The Ins and Outs of Tek Screws

Monday, 09/22/14

If you have ever had a hand in the electrical industry, then I'm sure you have an appreciation for “self-drilling” screws, also known as Tek screws. These screws are so simple and incredibly useful. The screw contains a built-in feature that eliminates the need to pre-drill a hole; thus, removing extra steps and reducing the time it takes to complete a project.

Tek screws are quickly becoming essential pieces of hardware. Read more about Tek screws and how they are used in a range of applications below.

What are Tek Screws?

Tek screws, also known as self-drilling screws or self-tapping fasteners, are fairly common pieces of hardware. Aside from the drill tip of the screw, Tek screws look like standard screws. The tip of a Tek screw, known as the drill tip, includes a small carving piece at the end of the screw. This piece is used to establish a small hole in applications by first tapping the screw against the application before driving it in. This provides a better starting point for drilling the screw. It also saves time by eliminating the need to drill a hole before installing a screw or waiting for thread to catch.

Tek screws are versatile and made for almost any project.

What are the Available Types of Tek Screws?

There are several options in Tek screws. These screws vary by size and type to accommodate projects requiring a pre-drill hole.

Size: Size will vary similar to the way size varies for an actual drill. Tek screws are identified by the size of the drill tip. Thickness of the material being drilled and fastened dictates the length and the required drill tip.

Type: Similar to other screws, Tek screws come in a variety of types and sizes. Head styles include such as flathead, hex washer head, wafer head, pan head and other types. Many drive options are available such as Phillips, hex and square drives.

What are Tek Screws Used For?

Tek screws are commonly used in the electrical industry. Typically, these screws are used in metal-to-metal and metal-to-wood applications. The most common are used in thin metal applications such as working with steel studs.

The experts at Minerallac are eager to help you choose the best Tek screw for your project. We have the expertise to listen to your project details and guidance to lead you to the best option. Contact us today to learn more about Tek screws and other types of hardware.