I was thinking about this as I prepare to rip the drywall down to put up
insulation in my garage.
One of the nice advantages of using drywall nails is that unlike drywall
screws - you can easily remove them when you need to. Once that joint
compound goes up, the screw will be almost impossible to remove using a
The screws come out just as easily as the nails. Once you press your
screwgun tip against the head of the screw enough of the dried JC will
pop out to unscrew them. Sure, you'll have to snap a few off but the
same will happen with the nails. Get ACR bits.
unscrew drywall screws. I'll take the screws.
If you demolish the wall right, there won't be much of anything left hanging off
of the screws, anyhow -- if the holes are still full of mud, just lop 'em off
with the sawsall.
renovating your house?
I in fact do see myself renovating my house, and at some point that will be
removing drywall. Imagine how much harder renovations would be if the
previous owner in your house had used screws rather than nails.
I'm not trying to advocate using only nails in drywall, in fact I prefer
screws because they're easier to insert and much more secure. They're just
a pain in the ass to remove.
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