Let's find out basic drywall screw lengths, threads, and brands that can help you install drywall on your next home remodeling project.
Why Drywall Screws and Not Nails?
Drywall screws evolved as the standard method of attaching drywall to studs precisely because of that problem: the screws would never be able to pop out.
However, with any solution comes new problems. Drywall installers were no longer able to pound fasteners into place with a hammer. Thankfully, the drywall screw come into vogue when cordless drills and drywall screwguns came along.
Drywall Screwgun vs. Cordless Drill?
A drywall screwgun is a specialty tool good for little else than hanging drywall. It should be noted that screwguns do a fantastic job of driving drywall screws. They are more compact, lighter, and have lower torque than cordless drills.
If your cordless drill does not have adjustable speed and/or a clutch, then you'll need to purchase one with these features. The adjustable speed allows for lower torque; the clutch prevents you from stripping the screwhead.
Is the 1 5/8" the Universal, All-Purpose Drywall Screw
It's the coarse thread 1 5/8" drywall screw. It fixes up to 1/2" wallboard securely onto studs, but without too much extra screw to drive it. It's cheap and can be bought in big tubs.
Drywall Screw Thread Types
But fine thread drywall screws have their place, too, especially when installing on metal studs.
Drywall Screw Size
- 1 1/8"
- 1 5/8"
- #6 - 0.1380 inch
- #8 - 0.1640 inch
Learn a Few Basics About Drywall Screws
What does "bugle head" mean when applied to drywall screws?Bugle head refers to the cone-like shape of the screw head. This shape helps the screw stay in place, without tearing all the way through the outer paper layer.
Some drywall screws say "sharp point." Do I need this?Yes, most drywall screws have this now. It makes it easier to stab the screw into the drywall paper and get the screw started.
How many drywall screws in a pound?Depends on the type of screw, but about 200.
What type of drill-driver bit should I use?Generally a #2 Phillips.