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10 Uses for Drywall Screws

The toothy threads and trumpet-shaped heads of drywall screws make them a tempting choice for many tasks. Watch as DIY Expert and House One Editor Jenn Largesse shares some smart uses for drywall screws.

Drywall screws are used to attach wallboard to studs. But the toothy threads and trumpet-shaped heads make them a tempting choice for other tasks. Here are some other smart ways to put them to use.

Put up a Paint Station

Using drywall screws to create a paint station

This Old House master carpenter Norm Abram screws one drywall screw through each corner of a scrap board and rests cabinet doors he’s just painted on the four points for a makeshift drying rack.

Replace a Punch

Replacing a punch

If you’re trying to drill a hole in a tile, but the drill bit keeps “walking”, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva gently taps a 2-inch drywall screw with a hammer to create a chip. This keeps the drill bit in place and helps masonry bits get started.

Snake a Sink

Snaking a sink with string and a drywall screw.

With threads so toothy they snag on fibers, a drywall screw tied to a string and twirled in a drain can clear a mild hair clog.

Craft a Trammel

Crafting a trammel using a drywall screw

Tom Silva fashions his from the points of two screws driven through a strip of wood. By spacing them as wide as his proposed radius, he can scratch a perfect arc or circle.

Pilot a Hole

Piloting a hole using a drywall screw 10 uses, drill, pre-drill, drywall screw

In lieu of a 1⁄8-inch starter bit, a drywall screw will pre-drill an easy path for larger hand-turned hooks, eye screws, and lag bolts in a pinch.

Silence a Squeak

Drilling a drywall screw into floor to silence a squeak

For creaking floors beneath the carpet, find where the floor meets a joist, then put a 2-inch drywall screw an inch and a half into it through the carpet. A sharp, glancing blow with a hammer will snap off the head safely below the carpet’s pile.

Substitute For a Stopper

Drilling a drywall screw into the nozzle of a tube of glue as a stopper.

Twist a drywall screw into the nozzle of a tube of glue or caulk to clear and seal it; leave it in for a top that screws off.