Screws: What You Need to Know

Screws are one of the greatest fasteners available. There is a screw for almost every application. I cover some of the basics necessary for understanding the advantages of the modern screw. Many` thanks to those of you who support onPATREON /> I can't find my parachute bag on amazon. The one there appears to be a cheap knock/off of sorts......would love it if some one could find out if the real ones are still available somewhere. I'll try and get some pictures up! PATREON />INSTAGRAM />FACEBOOK /> Amazon Affiliate Links: MY DRILL/DRIVER /> THE ONLY WORK PANTS I WEAR. /> BUY YOUR OFFICIAL EC T- SHIRT! /> Buy a Knife From Cy Swan Here /> For all business inquiries: [email protected] Our website:

Very informative. After watching this video, I feel like I graduated from Screw U.
Eric Skinner
the yellow is zinc plated with a yellow dichromate acting as a sealer.
Justin Lindle
as an almost 2 decade residential and commercial framer and carpenter I can assure you this man's advice is beyond invaluable to any homeowner or entry level craftsman. Thanks for providing your hard earned knowledge. ps I just bought a Burke bar. done without one for 17 years and instantly understood the applications when I saw it in your hands. Just like the press and your friend, I will think of you every time I use it. Thanks man
oop, your tool is showing at 7:52 lol
Oskar Bremer
More of these info vids! Im an apprentice, i find these so good for learning more and more! Keep up the great work!
Barry Norman
Great, informative and enjoyable video. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience.
Jacob Hawthorne
You should try the Pozisquare drive, great hybrid of PZ and SQ
I'm a Machinist-Welder, I hate wood (Lumber) and it hates me. I butcher it occasionally only out of pure necessity. Up till about 2 years ago I never paid attention to other screws besides Drywall screws and used them for everything. Then I discovered Deck Screws. Then I discovered SPAX screws. Wood work goes a bit better now.
Matthew Marroccelli
Thanks Essential Craftsman. Now I'm properly educated for when I get screwed!
1:45 "GIGGITY"
Megan Seklig
I just watched a video on screws and was riveted. (Pun) Well edited and incredibly informative. I’ve done a woodshop class but this really filled in the blanks. In ‘76 I was a teenage girl and nobody was gonna teach me anything about tools and construction. Now I’m doing much of my own home repair (garage shelves, flooring, etc) and grateful to my male peers who are sharing their hard earned knowledge. 👍
Ian Johnstone
Back in 80 I started to make furniture in an old timers one man shop, he was 67 and I was 18 boss only had hand screw drivers, so I hacksawed the handles off and mounted them in a corded 1 speed no reversing plug in drill. He later went out and got me one that reversed.
Carson Rush
These videos are amazing, and I can't wait to binge watch all of them. Thank you for putting these together. That being said, I got awfully nervous at the end of the video when the guy was handling a lifted load by hand. Please be careful. Attach a rope to the load (not the lifting slings) or use a hooked pole if you need to control the load and prevent swinging, but don't touch it. Being that close to a lifted load puts you way too close to the line of fire if the load is dropped.
Robbie O’Meara
When I moved to Texas I found that Robertson screws aren't as popular down here as they are in Canada, the Canadians invented Robertson screws so I assume that's why they love them so much. I mainly use torx now, they are a lot better anyways. Btw, spax screws are also a very good brand in my opinion, expensive though.
Philip Sweeney
I wanted to build a rolling work table. The plans called for screws. I really didn’t know anything about screws and would have been inclined to use nails. The information here was very helpful!
Thanks for the great info! You should check out Project Farm's YouTube channel... He just did a video comparing different screws and nails! It's probably info you already know but still entertaining!
i just have to add this, drywalls screw are pretty much different from ALL other construction screws when it comes to hardness. a drywall screw has zero plastic deformation before breakage. everything else will bend.
Just bought my first set of Torx head screws this weekend repairing a shed behind the house I'm selling. Never used them before and wanted to see if they were worth the fuss. They were. I'm a convert now.
Gosforth Handyman
Really interesting vid - thanks for putting it together! In the UK 90% of the time we use Pozidriv - they're excellent and never cam out if you use decent bits. I did a screw rust test vid a while back - the screws I commonly use are very corrosion resistant and never break - about $3 for 200 screws. They're very, very hard but not brittle. Would be intrigued on your thoughts - can send you a selection if you like?
West Texas Prepper
Duluth trading has the parachute bags
Tiff Stead
See a doctor about that finger my friend, Please!
Robert Ketter
Over 20 Years I've been a general contractor... I find this man's video's incredibly informative and I learn something new with each one he produces. I really look forward to each and every video and watch them all... sometimes even binge
Andrew jones
I really appreciate your videos. At 30 with 14 years in a assortment of trades. I want to be like you when I grow up. Thank you for sharing!
Kevin Sanders
Love to see somebody that can signal a crane correctly very few know correct signals even old hands
New subscriber - love your videos. It would be interesting to hear you talk about how home construction has changed throughout the years. And why there seems to have been a real dip in quality at times, and why older homes seem much better made. Stuff like that. Seems that would be right up your alley.
Tony Music
My nails are getting too long... They're growing out of hand.
Brand O
Have you ever thought of a shop tour? came across your channel great stuff thanks
William Strickland
Great video! Electralicec is an outdoor nightmare. I constantly see rookie craftsmen building fenses etc. With nails and screws that are for indoor use. And every time the rust runs down the board or side of the house trim... Come on at least use some galvanised products! Puch your nails, counter sink your screws! And caulk them in! Sub out the painting job! Sit back Crack a cold beverage, and pat your self on the back! because you just became a contractor😁 But I digress, I'm a 34 year old contractor working hard to do the jobs right! I watch all the videos I can. I have learned so much, but have much to learn. I started in high school in a carpentry skills trade class. Got a two year degree and started out framing houses. if had seen your video on on skill saw tricks. I would have made rookie of the year. Hats off your an inspiration Sir!!! with great knowledge and pressies intellect on the subjects of building trades. Great work and sir, thank you for taking the time to teach and inspire us to be better craftsmen! From forks W.a. have a great day
Mark G
I had 10 or 15 GRKs fail in sheer due to snow or wind load. Once some snapped, the rest bent and failed. They are great but not the save all. I still have my Yankees that I started making a living with in 1975. The original cordless screw drivers.
La Amatoro
I also like GRK, Spax has served well too; avoid "Fastap" they claim self drilling but the design is really self stripping, nails have better pull strength.(experience based on softwoods OSB and plywood) Drywall screws snap because they are only #5 or #6, cheap, and often thinnest just under the head, not because they are hard. Meanwhile deck screws tend to be #8, 9, or 10 and have a thicker section between head and thread. Likewise nails tend to have higher shear strength because they have a larger effective cross sectional area(based on minor/root diameter of the screw) and bearing surface, the harder steel in screws is as a basic material stronger in both tension and shear. ****** I agree that phillips should be avoided for anything other than drywall dimplers(wear camout is an advantage). Phillips is only popular because of the model-T and it was designed to cam-out in a time when production line power drivers lacked torque control. Torx are good for high torque but they weeble wobble all over and need two hands to get started straight, they also chose way too many bit sizes and there are two types [old torx and torx-plus newer & improved but less popular]. I prefer Robertson for general use, they have a slight taper that both sticks the screw to the bit and makes a very stable connection that can be started one handed, and 3 sizes covers most common screws, easy to accurately manufacture which is important with all the cost cutting low bit import products. Both Torx and Robertson bits resist rather than encourage cam out and the bit's wear ten times as long as phillips.
Ol James
..YesSirRee, those GRK are wonderful!! Pricey, but worth it. As long as the threads get a bite, they will pull slap thru a board...
Your videos are such a joy to watch. Was looking up information on hammer drill reviews and ended up watching your videos. Thank you I appreciate you sharing your knowledge and skill.
Robin Coomans
Torx is absolutely the way to go! Nice one!!
Morehu Morehu
Good stuff!! Hope you're still doing muso's on the side or just t' keep your playing skills sharp😎
Shane Watters
everytime i need three different tips to remove one temporary board, i have a 'talk' with the crew. now a video on the werid wonderful world of nails!
John Callahan
great vid! might as well start making the basic crane signal vid now lol.
Brian Rose
I also love DeckMates coated screws for general building projects.
shawn keller
please please please upload as much as you can, I love your videos!
thanks. love working with screws. i can build a 4x8 table in 10 min.
Couldn't agree more on the GRK's  Counting the days until  I have used up the last Phillip's in my supply. One word for you: "manicure" YIKES!
David Bernard
Thank you for sharing this video and your knowledge!
Kit Johnson
I love these videos so much. I wish you had your own television show
Isaiah Govea
immediately bought a parachute bag after watching it's been extremely useful no more screw spills and always have the screws I need available instead of having to go to the truck to dig for them
Prison Mike
Cadmium Plating is the yellow coating word you are looking for.
brian jones
Torx dive are shit mate ! Square drive is the only way to go !! I guess we all have our own preferences !? ( carpenter for over 30 years ).
Andrew Freeman
I used thousands of those tiny GRK T-10 3" screws in my redwood deck and didn't have any snap off, nearly invisible and great choice! (made in Taiwan)
Chester Birchwood
Where do i get a display of screws like that?
Joe Rau
I've watched 3 of your videos and have learned tons!
Michael Dougfir
When I was growing up we moved a lot. So Dad built a number of pkywood boxes for kitchen, linens, etc. But he drove the screws in with a hammer up to a point, then used a Yankee Screwdriver to seat them. Now with him gone I sometimes have to repair those boxes. Thanks for this video. I'm subscribing to see what else you do that I can learn from.
Kal El
Great video! I too have come to the same conclusions you have. Would you mind making a follow up video about load, notching wood to support load (such as in fencing) vs relying on deck screws or carriage bolts to support load vs just attaching planks to posts?
Did you get the dog that gnawed off your finger?
I still like square drive but I agree that you can't beat Torx!
So much knowledge.. thank you for doing this.
After work
No one can hammer, a terrifying and sad on sir.
Reel McCoy
Lot of good information
part timer
can you do a video more about the hand signalling you did at the end of the video
Nickolas Kasten
Essential Craftsman you are awesome. Every time I watch a video of yours I want to quit my job, find a master craftsman to study under and get back to earning my living using my hands.
I live in Germany and over here, screws have almost completly replaced nails in framing. There is very few aplications were nails are prefered because of their structural advatages and others because they're simply faster Ps: Love ur Content man
Maverick Wagner
The para shoot bag is great. I am still a fan of square drive. I buy the ceramic coated deck screws with the #3 phillips . They tend to stick to the good square drive bits well and if i have to i can drive them with a #2 phillips .
Drywall screws and cheap tubes of caulk hold together where I live in our nations capital. Except for the federal buildings. Nothing but the best for them guys
as a Canadian it's my patriotic duty to defend Robbie drive to my dying breath, however having never tried torx i guess I'm just talking out my ass
Mike Ried
EVERYBODY if u like the video then LIKE the video help the channel out
Jesse Wright
Again, I loathe Tapcons. I've actually had better results with Deckmate decking screws than Tapcons in brick, etc.
Adam Kreutzer
never knew screws were harder than nails. never really thought about that. thanks!
Carl Maes
disagree about GRK screws. Had 3 out of 10 snap while driving with screw gun.
In hard metal the square drive is better than six side
' harden nails are okay and not enough holding the wood... best use square screw as [::] is the best than phillp screw +
dirty girl
I prefer a screw. TORX , Pozi impact driver - Using a Hammer correctly - takes time and be careful. I like this Carpenter . Very good presenter . Knowledgeable. From England UK. (Liverpool )😘👍
Luis Martinez
He’s like the Jeremy Clarkson of construction
Ray Duerksen
Good vid, now if you could do one on bolts that would be great.
M. Austin Wakefield
Great video! the drywall screw 'click', got me laughing so hard; brought back many memories of when that little screw would save the day!
Another great video Scott and Nate! I can't agree with you more regarding the "Art of Hammering." It truly is a skill that requires practice. I've been getting some good practice this month on the jobsite. All the best, John
Sean Andrews
Love your videos (your new series is awsome!) but I have to disagree with torx over robbie. Especially if you're using an impact driver!
Tony Mcloughlin
Great upload, you deserve more subscribers. Another thumbs up.
I'm 60, graduated in 76 and wanted to be a musician too.
The deckmate brand screws are ceramic coated and torx drive. I love them.
Jay Edlington
The Robertson (square) is an amazing design. However, they must be made ever so slightly deeper.
Paul Montero
This must be the screwiest video on You Tube. Thank you for your excellent work.
Jimmy Scott
Not sure why Phillips are so bad, they strip, i toss, easy. I buy cheapest ones i can find, bc i have a light touch. More details on which screw, when to pre drill, & when to use those Grk types would be helpful! Thanks
I wish that radial arm drill was in MY shop.
adam laidlaw
love the video's. always informative and interesting. maybe make one about guiding vichels and machines with hand movements...I know most people have there own style but I'd like to know your reasoning behind yours
Patrick M. Parisou
One of the most well thought out explanations I’ve seen in recent memory regarding torx screws. Loved this video.
Well impress by your explanations. Are a teacher by profession? Sir
7:40 ... This man drills. He drills hard. He sure knows screwing. I'm very impressed. My drill might be bigger, but I'm sure I'll never be as skilled with mine as he is with his. Oh well... Subscribe.
The Everlasting Gold
Cool channel, you seem like a very humble guy, rare for someone with as much experience and knowledge as you seem to possess. I'm 21, attempting to start an electrical apprenticeship of some kind. Cheers to those in the same boat as I.
Duluth sells various sizes of those parachute bags
Kris Pots
Very nice as always.thanks for sjaring your knowledge
Randy Stowe
I've skipped over this video at least 50 times because "I know everything about screws vs nails". I was wrong. My bad. Thanks Again!
Yugo 505
No mention of Simpson structural screws!?
Bull Dozer
amen to grk.. I love them and use ALOT of them. I loathe drywall screws.. they always snap... but I love nailing too.
Very good info. I have been getting confused by the on slot of all these new screws. So your video has once again given me some more knowledge. Thank you my new friend.👍
R. S.
I collect yankee screwdrivers - never saw one like that - must be an early design.
Canadian Made
1:47. If only my wife would say that!! Haha
SealTeam Ryx
I use Simpson strong tie sds screws all the time mostly with a 3/8 drive head on em but I like em they're pretty strong and haven't have them ever strip or break.... but yes they're also expensive.. Also use torques on decking always I like em... course sometimes ya run into a crap box of screws somewhere that just round out easy or dont bite in, but I also like the torq heads over Phillip's or square
henry morgner
I keep coming back to this particular episode.thank you for your well thought of video on this are part of my continueing education.
scott left
The yellow colour should be from the heat treatment, the 200 degrees. btw, you forgot dynabolts were all the rage in the early 80's.
Liquid Bacon
That was actually very useful. Thanks.
GRK is the best! we use them all the time!
David FP
"Grabber" brand yellow zinc screws made in Taiwan are terrible. Have broken off several before I finally drove back to Lowes. The Hillman "Deck Plus" exterior star drive screws are incredible. Have built several fences with them, and I now use the smaller ones for interior shelving and cabinets. Not one has broken. Star drive T25 is here to stay.
At 5:23 doesn't that dot on the screw head indicate it is Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) rather than Phillips?