Use Wax For A Screw

I use a lot of small hinges on projects and often have trouble with the screws, especially when it’s brass hinges and screws. I’ve snapped off quite a few brass screw heads because of too much tension.

Besides the obvious drilling pilot holes for the screws, there’s a quick and easy step for effortless driving.

Apply a little wax, whether it’s paraffin wax or wax from a tea light, to the threads of the screw. It acts like a lubricant and you’ll be able to drive the screw with relative ease.

The picture below shows a well-used piece of paraffin wax. It’s been used on drawer sides and runners, hence the groove in the middle.

Published in: on March 11, 2010 at 2:13 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. A good (and very cheap) source of wax for screws is a wax toilet bowl ring (unused, of course). $.99 gets enough to last for 20 years.

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