Ok here's one that's annoying and frustrating as heck.
We picked up a safety-gate to block off the stairwell of our place. It's a fairly decent brand, and pretty well made - a style similar to a window blind (of the roll up variety).
The attachments are meant to be screwed into the wall.
So I had a go. This was the result of attempting to use the self-tapping screws to _try_ to fit the brackets to the wall.
The instructions were followed precisely. Drill a 3mm pilot hole 5cm deep. The screws are 5 cm long.
Problem is that by the time they're about 3cm into the wood, the work becomes tough and the heads of the screws... well take a look at the outside ones. The screwdriver tip came away covered in metal shards/splinters (one of which attacked my finger)and I definately appear to have stopped trying at exactly the right time.
So what's the deal, oh experienced interweb handyfolks? Is this just a case of cheap screws letting down an otherwise good quality product? Any tips on whether I should pick up 'harder compound' screws?