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We were talking today, and trying to figure out why flat head screws aren't illegal, or at the very least, why are they still produced when so many far superior drive of screw are produced today? Does anyone like a flat head screw?
 

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You can still get more torque off them than you could with a philips head. Square and torque are nice too.
 

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I find myself using the brass variety for small stuff with brass hinges. I learned long ago to always use a steel Phillips screw of the same size to create the threads in wood. I also wax the brass before it gets driven in. I hate 'em.
Every time I work on an old door, I'm amazed that the guy who installed it 100 years ago in white oak didn't mess up the edge of the slot.
Did I mention I hate 'em?
 

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Really? There is less surface area...
You are looking at it wrong. With the flathead the screw driver tip is going across the whole area of the top of the screw. That gives maximum torque.
 

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Chris, for your knowledge, around here he do things different, call things by the name they are! NOT like "most people" do. A flat head is flat, a round head is rounded, bugle head/like it states, etc.. I am sorry that I misunderstood your lingo, just trying to help out, MY BAD!
Won't do it again!
 

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Dave in Pa said:
Chris, for your knowledge, around here he do things different, call things by the name they are! NOT like "most people" do. A flat head is flat, a round head is rounded, bugle head/like it states, etc.. I am sorry that I misunderstood your lingo, just trying to help out, MY BAD!
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Sorry Dave, thought you were being a smart a$$. I assumed everyone would know what I was talking about when I said flat head screw.
 

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Well...I would tend to agree with Dave about the flat head. I knew what you were saying though.

Flat head screw driver...slotted screw. A flat head screw can be slotted, phillips, square, torx, etc.

The old slotted screws are extremely popular here for the older homes. You just ruin the home with modern hardware if you are working on something 150 years old.
 

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Kent Whitten said:
Well...I would tend to agree with Dave about the flat head. I knew what you were saying though.

Flat head screw driver...slotted screw. A flat head screw can be slotted, phillips, square, torx, etc.

The old slotted screws are extremely popular here for the older homes. You just ruin the home with modern hardware if you are working on something 150 years old.
And there it is. The only reason for slotted screws. Again my apologies to Dave. I honestly didn't think anyone would interpret flat head screw as anything else.
 
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