About two years ago, this guy at the lumberyard hands me a 6-in.-long screw and a 12-volt cordless drill. “Try this,” he says, pointing at a block of Douglas fir. I think, “No pilot hole? No way.” But the screw spun right into the wood—without much groaning from the drill. Just like magic.I haven’t used a lag screw since that day, for deck ledgers or anything else. Although structural screws are thinner than lag screws, they have just as much strength as lags because they’re made from better steel. My only complaint about them is the price—they cost about four times as much as lag screws.Structural screws are available at most home centers, although the brand I like best (GRK) is sold only at lumberyards and online. For retail sources and details, go to grkfasteners.com.--Gary Wentz, senior editor
I've read allot about these structural screws, but have not had the opportunity to try them yet, they seem to speed up any job by eliminating the need to drill pilot holes and the strength seems to be it's strong factor, I am planning to rebuild a deck soon and look forward to using them, hopefully my drill and hands will benefit from the reduced workload.
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