Starting a screw on hard wood or especially metal can be a challenge. A couple years ago I discovered the joys of punching, with a center punch that is. I like the style that is spring loaded with adjustable tension. Once you set the tension, which controls the force of the impact, you just apply downward pressure until the punch shoots forward and dimples the surface. The resulting dimple then makes it easy to start your fastener. Available at most home improvement stores for about $10-20. Gemplers has them for about $15.
About Marc Lyman
Marc grew up under a brave single mom who "encouraged" home improvement on the family home. Early toddler gifts included a tool set, and even a cordless Bosch drill when cordless drills first came out. In grade school (give or take a few years), Marc's mom said, "We need to cut down some trees. . . . here's a chainsaw." A father figure also involved Marc in many home improvement projects, including a summer of home remodeling in Palo Alto, CA. Toss in some Obsessive Compulsive personality traits researching everything home improvement related. The end result: a genetically pre-disposed, socially sculpted home improvement machine! For his complete profile, please visit our About page. Really, it's worth it.