I bought a DeWalt drywall gun to fix some nail pops, and I can't seem
to master the technique. The screwdriver head just starts to spin in
the slot when the screw reaches depth, rather than disengaging the
clutch. What am I doing wrong?
From the Manual:
TO CHANGE BIT HOLDERS:
1. Pull forward on adjustment collar and remove from clutch housing.
2. Pull bit holder straight out with pliers if it is difficult to
3. Push new bit holder into spindle until ball lock snaps in groove in
bit holder shank.
4. Replace adjustment collar by snapping over retaining ring.
CHANGING BIT TIP
1. Pull forward on adjustment collar and remove it from clutch housing
(see Figure 3).
2. Use pliers to remove worn bit and install new bit tip.
Follow the graphic on the collar to increase or decrease the fastening
depth. To seat the screw deeper in the workpiece, turn the adjustment
collar to the right. To seat the screw higher in the workpiece, turn
the adjustment collar to the left.
<<You have to set the screw depth/clutch disengage point on the
collar. Try various settings on a scrap to find the correct
I have done so, but regardless of the setting, the clutch should
disengage at *some* depth, right? Not just spin in the slot.
<<You are screwing into a stud, yes? It won't work if you are not. Not
enough torque. If you are going into a stud, then I'd say the unit is
My stud finder says there's a stud back there. ;-) I wonder if the
drywall could have pulled far enough away that the screw didn't find
The times that the machine worked I felt a sudden bite and tug into
the wall, as if the screw suddenly found the stud.
<<Are you using 1" screws? Try 1 1/4". I've found that if the drywall
No, I am using 1 1/4". I think the drywall is bowed out a bit, which
is why it wasn't biting. Pushing on the wall seems to help.
On Fri, 14 Oct 2005 15:38:56 -0400, NickySantoro
for drywall screws, the driver cannot stop (clutch) according to torque,
because each driven screw will have a different amount of torque resistance.
No two pieces of lumber alike, etc. At a constant amount of torque, some
screws would set high, others low.
The bit coming out of the screw is normal, and the only way to set the screw
head at a constant depth, relative to the surrounding drywall surface.
<<the driver cannot stop (clutch) according to torque, >>
I didn't think that was the way it worked. I assume that the shroud
around the bit stops at the drywall, and when the bit extends past a
certain point, the clutch disengages.
On Fri, 14 Oct 2005 21:55:56 GMT, "rider89"
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