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Derek's struggle with screwing into new oak railway sleepers

23 March 2016

Derek's struggle with screwing into new oak railway sleepers

WHAT A SLOG! One of the tough things about using oak railway sleepers, apart from their weight, is their inevitable hardness. This naturally makes them an impressive & durable hardwood, but it also makes them frustrating to drill into it or cut. Derek eventually discovered, like many before him, that pre-drilling is the only effective way of driving screws into oak, without getting them stuck or snapping them, which is a real hassle. Our suggestion for Timberlok screws is to always pre-drill a 6mm pilot hole through oak railway sleepers before driving the screw in. Much easier. And gives you much more time to enjoy your vegetables!
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