Aimed at: All discerning screw users, especially professionals.
Pros: Choose the exact screw you need from the huge TiteFix range to do the perfect job.
One of the reasons why I started to explore the different kinds of screws on the market was because of an interesting tool show discussion I had a couple of years back with Michael Wilkinson, MD of Tite-Fix Ltd. It soon became clear to me that not only did he have excellent practical and theoretical knowledge of how screws work, he could also demonstrate the various screw-based problems and then give you a solution by choosing a product from Tite-Fix’s huge range.
Tite-Fix was generous enough to send me a box of screws that encompassed 24 different types of screws in various sizes, finishes and drive combinations. The range convinced me that choosing the correct screws can be a simple job as long as you have a few facts at your command. Take these bits of pithy advice from Michael himself, and I am sure you will agree that they make absolute sense: -
“As for the types of drive, Pozi is good as long as the bits fit the recess correctly. We use the drive that suits the screw. Tongue-Tite® has a lost countersunk head and a Torx works best here”.
“Deck-Tite® Plus is A4 stainless steel and is often driven in with an impact driver so we use a No.2 Square drive”.
“Timber-Tite® is a heavy duty screw where Torx suits”.
“On our premium brand multi-purpose Screw-Tite® we use Pozi because in our experience the end-user prefers this, and it is still by far the most widely used recess”.
“I prefer a good Pozi drive. Torx is poor on start-up but works well once the screw has started”.
Tite-Fix has based its range of screws on the “Tri-Lock” threadform and judging by the number of national and international awards the company has won, it has been a great success.
I had a particular problem to solve recently when replacing a series of internal doors so I chose some Hinge-Tite screws. The plain coated brass countersunk screws were easy to centre and start, and were driven into the hinge countersinks, leaving a flush surface between screw and hinge. I hate the fact that so many standard screws do not seat well because of the self countersinking ribs underneath the head. Another issue is that the heads are often too big to fit the hinges – often caused by the fact that the heads have been designed for power driving and are therefore a bit meatier.
For a more sophisticated finish on window fittings and high quality hardware, the chromed, slightly domed Hinge-Tite screws are perfect. Again, the choice is yours to make the job easy and the clients happy.
From specialist to generalist now. The award winning Screw-Tite screws are excellent all-rounders available from 12 to 150mm long in various gauges. The Tri-Lock shank means that it is easy to start with less damage to the timber surface. There is also less likelihood of splitting the edge if you start close to it with these screws.
For flooring – whether it be decking, tongue and groove, chipboard or composites – there is a fantastic choice from the Tite-Fix range. The Tongue –Tite for example has a tiny head that is easily lost into the tongue of a floorboard for a concealed fixing into which the groove can be slotted. Outside? – simple. Just choose the stainless steel variant and you get a free driver bit in the box too.
The above examples are a fraction of Tite-Fix range. While I didn’t get to use all of my Tite-Fix samples, you can bet that I will, eventually, in the course of various jobs. It is simply very satisfying to have the work go well because you chose the best screw for the job – whether it be finish, head size or driving head.
So, I come back to my point that not all screws are equal - a shrewd choice of screws for your fixing jobs will not only be more effective, it will also save you time, money and hassle as well.