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mopowers 08-20-2009 09:39 PM

what size drywall nails?
What size mails should I use for 5/8" drywall in wood studs?

Also, how many are needed to hold a 4x8 sheet? Is there a code?


yummy mummy 08-20-2009 09:46 PM

Don't use nails, use screws for drywall.

I put my screws in ever 8 inches.

mopowers 08-20-2009 10:01 PM

My drill is at my folks' house. And it's only for one sheet I tore out of my garage.

What size should I use?

Termite 08-20-2009 10:07 PM

Drywall nails are absolutely fine for use in drywall. I find them easier to "spot" when mudding, compared to screws. Use a dimpled drywall hammer, NEVER a regular hammer.

A 1-7/8" ring shank drywall nail would be the code requirement for walls and ceilings with 5/8" rock. For ceilings I prefer screws but nails do work.

As far as code goes: (per IRC Table R702.3.5)
Walls w/16"oc framing: 8"oc (16" for screws) w/o adhesive
Ceilings w/ 16"oc framing: 7"oc (12" for screws) w/o adhesive

It is a big table with lots of options.

Termite 08-20-2009 10:10 PM

Remember, that's the code minimum for spacing. More won't hurt!

Gary in WA 08-20-2009 10:11 PM

Be safe, G

Termite 08-20-2009 10:22 PM


Originally Posted by mopowers (Post 317251)
And it's only for one sheet I tore out of my garage.

Be sure to do a really good solid job since this is in the garage. Your garage sheetrock is a very important fire membrane that separates the garage from the remainder of the structure. You definitely need to at least do one coat of mud and tape for fire resistance even if you decide not to sand it and make it pretty.

If you use screws and a regular drill, use caution not to over-sink the screws. If the screw head breaks the paper face of the drywall, consider that screw as not even being there and add one a couple inches from it. Once the paper face is broken the screw can't do its job.

mopowers 08-21-2009 05:48 PM

I ended up going and getting my drill I left at my folks' house. I will use screws instead. What size screws do I need for 5/8" rock? Will 1 5/8" get it done. I already have a box of those. Thanks.

Scuba_Dave 08-21-2009 06:15 PM

Is this the ceiling of the garage?
Habitable space above?
Then 5/8" is all you need

Gary in WA 08-21-2009 07:41 PM

Dave, you gotta get that pumpkin off your head, it's affecting your answers!!

Be safe, G

Scuba_Dave 08-21-2009 07:43 PM

DOH !!
I thought he was asking if (1) 5/8" sheetrock panel would do it :laughing:
It's the heat - 4th day in a row, only went down to 76/78 in the house last nite

Gary in WA 08-21-2009 08:44 PM

Those will work, 12" o.c.
Be safe, G

mopowers 08-21-2009 10:45 PM

Thanks for the help!

Gary in WA 08-23-2009 12:05 AM

No problem, glad to help, that is why we are here. Until next time, be safe, G

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