I am planning to finish out my basement, and would like to frame it out
with 2x4's. Due to a wrist injury, I would prefer to use screws instead
of nails, even if I have to pre-drill pilot holes. Are 2.5" or 3"
standard drywall screws adequate to use? Please advise as to the
3" coarse threads are what I use.
IF you are planning on having this inspected you might want to run this by
the inspector before you do it. Not that I think it is a problem in this
application but DW screws do not have the same shear strength as nails. So
some inspectors are picky.
I don't think drywall screws are considered a good choice. They may be
cheap, but they are brittle and can break. I would also suggest getting a
square drive and like screws. Consider non-galvanized deck screws.
www.mcfeelys.com They have a large choice of deck screws, square drive
bits, and a lot of information about them.
OTOH, screw are generally not considered the best way to frame anything.
I'd use a nail gun if I could not hammer properly. Screw break where a
nail will bend under stress. In a basement, it may not be that critical as
it is going to be for finishing rather that structural.
I would recommend using 3" deck screws. Get em at Home Depot.
In some cases (like when the deck screws run out) i've used
3" drywall type, but only in emergencies. If its for a basement
its not going to be load bearing anyway.
If you are doing ALLOT of framing, an air framer might be
a better idea for you. (most likely rent the setup from
Home Depot, or even buy a cheap porter cable setup)
Dont forget about cutting that Wood. Make sure to have
a miter saw handy.
You're still going to do some twisting with the wrist when
driving in those screws. Again it all depends on how much
you'll be doing down there.
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