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I'm screwing skirting to the wall. I want to use countersunk screws. My question is, how can I make sure my screw sinks into the wood so it's flush?

In other words, how does the screw head manage to go flush with the wood, if the screw head is wider than the pilot hole I've drilled? Do I need to drill a wider hole at the top for the screw head? Or does the screw head 'squeeze' into the wood to go flush?

Also, I'm fitting 'thick', rectangular skirting 69mm wide and my walls are rather uneven. Because the skirting is thick, it's very difficult to bend the wood when I'm using short pieces in recesses. Should I just screw it on and hope of the best? Or should I really use thiner skirting?
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Why do you want to countersink for a flush finish - do you want to see the screws?

You need to counter-bore the hole to sink the screw and then fill it if you want them hidden.

Or use "no nails" type adhesive.

For the unevenness its best to try and keep the skirting straight, and then fill the gap at the top between the wall and skiting with a caulk filller. But if the wall is way out, then you should bend the skirting in a bit to close the gap - but don't have it going in and out like a mexican wave
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