Installing drywall has been described as an art, but installing drywall also takes a fair amount of skill and the proper materials. There are few things quite as important as the hardware that you use to install the drywall. Therefore, it is a good idea to educate yourself about drywall screws and nails that will be your go-to fasteners. Take a look at some of the most common questions about drywall screws and the answers you should know.
Are drywall nails better than drywall screws?
Drywall screws do tend to hold up better than nails. Even though nails are the traditional method for holding drywall in place, screws have proven to be much more efficient. The ridged screw threads create anchoring mechanisms at various intervals inside of the material, which means they are much less likely to slip out of place. In applications where there is solid wood behind the drywall, nails can suffice because they anchor into the wood behind the drywall, but screws tend to still do a better job of holding the drywall in place for the long term.
Why do some screws pop out of the drywall?
If you have problems with screws popping out of the drywall you are working with, it is likely that the screws you are using are not specifically designed to work with drywall or they are a low-quality design. Drywall screws that are sunk too deep into the drywall can actually pop back out because the material breaks apart as the screw sinks in and allows the screw to pop back out. The best drywall screws have specific angular threads that better hold the screws in place and prevent popping.
What is the weight rating on a drywall screw referencing?
Drywall screws that have a weight rating are telling you how much weight that screw can support without causing problems. For example, a drywall screw with a 30-pound weight rating would be able to safely support 30 pounds of drywall weight without the screw ripping through the drywall material. It is important to take note of this weight rating because it will give you an idea of how far apart the drywall screws should be when you hang a sheet of drywall. Take a look at the weight of the drywall sheet that you are installing and the weight rating of the screws, and make educated decisions about where the screws should be placed.
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