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Don’t Get Screwed Over by Screws: a Buyers’ Guide

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With such a huge range of different shapes and sizes of screws, nails and fittings on the market, it’s often difficult to know exactly what you need for the task in hand. Some screws are perfect for providing purchase on flimsy drywall, whereas others are far more suited to tough concrete walls. Similarly, whereas some nails are best suited to tacking a poster to a wall, others are perfect for masonry work and other, varied applications.

Luckily, our buyers’ guide is here to help; here we give a quick introduction to a few of the screws, nails, and fittings stocked here at UK Trade Fix, and give you some idea as to what they can be used for.

Screws

Wood ScrewsWhether you’re looking to screw through a sheet of MDF or some drywall plasterboard, our selection of screws should have something to suit your requirements.

Woodscrews generally feature what’s known as a ‘coarse pitch’, which refers to the way in which the thread of the screw is more spaced out than those found on other types of screw, such as those used for sheet metal. Woodscrews are often plated in zinc, which provides protection from the elements, protecting the screw from rusting. However, if the screw is used outside and is scratched or scuffed, the plating may become compromised, allowing rust to penetrate the screw.

Drywall screws are perfect for either attaching a sheet of drywall to a frame, or attaching something to the drywall itself. For attaching a drywall to a frame, a screw with the ability to penetrate the metal ‘channel’ (usually found between the wooden frames) may be necessary. Our drywall screws are also separated into ‘loose’ or ‘collated’ categories, with collated being suitable for use with a correlated screw gun.

Other types of screw on offer include concrete screws (featuring a less coarse pitch than a woodscrew), and decking screws, amongst others.

Nails

NailsThe type of nail you’ll need depends on the job at hand. For fixing trim, such as skirting boards, to walls, brad nails are a good choice. These can either be used with or without a nail gun, and are ideal for ‘tacking’ a piece of wood or trim to the wall or onto a frame. Another good multi-purpose nail is the clout nail, also known as a roofing nail, which features a broad, flat top; they're perfect for a wide range of tasks, including fastening sheets of material, such as roofing or metal, to a wooden frame.

Fixing plugs

Fixing PlugsWhen attaching something to an interior or exterior wall, such as a shelf or a light fitting, it’s often better to use a fixing plug - also referred to as a wall plug - beforehand. When using these, it’s first necessary to drill a hole in the wall with the same thickness and depth as the wall plug. Then the wall plug is inserted into the hole. When the screw is screwed into the wall plug, the plug expands, anchoring itself into the wall and strengthening the fixture. The type of wall plug you’ll need depends on the length and width of the screw being used.

Still struggling with a screw loose? In need of more information? Feel free to contact us with any questions. Call us on 01706 390626 or get in touch via social media, we are constantly active on Twitter and Facebook.

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