What size screw should I use?
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Also, how do I know what size screw I need?
How to Determine Screw Size & Thread Count
- Lay the screw down on a flat surface.
- Place a steel rule down the axis of the screw.
- Count the number of thread gaps within 1 inch of the screw.
- Divide the count of thread gaps into the length.
- Place the screw on a flat surface.
- Lay a steel rule between two screw threads and measure across the diameter.
Additionally, what size screws should I use for framing? The most common screw for joining two-by-fours is hardened steel, structural, No. 9, 2 1/2 inches long with a Phillips head. Other screw types appropriate for studs are specialized and may be harder to find and more expensive.
Consequently, what size screws 2x4?
A 2x4 is 1-1/2 inches x 3-1/2 inches. If you're joining them face to face, that's 3 inches thick. A 3 inch long construction screw is ideal, but if you sink the screw head below the surface too far, the tip will blow out the other side.
Is a #8 or #10 screw bigger?
Machine screws are often found in sizes of: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14—the larger the number, the larger the screw.