03:31AM | 04/19/01
Member Since: 01/28/01
171 lifetime posts
I'm using steel studs to finish my basement. I'm having problems getting the self-tapping screws to self-tap. Frequently they penetrate the track and then refuse to bite into the stud behind. I'm using a variable speed drill to drive. If I add more weight behind the drill, the stud just flexes. Any suggestions short of pre-drilling or spending a couple hundred on a hammer drill?


04:52AM | 04/23/01
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
Use a vise grip C-clamp to hold the stud and channel tight together. Then the screws will dig in. I've noticed that a pro grade screw gun works better than my cordless. Can't explain why.

A hammer drill will not work.


02:56AM | 04/24/01
Member Since: 01/28/01
171 lifetime posts
I have been using vise grip c-clamps. I think my 20 yr old drill may be too slow at max 1200 rpm (when it was new).
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