Drywall screws in exterior vinyl siding

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Old 05-26-12, 09:44 AM
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Drywall screws in exterior vinyl siding

I am beside myself with a handyman who put drywall screws in my vinyl siding.

Let me explain he used the black powdered drywall screws to put up the j channel and the soffit vinyl, where it attaches to the bottom of the fascia.

He said it is behind the vinyl and directly over the j channel so if it does rust it would run out the end of the j channel and not down the vinyl siding.

He plans on using galvanized roofing nails for the horizontal siding pieces on the gable ends.

Does he make any sense or I am panicking for no reason?
 
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Old 05-26-12, 04:44 PM
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Why would he put something there, KNOWING it is going to rust, TELL you it will rust, but it won't hurt. That's absurd. He needs to do it right. HDG roofing nails. Sheetrock screws should not be used on exterior applications, at all.
 
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Old 05-26-12, 04:53 PM
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I agree...that's just dumb. Galv roofing nails are probably cheaper than screws anyway.
 
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rusty screws

its best to use a coated screw instead of nails, nails will back out. It may cost a little more but if you want cheap use the nails.
 
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Old 05-27-12, 05:33 AM
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Never seen a HDG roofing nail back out. You want the siding loose anyway, so jamming screws with a small head in there will promote the siding to back off the heads. I'll have to agree with Vic, roofing nails.
 
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