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Re: Butyl tape causing this problem?
I'm a carpenter, and impact tools certainly have their uses, but I think they get over used. Their advantage in small tools is that they pack a punch.
If you don't need the ratchet effect to break something loose or snug it down, I would go with a regular screw gun or use hand tools. Especially if you are having thread or galling issues.
Don't know why you are generating that much heat by hand though.
In general, I've noticed hardware is of much poorer quality lately. For example, I've used lag bolts and screws that will go in OK, but you better not need to take them back out! They will either break, or the head will strip, no matter how careful you are. My guess is that now that China has cornered the market, they manufacture to minimum standards.
Last edited by L124C; 11-26-2013 at 08:54 PM.