Work Out Which Screw to Use

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Matching a screw to the hanger you’re fixing comes down to four things:

The gauge of the screw - this denotes the diameter of the thread - choose one slightly smaller than the diameter of the hole in the hanger.

The type of head - Pozi heads are generally easiest to use but make sure you use a Pozi screwdriver to avoid damaging the head.

Length of the thread - choose one that will get a good fixing into the frame without being too long.

The shape of the head - pan head and flange head work best with most hangers. Countersunk heads suit picture plates and other hardware that have corresponding countersunk holes.

There’s a few ways to make screwing hardware into place easier:

A needle point bradawl is a quick and easy way to make a pilot hole for a small screw.

A King Dick screwdriver designed to fit all types of cross headed screws saves time picking the right screwdriver each time.

A cordless drill with a screwdriver bit speeds up the process and reduces fatigue, especially on harder wood.