Coarse Thread Drywall Screws

Coarse Drywall Screws Speed Up the Process of Hanging Sheetrock on Wood Wall Studs

By Mark J. Donovan

The question frequently arises on what type of drywall fastener should be used when hanging sheetrock. The question is not as silly sounding as one might think.

First, you need to choose between using drywall nails or drywall screws. There are pros and cons for each. If you choose drywall screws then you also need to determine what length to use and whether or not to use fine thread or coarse thread drywall screws.

In regards to drywall nails, drywall nails are ring shanked to help prevent the nails from pulling out of the wood.

Though drywall nails do a fairly decent job of holding sheetrock and only require a hammer for installation, I prefer using drywall screws, and in particular coarse thread drywall screws. Drywall nails have the tendency to work out of wall studs over time and cause “drywall nail pops” and seams to appear in the finished walls.

I prefer to use drywall screws for a number of reasons. First, using drywall screws speeds up the process of hanging sheetrock. Second, installing drywall screws with a screw gun is less tiring on the wrist, compared to swinging a hammer. Third, drywall screws have a much higher pull strength than drywall nails.

Coarse thread drywall screws should be used for wood wall studs and fine thread drywall screws should be used for metal wall studs.

In regards to drywall screw length, 1-1/4 inch drywall screws should be used for ½ inch thick drywall and 1-5/8 inch drywall screws should be used for 5/8 inch thick drywall.

Though using drywall screws necessitates the need for a drywall screw gun the time savings is well worth the investment. In addition, with the improved pull strength of coarse thread drywall screws you can achieve a more professional drywall finish without the worry of eventual nail pops and the appearance of visible seams.

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