Is my pre-drilled pilot hole too small?
I read a tip to dip the tip of the screw in soap before using, too. I don't know, but am willing to try!
"Stop screws from splitting wood as you are screwing them in. Dip the screw tip in soap before starting. You will find it tightens with ease." http://www.tipking.co.uk/tip/3511.html
Pilot hole may very well be too small.
Hold the drill bit and the screw next to each other, with the bit in front of the screw, hiding the screw.
Look at how much of the screw the drill bit is hiding, especially the threads.
That, and lubricating the screw with a bit of paraffin (wax used for canning for you who think it's a fuel used for lanterns) or hard soap, should make it easier.
Thanks! This has aided me tremendously!
With a wood screw you need to countersink the screw as well. The angled base of the screw head splits the wood apart. You can get a hand countersink at Harbor Freight, or the big box stores sell countersinks that can be chucked into a drill. Of the two, I recommend the hand countersink because it's a bit faster.
If you don't countersink the holes you'll split the wood out every time.
But I did get a countersink kit for the drill - works AWESOMELY! Thanks! No split wood thus far!
Here is a reference chart for choosing the right pilot hole for the right screw size.
Wood Screw Pilot Hole Sizes
hello, maybe you guru's can help this diy guy.
Pre-drilling the holes should prevent or minimize splitting. The quality of wood could be a factor as well. Another trick to prevent splitting with nails is to use a hammer to tap the pointed end of the nail to a blunt point.
Something else to be careful of is where you drive the nail. The closer you get to the endgrain the more prevalent splitting will be.
Posts that weren't properly dried will split, and your nail just makes a convenient starting point. Some species, such as Douglas Fir, are naturally predisposed to splitting. Which makes it great for working in some contexts, but terrible in others.