The correct way to screw in wood screws

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The correct way to screw in wood screws

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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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Post: # 1405018Post BillClay »

Never thought of that but yeah, that makes perfect sense and it's such a simple thing to do!
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Will try this. No wonder my bathroom door sounds like crap.
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Post: # 1405040Post Thom »

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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NickS wrote:Will try this. No wonder my bathroom door sounds like crap.
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Crap sound=brown sound. That's a wonderful door for a toilet
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I learned this from Fran Blanche's youtube videos

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What the fuck.
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What the fuck.
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