Brilliant Wood Screw Pro Lifehack
Everyone knows what a screw does. The screw has been a fastener since at least the 1400s, holding two pieces of material together more securely than a nail. But you can do much more work with the lowly screw – and here are two quick ideas that we think you’ll find true.
You can use a screw or group of screws as a shim when you don’t have a shim. Moreover, a screw can give you as much or more control than a shim for fine-tuning material position.
For example, let’s say you find a rough opening of a window to be out of square – well outside an acceptable tolerance. Maybe it’s an old house that’s settled quite a bit, and you can simply fasten the window frame to the rough opening because of the lack of square. Well, you could use a shim, but it’s more likely you have a couple screws laying around. Simply sink the screws into the rough opening so that the window frame will rest squarely. And you won’t have to saw or snap off the shim, either. One manufacturer even offers shim screws – now those really are brilliant.
Screw It, Here’s One More
Verifying that your level is true is a time-honored use for a screw. Just sink one on a sacrificial board and set one end of your level on it, the other further down the board. Adjust the height of your screw until the bubble shows it’s perfectly level. Turn the level so the opposite end is on the screw. If the bubble is still dead center, you have a true level.
We hope you’ve found our Wood Screw Lifehacks helpful! What are some of the ways you use a screw aside from fastening material?