bit more. This is the screw finding its thread and at this point you can tighten the screw into the wood.


I learned this tip from watching a video about refurbishing Game Boys, but it works on any non-machined screws. Apologies if everyone else but me already knew this and I'm the last one to the party, but I figured it's worth sharing. It just may SAVE your WOOD.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 3:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never thought of that but yeah, that makes perfect sense and it's such a simple thing to do!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will try this. No wonder my bathroom door sounds like crap.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Replaced the broken switch on my Strat this afternoon and did this when screwing the pickguard back on - worked like a charm! Could definitely feel the "click". Cheers!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NickS wrote:
Will try this. No wonder my bathroom door sounds like crap.


This could be due to some confusion about where exactly one does their business.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crap sound=brown sound. That's a wonderful door for a toilet
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2020 5:26 pm    Post subject: Re: The correct way to screw in wood screws Reply with quote

I learned this from Fran Blanche's youtube videos

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What the fuck.
Im pushing 40 and I head to learn how to screw on a (vaguely) guitar forum.
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What the fuck.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


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