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Lousy screw guides

Al Corelli
Al Corelli Member Posts: 454
Real sheetrock screws are too brittle.


  • Ken C.
    Ken C. Member Posts: 267
    They don't last long at all

    I’ve had it with lousy screw guides (I’m talking about an accessory for a cordless drill/driver) that don’t seem to last more than a few weeks before the slide barrel falls off, jams stuck or loses its rubber grip. In the past, I’ve bought DeWalt screw guides, and would get a few months use out of them before they broke.

    Lately, though, they only last two weeks before they start falling apart – no exaggeration. I know they’re only five bucks each, but it adds up quick. I think it’s ridiculous that a screw guide will only last two weeks before starting to fall apart. Last time, I tried a different brand (Ryobi), but that one is falling apart just as quick.

    Does anyone know who makes a more durable screw guide than DeWalt? Or am I just doing something wrong? (Should I be lubricating them?) I don’t put them through heavy use, just to drive drywall screws for hanging copper pipe clips and PVC Natick hangers.
  • J.C.A._3
    J.C.A._3 Member Posts: 2,981
    Let the sacrilage ensue, but.....

    Craftsman make a decent guide, and it's garanteed for a while to boot. I know the peanut gallery will follow up on this but... I know where they are, where I can get replacements and where there are rarely questions about resupplying them. (sad but true!)

    BTW, I get all my "speed screw" drivers from my father, who was a tin knocker for 30+years. The names on them are no longer available. USM was a big one, Malco and ATS are the others. He has a drawer full of them and that's where I go for replacements. I figure the well will run dry in about 15-20 years at the rate they self distruct.Magnetic too! Chris
  • Ron Schroeder_3
    Ron Schroeder_3 Member Posts: 254
    screw guides

    My local big box store carries square drive screws and bits to match. This way you need no more screw guides. If you ask nicely I might be talked into sourcing some screws and drivers for you...
  • Mitch_4
    Mitch_4 Member Posts: 955
    square head screw are

    called robertson screws and have beenthe staple here in Canada for years. I keep litterally thousands on my truck of all sizes to replace ANYTHING that isn't a robertson.. Makes my life a whole lot easier.

    Found some inthe USA,they were called trailer screws. because they were for the motorhomes that were made in Canada. Try em..and you'll love em like we do.

  • clammy
    clammy Member Posts: 3,092
    why dry wall screws ?

    I know what the name applies but aren,t they for dry wall .I myself was taught to hang everything with a # 10 screw wheather it's a phlips or 5/16 head is up to the user but i stick to the 5 /16 .It's probaly just me but i hate seeing things hung using drywall screws they just aren't beefy enough for me and thinging back i don't remenber seeing them on any hanger from the days of old ,they where either pan head screws for sheet metal or flat head wood screws for plates and band iron .Sorry about the rant just alot of guys use them and half the time they fall through the band iron or floor plates mounting holes peace
    R.A. Calmbacher L.L.C. HVAC
    NJ Master HVAC Lic.
    Mahwah, NJ
    Specializing in steam and hydronic heating
  • Steve Ebels_3
    Steve Ebels_3 Member Posts: 1,291

    Hilti. I think I have seen those in their catalog. Everything I own that says Hilti on it works as well as a Viessmann. How's that for a statement? (G)
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