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Guys I fell in love with pocket holes ever since I discovered them here . I'm finding another use for my Kreg pocket hole jig at every turn . I gotta say they seem strong as all heck too.
Question , in the past I have been putting the screws in with my drill or my impact . I couldnt use my impact (which is shorter) very well since the boards are to close, so I started putting the screws in by hand .
I'm finding there not that difficult at all with a screw driver , and find I get a much better feel for them when they bottom out . So I was wondering how others install the screws, with a drill or by hand ?
I suspect I've been doing wrong all this time

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Impact driver most of the time

A long bit might have worked in your situation above. I have put them in with a ratchet/socket in tight places
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Impact driver most of the time

A long bit might have worked in your situation above. I have put them in with a ratchet/socket in tight places
I have all lengths of bits , and one was just a tad short and the other just a tad long.
Your right , a ratchet would have worked perfect in this situation.
I was hoping to buy that Twister screwdriver I seen advertised at Home Hardware, but they sold out never to return
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This is the type I use for really tight spaces: https://www.amazon.ca/Neiko-03044A-M...t+screw+driver except the one I use is sold by LV but I always have a hard time finding it on their site (and it's cheaper from LV too). Another option I use once in a while is a regular 1/4" ratchet with 1/4" hex socket with a 1/4" rare earth magnet inside the socket to hold hex screwdriver bits with. The rare earth magnet will keep the hex bits from falling out of the socket.
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I use my drill. I would be afraid my impact would strip a screw out. I could be wrong, I usually am.
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I use my impact driver and haven't had a problem over-driving the screws.

I have a ratchet screwdriver in the shop and a bit brace as well, Rick. Geez, how young are you????

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Sometimes in tight places I use a flexible shaft with a socket and driver bit.

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impact driver with 3" or 6" robertson bit. They don't strip the head but it is possible to overdrive it, especially in wet framing lumber. I use pocket hole screws to build fence gate frames, it works great. My pocket hole stepped drill bit has a 1/4" drive shank so I tried it in the impact driver. That didn't work well because the impacting caused the stop to loosen/move. I found after about a dozen holes the drill bit was going all the way through the endgrain because the stop collar had moved so much. Put the drill bit back in the drill and it works great again.
so Impact driver is good for driving, drill is good for drilling.
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