Using the Right Device for the Job
Screw driver, electric drill or screw gun, which of these tools is better for installing drywall? When it comes to hanging drywall, screw guns are king.
If you are renovating your bathroom from scratch and you have to apply drywall over a large bathroom surface by means of drywall screws, using a screwdriver can be a real pain in the wrist as well as create calluses on your palms. An electric drill is a good back up but offers less control.
Save Time and Effort
A better solution is to use a drywall screw gun to install your Sheetrock to the studs.
A screw gun has a special cylindrical collar (dimpling attachment) that houses your no. 2 Philips bit and a mechanical clutch that stops the driving action of the screw gun when your drywall screw has reached your required depth to keep the head of the screw just below flush with your drywall surface.
A quality screw gun is not only vital, but it is also the right tool if you are installing large amounts of drywall in your bathroom.
Hand vs Power Tool
Using a screwdriver is a slow tedious process and will take a lot of time and unnecessary effort. Alternatively, you can use an electric drill to complete your drywall project. If you are going to use a power tool such as a drill make sure the electric drill has adjustable speeds using a Philips tip bit.
The downside to using a drill is lack of control, that is, if you don’t slow down as the head of the screw comes in contact with the drywall; the screw will penetrate too far into the drywall leaving sunken holes that later need to be filled up with mud.
Using a screw gun is your best alternative when using tools of the trade. You can adjust the collar of the screw gun by turning it clockwise or counter clockwise, this moves the sheath collar up or down along the length of the Philips drill bit to adjust the depth your drywall screw will be pushed in.
Attach Your Fasteners at the Shallowest Depth
Fine tune your screw gun to distribute screws at the shallowest depth possible, while still fastening the drywall firmly. Just to make sure the depth is correct, it’s best to test out your adjustments on a scrap piece of drywall so when you are ready to begin hanging your drywall, you will be confident that each screw will be at the perfect depth every time.
Depth of Drive Adjustment to Reduce Mudding
The idea is to create just a dimple in the drywall, not enough to tear the paper. Fewer holes in your drywall means lest time spent in mudding preparation (filling up the holes with drywall compound) so you can get on with the painting of your bathroom a lot faster and there is always the possibility of too much mud later cracking or falling off your wall.
The bottom line is that using a screw gun helps renovators hang drywall faster and achieve better results. It takes a lot of screws to hang drywall; it just makes sense to have a tool in your tool box that can simplify and speed up your work.
Hassle-Free Driving Reduces Fatigue Over Large Areas
If you are tearing down your old bathroom walls and putting up some new ones, a screw gun is a must. It’s amazing how a power tool can change the whole scope of your bathroom construction job. Another benefit of a screw gun is that it actually drives the drywall against the framing as it fastens the panel for a snugger tighter fit.
And depending upon your type of framing; wood or metal, only screws can attach drywall to metal framing which in turn is best applied using a screw gun. If you have an exceptionally large master bath or you plan on doing a lot of home renovations in the future, there are also self-feeding drywall screw guns you can rent or buy.
These auto-feed screw guns come with self-feeding screws, self-locking depth control with expanded countersink ranges, so you don’t have to fill the gun with drywall screws manually.