Did You Just Buy Drywall? Here Are Tips on Securing It Properly
If you’ve just made the decision to buy drywall, you undoubtedly realize that it is a very affordable material for wall and ceiling renovation. Just because it’s inexpensive, however, doesn’t mean it’s easy to install. One area where a lot of people seem to have trouble is with fastening drywall. How do you get it to stay securely on the wall or ceiling?
There are a few different methods. If you don’t want to install and secure the sheets yourself, you could ask your drywall supplier if they offer installation services.
Here is a look at some fastening tips:
Screws are the most commonly used fasteners used in drywall installation. They are available in two forms: fine thread and coarse thread. The former is ideal for use with steel studs, and suited for installing the drywall sheets on wood studs. The latter, which drives into wood a bit more easily than fine-thread, is suited for wood stud framing. You will never want to use coarse thread drywall screws with steel stud framing. For the installation of drywall sheets over heavy-gauge steel studs, there are tapping fine-thread screws available.
As for the length, the most commonly used screws are 1 ¼-inch to 1 5/8-inch. Shorter screws are easier to install. Longer screws should only be used for double layer drywall.
Nails are not used as much as screws in ceiling drywall projects. For walls, however, nails might be the better choice. When used properly, drywall nails are effective. They are also more affordable and easier to use than screws.
The thin and straight shank of the design allows for a nail to be driven through the drywall sheet without perforating the surface. When installing ½-inch drywall, the nails should be at least 1 ¼-inch long. There should be a shank variety to reduce the chances of popping. For ¾-inch drywall, use a 1 ½-inch nail.
Glue adds an extra layer of protection to drywall. It helps to prevent cracking joints and screw/nail pops. You don’t have to use as many screws when nail is applied to the studs. If you’re on a tight budget, you can get away with just adding glue to the ceiling. If you do want to use it on the walls, be sure to go with a glue/adhesive product with noise-proofing properties. Not only does it add extra security to the walls, ,it also dampens noise transfer between rooms.
Spacing Nails or Screws
Be sure to check with your local building codes to find out if there are regulations governing the number of screws or nails as well as their spacing.
In general, experts recommend that nails should be spaced no more than 7-inches apart. For screws, the fasteners can be spaced up to 12-inches apart, although you might want to go with 8 to 10-inches to ensure that the fasteners are secured.
Whether or not you are using glue or an adhesive also determines the number of fasteners that you will need. If you are using a quality adhesive, you can get away with fewer fasteners.
It’s also a good idea to ask your drywall supplier for some advice on the types of fasteners you should use, and how much spacing the fastening will require.