Few things are as frustrating as when you’re hanging drywall and a screw pops. Best case scenario, it happens before you’ve started taping and plastering. If that’s not the case, then you have to spend precious time repairing it instead of moving on with the rest of the project. While there isn’t a way to completely avoid these project derailers, we have gathered some helpful tips to reduce the amount of pops you have to repair.


Use the right type of screws

When you don’t use the right screws for the framing you’re working with, you’re just asking for trouble. With wood framing, use screws with coarse threads. In contrast, use fine threaded screws when you’re working with metal framing. It’s important the screws are not too long, as they get harder to keep straight the longer they are. You really only want to penetrate the framing by ⅝”. For example, if you’re working with ⅜” panels, 1” screws will fit the bill perfectly. Likewise, ½” panels require 1-⅛” screws and ⅝” panels require 1-¼” screws.


Get the depth and angle right

When you set a screw too high or way too low, it will tear through the paper. It’s easy to accidentally set a screw just a little bit low, which will result in a screw pop in the future. To avoid this, make sure you set screws at exactly the right height. The same goes for screws that go in at an angle, as they will be more likely to rip through the paper and pop later on, which will result in more issues in the future. Get the height right, make sure they’re going in straight, and you’ll be in much better shape.


Construction Adhesive

When construction adhesive is used properly, it can limit the amount of movement in the wall system. When movement is limited, screw pops are less likely to happen as the connection between the studs and drywall panels is much more stable. Securing the panel to the studs will help also help avoid pops, as it reduces the pressure on the screws and panel. Using construction adhesive to keep the panels stable can prevent many issues, so this is easy to recommend.


Use a pattern

When you’re trying to get the job done quickly, it’s easy to just fasten the edges and then finish up with the middle. However, when you fasten drywall like this, it creates a disparity in how evenly everything is fastened. If you follow a pattern of moving back and forth between sides, it makes it even and helps to avoid screw pops. It’s very similar to changing a tire, as fastening the lugs in a star shape makes it a stronger, more uniform fit.


Don’t fasten directly at the plate

Because two different pieces of framing intersect in perpendicular directions, they are prone to shift. When this shifting takes place, it can cause the few screws on the plate to pop, whereas the other framing members are better secured with other fasteners. Most professionals recommend ending your fastening pattern about 7” away from the top plate, and if necessary, a similar distance from the bottom.


It may feel like you’re wasting time, but when you ensure your drywall panels are hung properly the first go around, you won’t have to constantly stop to repair screw pops. A little extra time will save you in the long run, while also avoiding future issues for your client.

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