Self-Drilling Screws For Metal - What You Need to Know

Fastening materials to metal is commonplace on the job site.


However, this means that you’ll need a special type of screw to get the job done: Self-drilling screws for metal. 


We’ll cover what you need to know about self-drilling screws for metal below. But first, let’s talk about the differences between screws for metal and other materials.

Self Drilling Screws - Important Factors to Remember

Self-drilling screws, like the name suggests, are screws that drill their own holes, the installer doesn’t need to drill a pilot hole. Self-drilling screws are sometimes confused with self-tapping screws. A self-tapping screw is a sheet metal screw. The difference is self-tapping screws are installed into pre-punched or pre-drilled holes. 


Self-drilling screws should be installed using a variable speed screw gun, (not an impact driver) like the DeWALT DCF622M2 RPMs are critical when driving

How to Use Self-Tapping Screws

Self-tapping screws are a common type of fastener used on the job site that can make your life easier. When used correctly, they can save you time and a potential headache when fastening materials.

Strength Design Power-Stud® Expansion Anchors by Powers Fasteners®

At Tanner, we offer nothing but the best products to our customers. From simple screws to security hardware, everything we sell is top-notch quality. 


That includes our wide range of expansion anchors.


We’re not just talking about any expansion anchors here, though. These are Power-Stud®+ Wedge Expansion Anchors from Dewalt engineered by Powers Fasteners®. These anchors are fully-threaded, torque-controlled, and designed for consistent performance in both cracked and uncracked concrete. 


Self-Drilling Screws Vs. Self-Tapping Screws - What’s the Difference?

Self-tapping screws and self-drilling screws are two of the most common types of fasteners. Both types of screws are heavily used in general construction, especially when it comes to metal fastening.


However, the differences between self-drilling screws and self-tapping screws can sometimes fly under the radar. 


Let’s dive into self-drilling screws and self-tapping screws, how they work, and their individual use cases. 

Thin Material Fastening & Blind Fastening Solutions in 1

Threaded Rivet Nuts Solve Thin Material & Blind Fastening Problems

When looking for fastening solutions for applications in thin materials where there is access from only one side of the working material, also known as a “blind” application, threaded rivet nuts can be the fasteners you are looking for. Threaded rivet nuts, also called blind threaded rivets, blind rivet nuts and threaded inserts, have the ability to provide permanent load-bearing threads in thin materials. Rivet nuts are ideal

New Rivets, Rivet Nuts & Installation Tools Available Now

Quality Fastening Solutions the First Time, Every Time

Tanner is happy to announce our launch of a new line of Rivets, Rivet Nuts & Rivet Installation Tools. Our new blind rivet line includes a wide variety of blind rivet styles designed for the most popular riveting applications. In addition to the wide variety of blind rivets, our new rivet nuts & inserts also come in the most popular styles and sizes. Finally, to be sure your riveting applications are all properly installed, you will want to

What are Hex Cap Screws?

Hex Cap Screws are fasteners featuring a hexagonal, six-sided, head with a washer face on the bearing surface and a chamfered point. Commonly used in construction and machine assemblies, hex cap screws are one of the most common fasteners used on the jobsite today. Specifications for hex cap screws are described under the ASME B18.2.1-1996 standard. Hex cap screw specifications include ASTM A449 & SAE J429: Grade 2, Grade 5 & Grade 8.

New USA Made Self-Drilling Screws Now Available

Avoid the Tariffs, Shop High-Quality USA Made Self-Drilling Screws

With the recent rise in tariffs, there is no better time than now to buy American made fasteners. Melted & poured in the USA, this new lineup of self-drilling screws is American through and through. Manufactured under the ISO 9001:2015 standards to be sure we consistently provide high-quality drill screws every time. These self-drilling screws are fully compliant to the Fastener Quality Act, maintaining complete lot control and

Coarse vs Fine Thread – What Thread Type Do I Need?

Fastener Thread Styles

Have you ever been stuck trying to figure out when to use a coarse thread vs fine thread fastener? Don’t worry you aren’t alone. Most people would be surprised to learn about the significant characteristic differences between the two. Each type of threading has its own benefits that the other style lacks.  Read on to learn more about coarse vs fine thread fasteners and never choose the wrong thread type again.