Re: Interesting programming description for bank selection

From: Jim Brain <>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:26:07 -0500
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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 Brain

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