Hello! First timer here and first time using pocket holes. I tried to join two pieces of 3/4" pine using Kreg pocket holes with a 1-1/4" coarse screw but found that no matter how I screwed them together, I was able to pull the pieces apart. I eventually tried using one 8x2-1/2" screw butt joint and it held the two pieces together tightly. I thought that butt joints were not as strong as pocket holes - what am I doing wrong?

thanks for your help!

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