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Old 07-11-2015, 08:58 AM   #1
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I am framing a basement with metal studs (25 gauge). I chose metal because I have to work alone, and have no experience with a saw. Thus far, I have all the metal studs plum, and the frame of the room is what I want.

The issue I have is that when I go to hang the 1/2 inch drywall, with fine thread drywall screws, I cannot drill the screws into the metal studs.

I'm wondering if my Craftsman 9.6v cordless drill is just not powerful enough for this. I purchased new screw bits (#2 phillips) for the job. I was able to drill the #8 1/2 inch pan head self-tapping fasteners into the studs with this Craftsman, and it was challenging. But the drywall screws just aren't going through.

I have tried taking some extra bits of dry wall and practicing screwing them into the extra bits of the metal studs, but I couldn't get it in in a way I felt comfortable trying on the real wall.

Thank you for any help you might be able to provide.

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Pretty wimpy drill for that job.
SO what's it doing? Stalling out, just spinning?
Going to have to push hard to get the screw started.

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Old 07-11-2015, 09:10 AM   #3
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It's just hitting the metal and not going in, spinning on the surface. When I fastened the studs with the #8s, I had to push hard to get them in, but they went in.

I am hoping that it's the drill, so that I can just rent a more powerful one.
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No way would I rent a drill, just go buy one.
I use my Ryobi impact driver far more then my drills.
It will drive screws, nuts, bolts, drill holes far faster then a drill.
Only time I use a drill any more is if I'm drilling metal or concrete.
Sound like your just not pushing hard enough.
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I know a few times when I have worked with metal studs I have had to PRE-DRILL the holes through the drywall and through the studs. Just be sure your pre-drilled hole is SMALLER than the size of your screws. Of course, a more powerful drill will do the trick as well. Anyone in your neighborhood willing to loan you an 18v or 20volt?
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Your not using the right screws. Standard drywall screws are not going to go into metal studs without a pilot hole.

You need to use self taping screws made for drywall and metal studs.
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ddawg16 has it right.Regular fine thread drywalls screws are not made for going into metal.And either way,as Joe suggested, the drill is pretty wimpy for the job.
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ddawg16 has it right.Regular fine thread drywalls screws are not made for going into metal
Actually, they are made specifically for metal studs
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Maybe I should have been more specific.There are fine thread drywall screws made for metal that are self tapping.Not all fine thread drywall screws are self tapping.
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Are you talking about pointers or self drillers? You don't use self drillers on 25ga
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The OP's drill motor is probably too slow
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I was speaking specifically to the ops problem using his 9.6 V Craftsman drill.This is a DIY forum and not everyone wants to go spend $200 on a new driver for a small DIY project.I was giving him an option that would work for him.
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I was speaking specifically to the ops problem using his 9.6 V Craftsman drill.This is a DIY forum and not everyone wants to go spend $200 on a new driver for a small DIY project.I was giving him an option that would work for him.
The title of this thread is "is it me, or my drill?"

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Of course it's his drill.I think joe has answered that question a few posts back.I was trying to give him some options with his present drill until you came along and wanting to argue over the details.I am a pro and belong to several pro forums.This is a diy forum as you know and most of these guys want the cheapest and easiest fix.
I thought the info I gave was helpful to his situation.Contradicting me is not.
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Thanks for the CV. You gave him several answers about fine thread drywall screws which were in error. You may not like people contradicting your errors, but that doesn't concern me.

The OP should make sure his direction of travel is correct
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