Drywall screws have gained significant popularity in recent times. All credit goes to their superior holding power and the fact that they’re versatile enough to be used with both wood studs and metal studs. You might not put a lot of thought into knowing how to drive a nail or screw. However, the fact is that there is a special technique that is needed to drive drywall screws.
Wondering what is the secret to a smooth and straight finished drywall? You’ve come to the right place. In this blog, we will share some of our top tips related to installing drywall corner clips that will help you ensure a perfect drywall job every single time!
Let’s get started!
How do you screw the drywall into wood studs?
Begin by choosing the right kind of wood studs. Examine the length and the thickness of the drywall panels and choose the screw accordingly. If the drywall is standard ½ inch thick then you need to go for a 1 ¼ inch screw or 1 ⅝ inch drywall screws. For thick dry walls panels, say ⅝ inch thick, you’ll need 2-inch drywall screws. For wood studs, you will need coarse-thread screws.
Step to Attach Drywall to Wood Studs
Use the stud finder
You’ll need to use a stud finder to locate the studs between the sides of the panels. The end of drywall panels falls over the studs. However, it is still important that the panels are anchored to the studs. You can use a chalk line to mark vertical lines that indicate the location of these studs.
Position the screw
Push the tip of the drywall clips or the drywall screw at the edge of the panel where you have located the stud. Make sure that the screw is at least at ¼ inch from the edge. This will eliminate the possibility of crushing the edge of the drywall.
You can use a variable speed drill and begin drilling at a slow speed. As the screw gun does its job, you can gradually begin to increase the speed of the drill. Make sure you apply firm inward pressure on the drill. If you have shaky hands, practice more before getting started with this step. Continue drilling until you feel the drill’s head bite into the stud.
Finishing the process
Once the head of the screw gun reaches the paper facing, slow the speed of the screw gun but keep a firm inward pressure. When you finish, make sure that the head of the screw is slightly recessed below the surface. The maximum you can go is ⅛ inch. The trick here is good practice. With time, you will be able to drive each drywall screw perfectly in a second or two.
After you remove the screw gun, feel the edges of the hole. The surface should feel smooth which is a sign that the job is successfully done. If you feel any roughness, it means that you might have drilled a little too deep. This causes breaking of the paper facing and messing up your holding power.
How would you handle such a situation?
If you feel roughness on the surface, you can cut away the paper and then drive another screw near the first one. Make sure to keep at least 8 inches intervals along the edges of the drywall panel.
Which drywall screw is best for wood studs?
Coarse thread drywall screws are the ideal choice for most wood studs. These screws are the best for almost every application that involves drywall and wood studs. The wide threads are durable enough at gripping into the wood. They also work well in pulling the drywall against the studs.
As we’ve mentioned before, you’re only going to get better with practice. We hope this blog helps you attain better clarity on how you can screw the drywall into wood studs in a hassle-free manner.
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