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How to Drive Drywall Screws Like a Pro

These three tools make it easy to do the job right. The key to driving drywall screws is to set the scree heads slightly below the surface of the drywall with out breaking the paper facing.

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Whether you're hanging a couple sheets of drywall or tackling a bigger project, having the right tools makes the job go quicker and delivers better results. Check out these three options for your next drywall job.

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1. Self-feeding drywall screw gun

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If youre covering an entire garage or basement in drywall, its worth getting a self feeding drywall screw gun. The screws are collated, and the driver presents a screw every time you need one. The least expensive models are corded. ($100 to $200)

2. Corded drywall screw gun

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Pros have been using these for decades. Theyre very fast, setting screws almost instantly, but since you have to load the screws one at a time by hand, it takes a lot of practice to get proficient. ($50 to $100)

3. Adapter for cordless drywall screw gun

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If you have only a few sheets of drywall to hang, youll be fine using your cordless drill/driver. But do yourself a favor and buy a drywall screw adapter. It automatically sets the screw head just below the surface of the paper without breaking through, leaving a small dimple that you fill with joint compound. ($5 to $10)

THE BASICS:

The key to driving drywall screws is to set the screw heads slightly below the surface of the drywall without breaking the paper facing.

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