Hi - I am new to this forum, and also new to building things. My first project is a raised garden bed, which will be of 2-by-12s of cedar. The dimensions will be 30" W x 12' L. Four 4-by-4 posts, 18" L, will hold the four boards together.
1) The directions call for "3-1/2 inch #14 wood screws". I cannot find these at my local hardware store (or HD) in stainless steel. (I want stainless steel since the bed is outside and I don't want the screws to rust.)
Can I use a 3-1/2" stainless steel "deck" screw instead? Or another type of screw? Other than stainless steel, I'd like the screw to be flush with the wood.
2) I am attaching via clamps eight 12" long, 1" diameter PVC pipes to the inside of the bed so I can bend pipes and connect them between the two 12' sides, so "half hoops" are formed. This will allow me to place a cover over the hoops to keep the garden bed warmer during the cold growing months.
The directions call for 1/2 inch #8 wood screws. If I cannot find these in stainless, either, can I use a 1/2" to 3/4" stainless screw as long as it fits in the clamps' holes?
Sorry, I know this is basic but I'm getting different answers and thought someone knowledgeable here could help me.