I use drywall screws for a variety of reasons. Yes they do break easier then
deck screws but they are chaeper. If ou don't torque on them you shouldn't
have a problem. For your purpose I would use fine thread drywall
screws.Remember they are drywall screws, they screw through the drywall and
into WOOD studs. Deck screws are also made to resist the weather hence
decking. If your fix is not affected by the weather then I wouldn't worry
about it. I put an entire wooden two man tree stand together using drywall
screws, that was about 12 years ago. Its still there and capable of holding
Drywall screw has lesser pitch which won't bite into wood well.
Made for drywall not wood. When my house was built sub floor was glued
to joists, and screwed down by myself. No squeaks what so ever.
Thanks for the quick replies. I've also had drywall screws snap, and
getting out the screw is problematic. And for what I'm going to do,
the cost difference isn't all that much, considering I have some deck
screws from another job.
Entirely aside from the issues about brittleness etc., deck screws
come in square drive. Even in Canada you can't get square drive
drywall screws. Driving hundreds of phillips screws? Ugh, gack,
Secondly, drywall screws are thinner and a bit more subject to
stripout than #8s (or #10s if you really want to make sure).
Plywood subfloors refastened down in with standard 2 1/2" #8 deck
square drive screws - _no_ squeaks, and a lot less hassle to drive.
[As each room in our house gets its flooring redone, we set aside
time to drive lots of deck screws.]
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
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