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Question A 'screw'y question...

Good morning! I'm new to both this forum and to woodworking. I haven't built anything since I was a kid (I'm mid-40's now). I've recently gotten interested in trying my hand at building stuff out of wood. So I've got a really 'newbie' kind of question...

I decided to build an outside planter-box from plans in a book. So, I made a parts list and went shopping. I'm having a hard time finding the screws! It calls for #6x2" and #6x2.5" galvanized flathead wood screws. This is an old book; has terminology/products changed? Or am I just not looking in the right places? I've looked at Lowe's, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and True Value. Came close at True Value! They had boxes of screws labeled as 'galvanized flathead wood screws', but nothing smaller than #9. Is there some other type of screw I can use in place of galvanized? Alot of the lumber in the project is pressure-treated.

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post #2 of 10 Old 05-19-2011, 08:10 AM
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Dave...screws have come a long way. Deck screws arent galvanized anymore, but have a ceramic coating. The problem will be getting a #6. As you pointed out most are #9. They should be fine to use though you may need to predrill because of the larger diameter.

You could also try stainless steel screws. SS trim screws are smaller in diameter and come in a few different lengths.
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What? There are #6 screws everwhere....black, galvanized, coated, philips head, square head, just about anything you can think of is available. But they are not typically called wood screws today, either construction screws or dry wall screws.
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What? There are #6 screws everwhere....black, galvanized, coated, philips head, square head, just about anything you can think of is available. But they are not typically called wood screws today, either construction screws or dry wall screws.
He is looking for galvanized screws (like deck screws). Stainless will also work if that style screw comes in those lengths and are #6. IMO, for those lengths #6 seems too puny.








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I just built a raised-bed planter, and I found that stainless deck screws were easiest to find. I also made it out of cedar decking, so the screws seemed appropriate.
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What? There are #6 screws everwhere....black, galvanized, coated, philips head, square head, just about anything you can think of is available. But they are not typically called wood screws today, either construction screws or dry wall screws.
I wouldn't think drywall screws would work since this is for an outdoor application. And I haven't been able to find any #6 screws in the lengths I mentioned at all.
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Thanks for the replies everyone! At least I know it's not just 'me' when I can't find #6x2 galvanized screws! I'll just get some thicker screws in the lengths I need and/or look for SS screws.

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Try this place. If they don't have the size you're looking for, you probably don't need it.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Try this place. If they don't have the size you're looking for, you probably don't need it.
Ummm... try what place? A link seems to be missing from your message...

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