If I find flat head screws in a pile that are loose, I throw them away. I'll hang onto the phillips ones, but flat is just a knuckle cut waiting to happen. And don't even bother trying to use them with a high speed drill (as a power screwdriver). Many years ago, when the local home improvement center (Menards in the Midwest, but I think others handle them as well now) started carrying "drywall" screws with Robertson (square) heads, I made a switch and never looked back. They are not perfect, but they are *SO* much better than Phillips. I use drywall screws with the coarse threads for all home renovation framing and drywall, pretty much everything. Last year, I started using "SPAX" screws for framing, and they have a T-25 Torx head. Very impressive! More impressive still is the FastenMaster "spider" bit system. Prepare to wrench your hand off the drill if you plow one of these into wood. Interesting that both, I believe use metric bits, but are specified in Imperial lengths (2 7/8", 4 1/2", etc.) :-) Also interesting (to get back onto some semblance of topic), Many US C64Cs were held together with small Torx screws, as I recall. Contrary to what I said above, I hate those screws on the C64Cs. If I am using one for any length of time and have to open it, I pitch the "official" screws in a container (which I keep for just this purpose) and replace with the Phillips #6 pan-head ones. I know, what a inconsistent stance... Jim -- Jim Brain firstname.lastname@example.org www.jbrain.com Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2014-04-24 04:00:03
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