If you’ve purchased and installed brass screws on any of your projects, you most likely found that small brass screw are easily broken, especially if your pilot hole is not sized correctly. I’ve even snapped brass screws because I didn’t add wax prior to installation. With the number of times you need to install and remove and re-install screws as you hang doors or add locks to your project, it’s no wonder screws are broken. Plus, if you’ve ever needed to dig out the remaining threaded shaft, you know how frustrating a snapped screw can be.
I discovered years back that driving a like-sized steel screw, then pulling it to install a brass screw worked great. What I hated was that many times I wouldn’t have the correct screws in house, so I’d venture to my local hardware store.
What does this have to do with Horton Brasses? Below is a page capture from the company for hinges similar to those I bought for the Shaker cupboard from the last issue of 360 Woodworking. Inside the red box is the important information. Kudos to Horton Brasses for including matching zinc-plated pilot screws with these hinges. Thank you! Hinge installation just got easier.