Hanging Drywall - Metal Studs

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Old 01-27-10, 09:39 AM
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Hanging Drywall - Metal Studs

I'm hanging drywal in my basement on metal studs (never done any of this before). My question is from TOP to BOTTOM, going down each stud, how many screws should I USE (PER EACH STUD on a 4x8 sheet), how far should I space them and where should I position the screws (left/right/center)?

I googled this, asked friends and everyone tells me something different! OR is it ulimately just preference ?

Just wanna make sure I do the right thing before continuing!

thanks!
 
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Old 01-27-10, 12:18 PM
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Codes I have seen require the screws installed no further than 8" apart on the edges and 12" in the field. (the middle) So if my math is correct you should be using somewhere around 44 screws per 4x8 sheet, framed 16 O.C.
 
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Old 01-27-10, 02:36 PM
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If you should happen to run up on a sheet that overlaps the stud a little too much, you can always stop and add another stud in a few seconds, to give a solid screwing surface. I would opt for that rather than trying to angle drill screws in a slightly off centered stud. If you take Scott's suggestion and secure the perimeter and field as he said, you won't have any problem with the sheetrock. You already have the ceiling sheetrock in place, right? You are slamming the wall sheets to the ceiling for a clean look and leaving the gap at the bottom, right?
 
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You may already know this but use 1 1/4" fine thread screws for metal studs.
 
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It's ALL here: http://www.gypsum.org/pdf/GA-216-07.pdf

Floating corners, screw length, prime before and after texturing, which side of stud to screw to first, etc.

Be safe, Gary
 
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Old 01-29-10, 06:27 AM
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coops, I like to use the self drilling fine thread ones. Make for an easy install.
 
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Old 01-29-10, 07:24 AM
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Your right on that one. Some heavy gauge studs need the self tappers bad.
 
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But if the studs are light enough gauge for fine threaded sharp points use them. They make a little smaller initial hole and provide a little more hold for the screw.

If the studs are of a heavy enough gauge to need drill points then they are heavy enough to give enough turns in the steel to hold the screw.
 
 

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