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busterw

04:16AM | 02/11/03
Member Since: 02/02/03
7 lifetime posts
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What's a good rule of thumb to use on how many screws to put in a sheet of gypsum? 4 screws per stud and screw every other stud maybe????

Thanks!
Buster

Jay J

01:22PM | 02/11/03
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi busterw,

It's great that you're saving some $$$ by doing the work yourself.

Now, go out and spend some of that $$$ on a GOOD , general home maintenance book. Time/Life and Reader's Digest (among others) are a good investment.

I could give you the answer but do this for yourself. It's $$$ well spent.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: Screw into EVERY stud, 8" apart, at the corners and seams. A good book will teach you how to mud too ...

jbfan

03:51PM | 02/11/03
Member Since: 01/07/03
5 lifetime posts
Jay, not sure I agree with you on a good book teaching you how to mud!!! I have a couple that tell you how, but the teaching is all in doing it over and over and over agin. After doing my basement, I wonder if the $$$ spent would not have been better! I would be completed by now!

rpxlpx

05:07AM | 02/12/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
jbfan,
"doing it over and over again" just isn't an option for everybody. Most of us do various DIY things only a few times in a lifetime. (That's why there are questions like the one that prompted this post.)
Jay is right - a good book is priceless - money well spent. And you can always go to a library and borrow books for free.

joed

01:53PM | 02/12/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
Just answer the question. I would like to know what the standard is also.

busterw

02:44PM | 02/12/03
Member Since: 02/02/03
7 lifetime posts
Well since nobody in this forum will answer directly, I called a drywall manufacturer and asked the question. I was told to put screws on every stud and put a screw every 6 to 8 inches apart. So, that's the answer. To those who were interested in getting the answer, there ya go. To those that wanted to teach a lesson like a 4th grade teacher and tell us to go read to find the answer, thanks for nuthin'.

Thanks to those who care!
Buster

rpxlpx

05:57AM | 02/13/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
You never needed to call the mfr.
Jay's very first response answered the question in the "PS". It says:

Screw into EVERY stud, 8" apart

Everything after that was just discussion about whether books are worthwhile or not.

busterw

07:54AM | 02/13/03
Member Since: 02/02/03
7 lifetime posts
I don't think that was in the original post. However, I could be wrong. Since Joed not myself I think the original post was edited later to include the P.S but it doesn't matter. If I'm wrong, I apologize for lashing out. Regardless, now we have the answer from 2 sources, Jay and the manufacturer.

Thanks!
Buster

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