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Old 07-22-2009, 12:46 PM   #1
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Drywall, nails or screws?


I'm replacing the drywall in my house. Should I specify whether I want the drywall to be nailed or screwed?

Any opinions as to which is better?

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Old 07-22-2009, 01:37 PM   #2
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Screws. Nails always seem to have a tendency to work their way loose.

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Anything specific you want done should always be specified in the contract. I prefer screws and glue but to each their own. If you use nails you have to glue the ceiling. Also make sure it is double nailed (nails spaced 2" from each other).
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Around here they use both...nails to hold it in place... then it's screwed off. Some use glue others don't. The BI determine minimum nail spacing with no credit (fewer fasteners) for glue.
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Around here they use both...nails to hold it in place... then it's screwed off. Some use glue others don't. The BI determine minimum nail spacing with no credit (fewer fasteners) for glue.
I wasn't referring to the edge or field placement of nails. When you nail drywall you are supposed to place a nail 2" from the previous nail to reduce nail pops and increase holding power. Spacing guidelines for fasteners can be found in Table R702.3.5 of the IRC.
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I wasn't referring to the edge or field placement of nails. ...

That's fine, know the code well...I wasn't insinuating anything...just sharing what's common in our area. Our BI are quick to point out that the DW fastening schedule doesn't change with the application of glue in addition to nails/screws.

On the topic of gluing drywall...I had a house that was built in '73. One day I leaned against a wall in the kitchen, and you could feel the drywall give about a 1/2" or so. When I remodeled, I could see when they installed the DW, in field, there was one nail at the top, middle, and bottom in addition to glue. The glue held fine...BUT the paper had let go of the drywall. Not a believer...just an unnecessary step.
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That's fine, know the code well...I wasn't insinuating anything...just sharing what's common in our area. Our BI are quick to point out that the DW fastening schedule doesn't change with the application of glue in addition to nails/screws.

On the topic of gluing drywall...I had a house that was built in '73. One day I leaned against a wall in the kitchen, and you could feel the drywall give about a 1/2" or so. When I remodeled, I could see when they installed the DW, in field, there was one nail at the top, middle, and bottom in addition to glue. The glue held fine...BUT the paper had let go of the drywall. Not a believer...just an unnecessary step.
I didn't think you where insinuating anything. I just thought you misunderstood what I meant about 2". Wow, three fasteners that's just bad glue or no glue!
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Just one of the many, many joyful surprises at that house...man am I glad it's outta my life!
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Didn't think anybody used drywall nails any more. Our local big box store doesn't even carry them.

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