Should You Drill A Pilot Hole For Landscape Timber Spikes?


Landscape Spikes You don’t need to pre-drill holes for these fasteners, but they are effective only for holding timbers together. Landscape spikes aren’t effective for keeping timbers attached to the ground.


Timber screws are also easier to remove from landscaping timbers if you make a mistake. Most timber screws are self-drilling, so you won’t need to drill pilot holes to install them. Timber screws are somewhat more effective for holding timbers to the ground, but they work best for holding multiple layers of wood together.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you drill into landscape timbers?

Drill a 3/8-inch hole at the marked spot, through to the underside of each end of the landscape timbers. Level the ground where you plan to lay the landscape timbers. Use a shovel to fill in dips with soil and remove any bumps. Lay the first level of landscape timbers in the desired design at the site.

Why do you need to drill pilot holes in wood?

The main reason that pilot holes are drilled into timber is so that a screw or nail can then be easily screwed or hammered in without the wood splitting or being damaged. This is really important when doing neat wood work and where the wood or lumber will be seen.

What's the best way to drill a hole for a Hunker?

You can drill timbers separately or use a long drill bit to drill through a stack.Insert a rod of rebar at least 2 feet longer than the depth of the stack into the hole. Use a sledgehammer to drive the rebar through the holes, just like driving a nail. The rebar should go through the timbers and at least 2 feet into the ground.

Can you drill a hole bigger than a spike?

On top of the that the wood may shrink over time and will certainly change dimensions with the weather and the wood may split later without a hole slightly larger than the spike. You might look into the very long screws used to construct log cabins among other purposes.

Where do you drill a pilot hole for a screw?

A pilot hole is always drilled into the second piece of timber the screw is going into. As mentioned above, it is the size of the shank of the screw while still allowing the threads to bite into the wood fibers. A clearance hole is drilled into the first piece of timber.

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