I’ve read around some of the past posts regarding screws vs nails on this website and others, and I have a question:
Would a partially threaded screw (the unthreaded portion being in the area where the two pieces of wood meet) work as well or close to as well as a comparable nail where shear is a factor? Assume the two have the same shank diameter, and the screw is one that has a design where the shank diameter and the minor diameter are the same (if you look at it from the side, its profile is more like a nail that has threads rather than a traditional wood screw.)
If brittleness is still an issue (I assume it probably is) would it make any difference if the screw was stainless steel (since those cannot be hardened)? I understand that stainless steel is softer than regular steel; given that, would it be better to use a softer, less brittle screw or a harder, more brittle screw in an application where shear is a factor?
I’m sorry if this ends up causing a hullaballoo like some of the other threads I’ve seen, that was not my intention.