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Black hardware installation tricks and tips

Discussion in 'The DIY Tool Shed' started by eallen, Feb 27, 2021.

  1. eallen

    eallen Friend of Leo's

    Jul 30, 2013
    Bargersville/Indianapolis, Indiana
    For all the years I have been building I still hate it when people request black hardware. It's not because of the look. It is because of how easily the finish on screws, nuts, and washers can be marred during installation. Anyone else but me?

    I have my nut driver ends dipped in thin plastic, coat screwdriver tips along with them obviously being in top condition, put tape on the top of washers where the nut driver might contact. I am particular about screw head recesses looking factory perfect so I will dab a light coat of paint in them if they aren't after install.

    So let's hear it. What are your tips and tricks you have used?
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2021
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  2. JL_LI

    JL_LI Friend of Leo's

    May 20, 2017
    Long Island, NY
    High quality lens tissue, the kind used for cleaning microscope lenses, is soft and strong. The fibers are very long making it resistant to tearing. Set the screw in place. Place a small square of lens tissue over it. A screwdriver or hex wrench will still fit. Insert it carefully and don’t over tighten. Use a magnifying visor or the magnifier from a soldering station if you have trouble seeing the slot or hole.
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