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Thread: Stud wall screws

  1. #1
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    Jun 2007
    New Jersey

    Question Stud wall screws

    I'm putting up a stud wall in my attic using 2 x 4's. I plan to use screws instead of nails, what size screws should I use?

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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    2.5 to 3"
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    Mar 2008
    If screwing through the plate into the stud #9-3 1/8"
    If screwing to the side #8-2 3/4"
    I would use these
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  4. #4
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    Jun 2010
    Croton, Ohio (about a half hour NE of Columbus)
    I would use a deck type screw (stay away from drywall screws, they can be quite weak) at least as long as the typical framing nail used for this application. That would normaly be a 16d nail which is 3 1/2" long. I'm not in the habit of recommending screws for framing over nails at all because although screws have a much better holding force due to torque they are also much more brittle because they are typically harder steel and therefore don't have near the sheer strength of a nail. In the case of a stud partition wall you're not going to be overly concerned with sheer so screws should work fine.

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