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Difficulty Drilling Pocket Holes and Screws In ACQ Treated Pine
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Drilling pockets holes in ACQ Treated Pine should be relatively easy, but I need to exert an enormous amount of pressure in order to drill to the depth collar. I'm using a Kreg drill bit.  Since it…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Melrose Mar 8.

 

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Robert Melrose replied to Mark Schwartz's discussion 'Difficulty Drilling Pocket Holes and Screws In ACQ Treated Pine'
"This may sound silly but is the drill turning in the right direction? Clockwise? There's no reason that a treated board should drill that hard unless the bit is dull or broken."
Mar 8
Ken Darga replied to Mark Schwartz's discussion 'Difficulty Drilling Pocket Holes and Screws In ACQ Treated Pine'
""Strip-out" herein means that the screws threads no longer grip into the joining member. The point of a Type 17 screw, which are the type of screws that are marketed by Kreg, and OEM's Type 17 screws have a…"
Mar 7
Mark Schwartz replied to Mark Schwartz's discussion 'Difficulty Drilling Pocket Holes and Screws In ACQ Treated Pine'
"Robert - Thank you for your reply. I'm using a brand new Kreg bit from the Kreg K4 Master.  I have the correct measurements for stop collar the 1 1/4 thick board I'm practicing on. I practicing on joining a face grain with another…"
Mar 7
Mark Schwartz replied to Mark Schwartz's discussion 'Difficulty Drilling Pocket Holes and Screws In ACQ Treated Pine'
"Ken - Thank you for your follow-up reply. I've researched to the term strip-out and could not find a meaningful definition. I will presume strip-out refers to a situation where the thread formation in the wood created by the screws are…"
Mar 7
Robert Melrose replied to Mark Schwartz's discussion 'Difficulty Drilling Pocket Holes and Screws In ACQ Treated Pine'
"Sounds like the bit is dull/broken. If it wasn't before it certainly is now that it's been heated like that. Make sure you are using the correct settings on the jig and correct stop collar position. How are you joining the boards? End…"
Mar 7
Ken Darga replied to Mark Schwartz's discussion 'Difficulty Drilling Pocket Holes and Screws In ACQ Treated Pine'
"Mark, Perhaps the driving tool torque was to high, that resulted in strip-out. Start with a lower torque setting, and do the final seating of the screw using a hand-tool. When the screws bottoms out, you should be able to give it a "quarter…"
Mar 7
Mark Schwartz replied to Mark Schwartz's discussion 'Difficulty Drilling Pocket Holes and Screws In ACQ Treated Pine'
"Glen, thank you for your suggestions. I actually did use a corded drill. It was the only method that I was able to drill the pocket holes, but i still needed to exert extreme pressure in order to get the holes drilled. Once the holes were drilled,…"
Mar 7
Ken Darga replied to Mark Schwartz's discussion 'Difficulty Drilling Pocket Holes and Screws In ACQ Treated Pine'
"I've found most drill bit cutting edges, are not keenly sharpened. I touch-up the cutting edge, using a machinist "diamond files", to obtain a honed edge. (xtra-fine (1200) diamond grit gives a keenly sharpened edge). I've…"
Mar 7
Glen S replied to Mark Schwartz's discussion 'Difficulty Drilling Pocket Holes and Screws In ACQ Treated Pine'
"Just a thought. Are you sure your drill was set on high speed? Did you try a corded drill? I've found that a corded drill works much better for me. One other thing is do your very best at keeping the bit going straight thru the bushings &…"
Mar 7
Mark Schwartz replied to Mark Schwartz's discussion 'Difficulty Drilling Pocket Holes and Screws In ACQ Treated Pine'
"Ken, thank you for you reply. I actually had done what you suggested - clearing out the wood chips. But that action did not ameliorate the problem. The drill basically was going nowhere unless I exerted extreme pressure."
Mar 6
Ken Darga replied to Mark Schwartz's discussion 'Difficulty Drilling Pocket Holes and Screws In ACQ Treated Pine'
"Clean out the wood chips often during the drilling process. (I believe the instructions furnished with the tool, advises this). Lift the drill bit up from the bottom of the hole, so as to allow the drill bit flutes to carry out the wood…"
Mar 6
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Difficulty Drilling Pocket Holes and Screws In ACQ Treated Pine

Drilling pockets holes in ACQ Treated Pine should be relatively easy, but I need to exert an enormous amount of pressure in order to drill to the depth collar. I'm using a Kreg drill bit.  Since it takes such pressure and a long time to drill down to the depth collar, the pocket hole being drill heats up tremendously and I need to stop every few second to allow the hole to cool down.After I drilled the holes, I used 2 1/2 inch coarse threaded screws to join the two pieces.  In addition, again,…See More
Mar 6

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