Devon Jarvis April 25, 2014 9:00 AM Text Size: A . A . A Last weekend I was installing some 2 x 4 blocking for a bathroom cabinet, and I really struggled to drive the screws into the lumber. In fact, whenever I use drywall screws to build stuff, they break or strip. Any suggestions? I’ve tried nailing, but there’s not enough room to swing a hammer. Enough, already! Let’s just stop using drywall screws for construction. We’ve all done it. Yes, they’re cheap. Yes, we always seem to have a box or two of them handy. But they’re not multipurpose screws; they’re good for one thing, and that’s hanging drywall. They almost always snap when overtorqued or driven into hard, dry lumber. (Fact: They’re engineered to be brittle, which suits the drive-and…

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