Where to Put Screws When Hanging Drywall

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You can't just put screws anywhere you'd like when hanging drywall in your home. Find out where to put screws when hanging drywall with help from a construction professional with over 25 years of experience in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Nicholas Iarocci, the home source guy, owner of Source Development, Inc., a home improvement company in Garnerville, New York, and this is where do I place screws when hanging drywall? So, we've simulated a little model of what you'd find in typical wall construction. I'm going to use a square to find the center of the stud, which, in my model I can clearly see here. However, in a new installation, you would mark the centers of the studs, and then use a square accordingly. So, typically, you want to install the screws six to eight inches apart on the stud. So, I'm going to keep the screw centered. I'm using a screw gun to apply the screw, and this particular bit has a stop built into it so that the screw head doesn't flow entirely through the sheet rock. Again, I'm going to keep it centered, driving the screw just until it reaches the paper, not going through the drywall paper. You also want to apply the screws in the same fashion to any drywall plates or window surrounds. So, another circumstance is when you have two sheets of drywall that meet center of a stud, or form a butt joint, you're going to need to screw the joints. So, typically, the main concern is driving the screw in without effecting the edge of the drywall. So, rather than holding the screw straight into the stud in the normal application, when you're doing butt joints, you're kind of trying to want to go towards the stud from the outside. If you come too close to the edge of the drywall, what you'll get is a ripple effect in the butt joint. So, this is where you put screws when hanging drywall. I'm Nicholas Iarocci, the home source guy, owner of Source Development, a home improvement company in Garnerville, New York.


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