How to Use Tek Screws
Tek screws are among the most popular screw types, and for a very good reason — they are a broad category that includes many different self-drilling screws. Tek screws are commonly used in the electrical industry and other service jobs where there’s a need to attach metal to metal or wood to wood. Tek screws are especially helpful when you are fastening in volume. Naturally, the self-drilling nature of Tek screws makes the work go much faster.
If you’re considering Tek screws for an upcoming job, here’s a look at what they are, how to use them, as well as the different types of Tek screws you can find.
What Are Tek Screws?
Tek screws are incredibly common due to their self-drilling or self-tapping nature. Whether you’re a service contractor or a do-it-yourself enthusiast, time is precious — and Tek screws help you save time.
Each Tek screw features a carving piece on its tip, which is what makes self-drilling possible. This means you don’t need to create a pilot hole before the fastener, and it also means your work moves forward efficiently.
Plus, Tek screws are versatile. While they are often used in the electrical industry, you can apply them to almost any project where a Tek screw’s self-drilling ability will be helpful.
The Ins and Outs of Using Tek Screws
The best way to use a Tek screw is with an electric screwdriver or drill. You can choose to create a pilot hole, which will ensure your Tek screw goes in straight. Just make sure your pilot hole is slightly smaller than the Tek screw, or else the screw’s grooves won’t be able to catch.
Many choose not to drill pilot holes, though, as one of the significant benefits of using Tek screws is that you don’t need to. Still, drive Tek screws as slowly as possible, which will help them drive straight even without a pilot hole. Tighten the screw, but make sure it’s not too tight. Tightening too much can lead to the head stripping, which will make it difficult to remove the Tek screw if necessary.
Different Types of Tek Screw
You’ll find a wide range of diverse types of Tek screws. Your application is unique, which is why you need to find a Tek screw that’s well-suited for the job. Some of your options will include:
- Low-Profile Tek Screws: Low-profile Tek screws are perfect when you need to limit how far the screw’s head protrudes from its hole.
- Hex Head Tek Screws: Hex heads always provide greater stability during installation. Find Tek screws with hex heads when you’re engaged in roofing and other applications that require self-drilling through aluminum or other metals.
- Pan Head Tek Screws: Pan head Tek screws are perfect for light-duty applications, and they diminish the need to create a pilot hole.
This is just a sampling of the many types of Tek screws available on the market. Once you understand the job at hand, you’ll be able to identify the perfect Tek screw for completing the task effectively and efficiently.
Get the Tek Screws You Need at All Points Fasteners
Are you wondering: What is the use of a Tek screw? When using Tek screws, you enjoy speed, efficiency and stability that isn’t always available with other types of screws. Now that you know how to use Tek screws, it’s time to find the perfect products.
At All Points Fasteners, we carry a massive selection of fastening solutions — Tek screws included. When you choose All Points as your fastener supplier, you can always count on competitive pricing, high-quality products and industry-leading customer service and support.
Find the Tek screws you need for your next job today. Contact us if you have any questions.
Tek Screws (Self-Drilling Screws) Review and Buying Guide
Self-drilling screws are not very new to the world of fasteners.
Because there are many names for the same part, it can end up being very confusing. They are not much different than standard screws but come with distinct features that make them standout clearly from the rest. They are of different types and each type has its specific role to play.
The following are some of the common types and how and when they are used:
- Bi-metal and stainless steel- tek screws made of this type of material is primarily used for fastening in situations where products made of stainless steel are required. Other situations it can be used include fitting steel to steel, stitching of casing panels as well as fixing composites or timber to aluminum.
- Type 17 point – Also known as an auger point can be used to join together profile metal sheets and timber purlins or cement sheets to light sections steel and timber.
- Heating & ventilation screws – 8×1/2 hex washer head self-tapping needlepoint and self-drilling screws are the most popular. is very simple; manufacture and assembly of air conditioning systems as well as ducting.
- Hex head for heavy steel – if you are out to fix steel to steel, this head style will be ideal for use as well as when fastening general components and liner panels to steel. They are also good for fixing roofing applications and cladding to both cold and hot rolled rails and purlins.
- Hex head for light steel – this head style is also good to fix steel to steel, fasten general components and liner panels to steel in addition to fixing roofing applications and cladding to both cold and hot rolled rails and purlins.
- Metal framing – these self-drilling screws are primarily used to fix any steel to steel even though there are many other options available. But, that is the main purpose of the screws.
- Stitching screws – as the name suggests, use these screws to stitch cladding panels.
- Reamer tek screw – if there are any composites and timber to fix to steel, these will be the ideal screws to use for accomplishing that. They are also good for fastening timber to thick steel sections including situations where normal tek screws cannot be used with very hard steels.
- Zinc coated – these are another type of screws to consider and are ideal for fastening in situations where you will not require high end corrosion resistant coating. Use them also when fixing composites and timber to steel.
- Composite panel fasteners – use these screws to fix roofing applications and cladding to both cold and hot rolled rails and purlins. Other applicable situations are when fastening general components and liner panels to very heavy steel.With all these types, the next big thing will be making out how to make the right purchase. You must be in a position of choosing the ideal screws to help accomplish the task you have at hand. If you are not well informed on how to go about your purchase process, it might end up in frustrations once you are stuck. Regardless of whether you are buying your screws from an online store or physical store, you must ensure everything is thorough.
Plan your purchase well
When you are looking for a quote, you should be ready to supply the following information:
- Head style-is it a hex head? If so, what size hex head will you be using? (1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″)or do you need something to go flush? There are all types of head styles to fit the type of job.
What size shank will the screw need? The shank is the thickness of the screw. (#6, #8, #10, #12, #14). Keep in mind, the higher the number, the thicker the shank.
- How long is the screw? Very important. You would measure from underneath the head to the tip of the screw.
- What does the point look like? Is it sharp? Does it look like a drill bit? Does it have a groove at the end? Let the salesperson know what
you will be using it for and they can help you decide. Are you going through metal, wood?
- Will a zinc plated screw work for you? Or do you need stainless? copper? If it’s stainless, do you want magnetic, or non-magnetic?
- How many do you want and how quickly do you need them? Remember in the case of painted screws, there is a lead time for painting, so please get your quote early.
Ask questions! Your sales people are there to help you. Whoever you are working with will want to get you the right screw at the right price. All business is designed for customer satisfaction. Nobody wants an unhappy customer. Doesn’t matter if you are a one time customer or a regular account, your sales person wants to make you happy.
Hope this helps you in your pursuit of choosing a fastener. Whether you are a contractor, purchasing agent for an OEM or a DIY guy/girl, we hope this information help you choose the right screw for the job!
What Do All the Numbers Mean?
Did you ever read the label and wonder what all the numbers represented? Well, here’s your decoder ring!
Example: 12-24 X 7/8 Hex Washer Head Self Drilling #3 Drill Bit
12 – Represents the thickness of the shank. Think dress size. The bigger the number, the thicker the shank.
24 – Represents the number of Threads per Inch also known as TPI. The higher the number, the finer the threads, which are best used in metal applications. The fewer the threads per inch, the coarser the threads, the faster the screw will drive and are the preferred threading for wood applications or wood studs.
7/8 – measurement from underneath the head to the tip of the screw. In the case of flat headed screws, the length is measured from the top of the screw to the point.
#3 Drill Bit – Drill bit tips range from #2 to #5. They do not represent the size of the hole that they will drill but do represent the thickness of metal they will drive through. But we will save that for another tip!
Self-Drilling (Tek® Screw) Primer – It’s All About Education
Sharing our knowledge of commercial fasteners such as self-drilling screws, also known as Tek® screws, with contractors is important to us.
Based on years of experience having to match screw requirements with nothing more than descriptive word phrases, we knew the primer teaching contractors how distributors call out fastener specs would be beneficial and probably save not only time but money when ordering screws.
And we know that the more information we arm contractors with on the screws they could be using to improve their business, the more we will be contributing to their success.
So, All Points Fasteners is all about presenting solutions that solve real problems for contractors.
Building Relationships One Call At a Time
I find that when I call a potential customer to introduce our zip screws and tek screws, the very first concern I have is recognizing the value of their time. An understanding of that principal is an important key to being a conscientious sales person.
We live in a fast-paced world, and the necessity for commerce, not to mention the level of competition in the market-place, can make it very easy to lose contact with the human touch. But, when we get right down to it, most people want the same thing: To be treated fairly, and with respect.
When I receive any sort of interruption in my daily routine, such as receiving a sales call, it throws me off of my current track. So, the first thing I have to wonder is… is this other track a track I’d like to be on? I have to understand that this may be the sort of thing that other potential clients or customers ask themselves, when they first get on the phone with me, during their busy day.
I started with this company, because I recognized its’ value to the customers, to the marketplace, and to me. I do the best I can to extend that trust and availability to each and every person I speak with on the phone, whether it be for the first time, or for the hundredth. What makes this job a priority to me, and to my customers, is knowing that I’m supplying a steady, quality product to the heating and air conditioning industry (among other industries) at a reasonable rate.
But, there’s more to my job, than that! I like getting to know people. In our instant gratification, transient society, it’s often essential to tap into a customer’s needs, while also respecting their time. But, sometimes, the ‘red tape’ can get in the way. That’s why building relationships with my customers is what I do.
But, I’m always happy to make them smile, before and after the fact! A smile and a laugh during a long, busy workday can go a long way towards rejuvenating the energy of all involved. I’m proud of the fact that our customers trust me enough to place some of their company needs and information in my hands. After those needs are met, I will check in on a routine basis, to make sure that those needs are continually met.
I hope I get a chance to extend a warm welcome from our company to yours!
~ Rebecca Marcotulli, New Account Specialist
Zip Screws And Tek Screws, Watch Out!
We’re excited to introduce our New Account Specialist, Rebecca Marcotulli. Rebecca oversees developing new accounts with potential clients, with the intent of procuring new business relationships with businesses that use zip screws and tek screws. This position was designed specifically with Rebecca’s unique talents in mind. Her job description entails contacting potential buyers and qualifying their specific fastener needs.
Rebecca has over 15 years of experience with “cold calling”, and has always had a knack for building a rapport with people she’s just been introduced to. This proficiency with creating immediate friendships with strangers was most likely facilitated and developed through interaction with her father’s 35 years of experience in telecommunications.
One amusing anecdote is how her father would occasionally put her on the phone at 6 or 7 years of age, where Rebecca would parrot what she’d heard her father say time and time again to prospective customers: “Frank, I hope you’re sitting down, because I’ve got a price that’s gonna knock you off your feet”, etc. Buyers were often amused by this pint sized, new addition to the conversation.
In lieu of her somewhat eccentric, “Traveling Salesman” sort of background, we’ve created a position for her unique talents. Rebecca is also a talented musician and singer/songwriter, and her consistently outgoing attitude has made her a valued, new addition to our team.
Zip Screws And Tek Screws, watch out! Becca’s come to town!
We Love Discounted Screw Pricing – Don’t You?
Well, it only took two and ½ months, but our website for quality screws, featuring needlepoints (aka zip screws) and self-drilling screws (aka tek screws), has gone through its facelift and we re-launched last week!
While designing the new site, we struggled with the decision as to whether we should include pricing on our site. In fact, we already received a few calls asking us why we didn’t include pricing. We discussed the idea and couldn’t come up with a way that would provide each and every customer the BEST pricing we could give them by using a standardized website price as we could with giving them individualized pricing. When companies determine “one size fit’s all’ pricing” for their websites, they need to pack enough profit in their price to cover the expenses for their most costly order (product, business overhead, shipping and handling).
We feel that our customers would rather receive all the possible discounts they qualify for rather than have us pad our pricing.
Before making this decision, we researched and determined that our pricing was much more affordable than the screw sites we found that listed pricing online. In addition, by having qualified, experienced staff available to assist you in determining the best product for your application, you get the benefit of competitive pricing and being sure that whatever screw you order, zip screw, tek screw or other type of fastener, will work for what you need. Besides, we don’t know how YOU feel, but WE love having a person to speak with when we have questions about a product!
“The Smallest Detail”
The smallest detail can have the largest impact. At All Points Fasteners , attention is given to every detail, especially small ones; your project deserves our attention to details and our knowledgeable customer service. Just go online and ask The Screw Lady!
We specialize in self-tapping Tek® screws for the air conditioning and heating industries; we are one of the first companies to return to the old style, high profile (hi hat) self drilling screws, with serrations underneath the head. Our customers return time and time again for these quality parts. And our copper plated stainless needlepoint screws are a favorite of gutter installers. Check out our large line of quality fasteners.
Think how crucial a small detail can be to your industry or project’s success. Years ago – on January 28, 1986, an ill-fitting O-Ring brought the National Air and Space Agency (NASA) to its knees. Our nation watched in stunned disbelief as the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart almost immediately after it launched.
Wikipedia describes the technological failure: “Disintegration of the entire vehicle began after an O-ring seal in its right solid rocket booster (SRB) failed at liftoff. The O-ring failure caused a breach in the SRB joint it sealed, allowing pressurized hot gas from within the solid rocket motor to reach the outside and impinge upon the adjacent SRB attachment hardware and external fuel tank. This led to the separation of the right-hand SRBs aft attachment and the structural failure of the external tank. Aerodynamic forces promptly broke up the orbiter.”
The smallest detail can have the largest impact. Seven crew members lost their lives, the Shuttle Program was grounded for years and the Rogers Commission was established to investigate the disaster. Other space flight projects were disaffected and ignored including the nine year journey of the spacecraft Voyager 2’s Encounter with Uranus occurring the same week as the Shuttle disaster. Hard questions were being asked about small details and other deserving projects were cast in the shadow of doubt.
At All Points Fasteners , we specialize in the details; we listen to all of you questions, answer with authority and experience, and offer you only the finest product. Our customer testimonials speak for us!
Dale Gibson – Gibson Ranch:
“My entire ranch was built with All Points Fasteners screws… wouldn’t use anything else!”
Nanci – Sanchez Heating & Air:
“My guys don’t have any complaints and that’s the most important thing. The quality is consistent which is why we won’t change!”
Sue Murphy – Iowa Boys, Vintage Trailer Repair Shop – Acton, CA
“I just wanted to thank you for such quick service on my order. It is so nice to call and speak with someone who knows their products so well. You got us exactly what we needed and shipped so quick.”
We remember the Challenger tragedy this month and the brave souls who perished. We all learned a lesson that day about the infinite importance of small details.