Blue Tape Improves Your Screwing
I’m installing 12 hinges today on a collapsible bookcase and about half of them are in tight quarters where no drill can go, and screwdrivers are no picnic, either.
To make the job easier, I like to cut the screw threads in the pilot holes before assembling things. And because I have 72 screws to install before lunch, I’ll speed up the process with a drill/driver.
The screws are brass and slotted, so they don’t want to stick to the magnetic slotted bit in my drill. So I taped the screw to the bit and finished wrapping the tape at exactly the distance where I wanted to stop screwing. So the tape worked like both tape and a depth stop.
Cutting the screw threads before assembly makes a huge difference when installing brass screws, and taping the screw to the drill made 72 holes easy to do in a few minutes.
— Christopher Schwarz