Are screws that much better than nails for attaching drywall? A DeWalt
screwgun costs 70,80, 0r 100 bucks at home depot, and a drywall hammer
costs around 18 or 27 bucks, depending on the model. If I use an
adhesive in combination with rink shank nails, will that equate with
the strength of coarse thread screws?
I know I put a bunch of screws into my drywall. Using an electric screw
driver is not much "wear and tear" on my muscles and arms.
If those were all nails and I had to hammer them in, I think my arm would
have fallen off! The ceiling would have really done me in.
Also with screws, I can screw them in exactly to the point of holding the
drywall without breaking the paper (usually). I don't think I could be so
consistent with a hammer.
If I am doing something, I get the proper tools and do the job right. It
costs money, but I don't need to re-do something because it was messed
"Doe John" wrote in message
I kind of figured that, but was double checking. Home Depot had a
clearance sale on Mikita drywall screwguns for 60 bucks, but they were
sold out. I guess the 70 dollar DeWalt will be in my shopping cart
tomorrow morning. Also, I will eventually have to install new ceiling
drywall panels after I get some plumbing fixed, so the screwgun should
be the way to go.
I'm currently replacing drywall that was installed with nails and
construction adhesive. Seems there were only enough nails to tack the
sheetrock in place while the adhesive dried. 15 years later, the adhesive
has sagged and all of the joints look like shiite...
I'm using plenty of screws on the current batch of sheetrock.
On 23 Jun 2003 16:46:20 -0700, email@example.com (Karen)
Do you get a cheap, quick self-esteem boost calling people trolls?
Black and Decker doesn't have a drywall screwgun at home depot. Sounds
like you know a lot less about this subject than even I do. Congrats.
I guess you are only allowed to shop at Home Depot?
The point was a cheap screwgun would be better than an expensive
hammer. I don't think he knows less if he understands that a screw
holds better than a nail and doesn't have to double check.
I prefer screws. They pull the drywall to the studs tighter, install
quickly, and won't pop out like nails.
As for the driver, I just use a simple "dimpler" attachment for my cordless
drill. I think I paid something like $10 for it at the local hardware
store. It's basically just a phillips driver bit with a clutch setup that
disengages the screw when it reaches the proper depth. It works well, is
cheap, and you can replace the driver bit when it breaks (they will
There are even a few times where I had to do a "one-handed" operation with
the drill. Put the screw on the drill/driver (it's magnetic), then hold the
drywall in place with one hand while I drive the screw with the other. This
would be difficult to do with nails.
Screws, for all the reasons already stated.
If you're doing a lot - a whole house for example - it may be worth
making the investment in a real screwgun. I found the difference
between a cordless drill (lower torque and better as a screwdriver,
though for drywall not quite as critical as, say, for a deck) with the
drywall bit and a real screwgun quite significant. Easier and faster
to use the screwgun.
To add to these wise words - if you do have a cordless drill with a 2 speed
setting - always use the slower speed. The higher speed on even a 12v
cordless is enough to run a 2" drywall screw through the board before you
can pull it back. DAMHIKT! LOL!
Jim Mc Namara
You don't have to buy a screwgun, and you don't need one, unless you're
doing a whole lot of drywall, and in that case it would be worth the money
so you wouldn't be asking. With a drywall bit on a cordless screwdriver, it
also makes a small perfect dimple, unlike hammer dimples, which often damage
the gypsum core.
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