Once the head of the drywall screw started sinking into the wood , it snapped apart near the head. The #8 wood screw , however, sunk a little below the surface, but then the thread started to slip in the wood . The screw also caused a crack in the piece of wood , which the thinner drywall screw did not. The length of the drywall screw suitable for a particular job depends on the thickness of the drywall . For hanging 3/8-inch to 5/8-inch thick drywall on wood studs, 1-1/4-inch long, #6 coarse thread drywall screws would work well. For installing 3/8-inch, 1/2-inch or 5/8-inch thick drywall on steel studs, the drywall screws should be 1 inch long. Mar 02, 2001 Just for the record, I too use drywall screws heremon jobs around the house, most usually hanging pictures. I don't suggest them for heavy duty jobs because they have a lower shear strength than regular wood screws . If you're using a square drive screw ( drywall ), you can snap it in two driving into almost any wood .
Drywall screws have conquered home centers and hardware stores, but the traditional wood screw is still better designed for holding two pieces of wood together. Predrill holes for screws with countersink bits to avoid splitting the wood or snapping the screw . Drywall screw vs . wood screws Drywall screws are great for hanging drywall , but they lack many important characteristics for fastening wood , so please “just say no” to using drywall screws … Drywall screws aside from not having a finished look of a plated screw shear more easily than a regular wood screw . I use mostly drywall screws in the shop for jigs and hanging things on the wall.
This Nick Offerman clip and this article on wood screws vs . drywall screws that Glen D. Huey wrote some years back for Woodworking Magazine. So today, I posted the article free for you…and for the guy at the home center. Stop making things hard on yourself by building with drywall screws or other cheap fasteners. These Are the Screws You Should Be Using . Ordinary wood screws aren't helpful, either. Drywall Screws vs . Drywall Nails for Wall Installations. Here is where the playing herees a little more slanted in favor of nails. When used properly, drywall nails are every bit as effective as drywall screws for wall installations. Additionally,
Fine drywall screws feature smaller heads and are used to secure drywall to metal studs. Self-drilling and pan-head screws can be used with metal studs or frames. Trim-head screws are used to attach wood trim over gypsum boards. Screws can be driven in with a drill or electric drywall screw gun.