What Are Self-tapping Screws and How Do I Use Them?

Last Updated on July 1, 2020 by Marsh Fasteners

Self-tapping screws have sky-rocketed in popularity over the last few years. This is because they promise maximum convenience when compared to many other types of screws. Essentially, self-tapping screws have the ability to drill their own little tunnels when screwed into a multitude of surfaces, including surfaces made of wood, plastic, and metal.

  • The Benefits of Self-Tapping Screws 

Not only do self-tapping screws make the installation process endlessly easier, but they also make the disassembling process simpler. They are, therefore, the perfect choice to use with regard to products that you need to maintain on a regular basis, such as air-conditioning units, where you need to disassemble and reassemble the item along the same threads.

  • The Type of Self-Tapping Screws Available 

Different self-tapping screws come with different tips. For example, you may be able to find self-tapping screws with sharp tips that allow for effortless piercing, as well as self-tapping screws with flat, blunt tips. The screws with the sharp tips are the ones that can drill their own tunnels and are created to be used in softer materials like plastic and wood. Flat-tipped self-tapping screws will often require the pre-drilling of a pilot hole to allow for easy, accurate insertion. 

  • How to Use Self-Tapping Screws 

As mentioned, depending on the type of self-tapping screws and on the material in question, it may be wise to drill a pilot hole before attempting to place the screws. In this instance, always use a smaller drill bit than the self-tapping screw itself. From there, make sure the screw is positioned straight before proceeding to screw it into place with a screwdriver (electric and hand-held screwdrivers are both fine to use). Tighten as needed. 

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