The Drilling Tip Every DIYer Needs to Know

Wood screws are almost always easier to drive and less likely to split if you drill pilot holes first, especially near the end of a board.

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What’s the correct pilot hole size?

Wood screws are almost always easier to drive and less likely to split if you drill pilot holes first, especially near the end of a board. But what size hole should you make? For screws, the diameter of the drill bit for the pilot hole should match the inner diameter of the screw—not the screw’s threads. The easiest way to check this is to hold a drill bit up against a screw with the drill bit eclipsing the screw so only the threads show. Learn how to drive screws perfectly here.

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When you’re ready to start your project, be sure your drill bits and screws are at the ready with this simple trick:

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