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    I had to install a few 4x6 beam hangers to support posts above for a large opening. Unfortunately I didn't plan well and had a very difficult installation since I was about an 1 1/2" from a adjoining blocks on one side. I installed the hanger using Simpson structural screws however even using a socket wrench because of the angles I was having a heck of a time turning the screws.

    I've never used soap or wax on a wood screw before, I didn't have any bees wax but I did have some hotel soap which I scraped on to the screws threads and voila the screws went in like budda.

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    You know what works really well?... the wax seal used for toilet flanges.

    CWS

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    • Mightyservant
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      Excellent, thanks for the tip.

  • #3
    My preference is to drill a pilot hole, but that doesn't sound possible in the situation you describe with limited access. Good thinking to use any soap or lubricant that was available.

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    • Mightyservant
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      Yea, even with a right angle drill I couldn’t physically get a drill in the space. I nearly gave up and almost began demoing the blocking that was in the way. But it’s under my floor in a crawl space and I really didn’t want to go through that again.

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    If you do go the lube route be careful how much you use as it can interfere with your finish or stain the wood over time.
    A little dab will do ya as they used to say. :-)
    "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

    https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

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    • Mightyservant
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      No question especially with stickier stuff. I sort of also wonder about pull strength a little. It probably seems ridiculous but I do think about how much more easily a screw with pull out that's been lubricated.
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