Drywall screws are made to fasten wallboard to studs. But the toothy threads and trumpet-shaped heads do make ’em a tempting choice for other tasks. Short of their intended use, here are some unlikely things they’re good for.
Coarse drywall screws feature coarse threads to secure gypsum board to studs. Fine drywall screws feature smaller heads and are used to secure drywall to metal studs. Self-drilling and pan-head screws can be used with metal studs or frames. Trim-head crews are used to attach wood trim over gypsum boards.
Hundreds of different types of screws can make figuring out which one to use for a particular job a little overwhelming, but matching the screw to the job is critical for a successful project. Screws are named according to what material they are intended for: Drywall screws are used for fastening sheets of drywall to the wood or metal framing for a building. Wood screws are used for fastening pieces of wood.