Drywall screws or nails

Old 01-17-10, 01:00 PM
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Which is the best to use for hanging drywall? Drywall screws or nails?
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Most of the pros I see now are using glue and screws
Old 01-17-10, 01:48 PM
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And some folks I've seen will use a few nails to hold it in place..then screw all over..including right beside the nails used. Prevents the nail pops.

Haven't see a whole bunch of glue use...man what a pain that must be if you have to do replacement?
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Definitely screws - faster, less pops,
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Screws. Properly spaced and installed. Invest in a screw gun (drill) just for drywall screws if you can. It will pay for itself in a day.
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Screws are best BUT care must be used to not break the paper face of the drywall. Once the screw goes thru the paper - it no longer has much holding power!

As Vic mentioned, starting a few nails in the top of the board [perimeter for ceiling] so you can hammer them in as you set the board in place makes hanging easier.... and then switch to screws.

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Old 01-18-10, 08:10 AM
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Screws. To prevent the screw being driven too deep you can use a drywall screw gun with a depth adjustment. Or for a cheaper option you can buy a drywall tip for your drills bit extension like this: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...500_AA280_.jpg
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A good drywall screw gun is going to cost you about $90. and I've seen them as cheap as $49.

Def invest in one of those. It will make your life sooo much easier.
Old 01-18-10, 09:35 AM
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If your project is big then I would go with the drywall gun.
Those drywall tips work real nice, but for the fact that are designed to cam out, (or disengage from the screw while still rotating) pretty soon you have so much wear and filings on the tip that ya wish you'd opted for the real deal.

My uh... cousin told me this. Otherwise I wouldn't have known.

You can go to epinions.com to see what's worth investing in.
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How far apart, what length, floating corners, prime before and after texturing, sound transmission, etc.: http://www.gypsum.org/pdf/GA-216-07.pdf
Be safe, Gary

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