Thanks for the informative, serious reply. In the meantime, I looked up
Senco nailers and see they sell a dedicated drywall screw gun. That gave me
a clue that drywall should be treated special.
Screws and my trusty dewalt drill will do fine for the amount of drywall I
have to hang.
What Renata said.
You can usually find them at the Dollar stores...or some other cheap
If yer doin' ceiling, buy a couple. They clog up easily.
Have a nice week...
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Actually I assumed from your question your post had to be a finely
I have one of those Senco screwguns for drywall (works on wood
too, I assume for plywood framing mostly).. I haven't used it yet
but it seems real nifty. What that other guy said about screws
instead of nails is true also. No pops.
The software said it ran under Windows 98/NT/2000, or better.
So I installed it on Linux...
As Renata said, I recommend that you get the attachment thingy to set
it at the proper depth. If you decide to do without, the correct
depth is about 1/8" or so. Any less and the spackle will not hold.
Too much more and the paper will tear, which severely limits the
holding power of the screw head.
Oh yeah, coarse thread for wood, fine thread for steel studs. Also
coarse thread for that stuff that they try to pass off as wood at the
By all means, use drywall screws. Note that the fine thread variety are
meant for use with steel studs. Use the coarse threaded ones for wood studs.
Another reason to use real drywall screws is that they are coated to resist
the corrosion that causes rust spots to bleed through drywall joint
If you are hanging a large amount of drywall, a real screwgun pays for
itself in the time savings and convenience. But you can do just as good a
job with a cordless drill.
Even if you were going to nail up the drywall, you would not want to use
brads. Without heads, they would not hold the drywall against the wall
securely. Most of the nails would pull right through the drywall and provide
no holding power.
I hate to *ahem* admit it, but because I had no help and was sick with
the flu... Ok, no excuses. I hung the drywall in part of my garage
using a framing nailer. There, I've said it. It took a while to get
the depth right, but once it was set, it worked pretty well. About 3
out of 4 nails were sunk just to the point of dimpling the paper. The
fourth, of course, was blasted into the drywall to the point where the
head was barely visible down in the rock.
So... taping and cleanup were a bitch. I don't recommend this approach,
if for no other reason than that it'll be a PITA getting all those big
nails out of the studs and joists if I ever decide to go back and do it
right. It also just has to be some kind of code violation. But the
point is, it can be done using larger full-head nails, if you're
desperate. Brads certainly won't hold up anything.
As everyone else is saying, screws are the way to go. Next time I've
got to hang some drywall, I'm getting a screw gun and enlisting some
A numeral would be more efficient than spelling out "ONE" in an email
addy, don't you think?
OK, I've got to try this. I admit to looking at the nail gun and
wondering if it would work, but never tried it. I can run about 8d
nails through the gun, so they aren't that much bigger than drywall
nails. OTOH, I've hung a *lot* of drywall over the years with screws
or hand hammered drywall nails and none of it has ever fallen down.
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