As for screws, I’ve switched to using the star drive / hex-head / Torx type deck screws instead of phillips head screws. The hex type heads don’t strip as easily so, even though they cost more initially, I’m able to reuse more of them which saves money in the long run.
I like that idea. Considering the torque it takes to drive a substantial wood screw, you need a good interface between screw and driver bit. I just did a repair on our deck using Camo screws (which drive in on the side using a special jig so you don’t see them on the deck surface). Those are star drive, and it would have been very difficult to drive them through a resin plank and 6x base with a Phillips head. Thanks Peter!