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ELI5 Explain Like I'm 5: Bite sized answers to stuff you should know about - in a mini podcast


Oct 13, 2023

Why do we have two different types of screws?  If the Phillips head is superior, why haven’t flathead screws just been phased out over time? What are the benefits of the Allen and Torx type screws? Why do manufacturers like IKEA like to use Allen wrench screws for self assembled furniture instead of standard Phillips or flathead screws?

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