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Offline threesixright

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Drywall screws, needle point vs drill point
« on: August 22, 2020, 12:37 PM »
Hi All,

Could someone explain when you should use the one or the other?

Thanks!

// UPDATE
The question is not about fine = metal and coarse is wood.

I do understand they are both for metal-studs. Its more when to use the drill-point. I was thinking maybe they (drill point) screws slightly easier when screwing though drywall and behind are two (overlapping) pieces of metal stud (like where the horizontal and vertical pieces meet)?

« Last Edit: August 22, 2020, 01:48 PM by threesixright »

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Offline MikeGE

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Re: Drywall screws, needle point vs drill point
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2020, 12:41 PM »
I use the drill point when I'm attaching drywall to the metal stud.  I use needle point for everything else.

Offline Cheese

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Re: Drywall screws, needle point vs drill point
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2020, 12:58 PM »
You'll also notice that the drill point has finer threads for metal studs.

Offline six-point socket II

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Re: Drywall screws, needle point vs drill point
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2020, 01:39 PM »
Fine thread = metal studs
Coarse thread = wood studs

Some prefer the drill tip on fine thread screws for metal studs.

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Offline threesixright

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Re: Drywall screws, needle point vs drill point
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2020, 01:45 PM »
@six-point socket II @Cheese  @MikeGE

Oopsie [big grin], should have mentioned that that much was clear (fine = metal) [embarassed]

But once again thrown off since SPAX has 2 types of fine threads for metal studs. So, they are both fine threads, only one has drill point and both are for drywall.

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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Drywall screws, needle point vs drill point
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2020, 03:24 PM »
Another type I have seen would be 'rock-to-rock' screws used
when laminating drywall.

They have a deep, coarse thread.
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Offline bigjonh

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Re: Drywall screws, needle point vs drill point
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2020, 05:47 AM »
Needle point or self piercing for lighter gauge (25-20) steel stud. Self drilling for heavier gauge (20-14) steel stud.

Offline threesixright

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Re: Drywall screws, needle point vs drill point
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2020, 06:02 AM »
Needle point or self piercing for lighter gauge (25-20) steel stud. Self drilling for heavier gauge (20-14) steel stud.

Thanks! This I was looking for.

Offline aloysius

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Re: Drywall screws, needle point vs drill point
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2020, 06:21 AM »
Needle points are specifically designed for lightweight Furring Channel, but will work OK in softwood scantling also.

As previously stated, drill points are specifically for structural steel scantling.
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