I was recently at a home center in desperate search of wood screws in large quantities (our local woodworking stores close far too early…or I work too late). All the home center had available in wood screws was two boxes of 50. That is not a large quantity when one is screwing kitchen cabinets together, adding drawer slides, etc. So I grabbed a hardware-area customer service person and asked if he had wood screws available in bulk, or any more boxes of 50 in stock.
No, he said, followed by: “Here’s a box of drywall screws; they’re exactly the same.”
Now I know how much people like to be lectured about their mistakes…so I tried to restrain myself. I tried, but out slipped, “No, no they aren’t.” He gave me a “look,” shrugged and said, “whatever,” then walked away.
It reminded me of two things:
This Nick Offerman clip and this article on wood screws vs. drywall screws that Glen D. Huey wrote some years back for Woodworking Magazine. So today, I posted the article free for you…and for the guy at the home center. Whatever.
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