How do I stop stripping screws?
I figure if anyone can help me with this problem, it's you guys. I consistently consistently strip screws. Everything I install or put together seems to use screws with a Philips head. Before the screw is seated, I've invariably ruined the head by wiping out the center of the slots. I've done this with hand-held and cordless screwdrivers.
Am I using a bit that's too small? Too large? Am I not pressing hard enough? Are my pilot holes too small? (The last is a distinct possibility.)
The most embarrassing was this morning's project: hanging a towel ring. It took two lousy screws! Unfortunately, lousy is how they turned out. I really need to fix this problem before embarking on my next project: assembling a queen-size bed.