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ResemblesNorm
Drywall screws ripping up vapor barrier
ResemblesNorm

Hi, I haven't been able to find anything on this problem. I am attempting to install 1/2 inch drywall on a ceiling. There is a vapor barrier (Certainteed DryRight, similar to MemBrain) directly above the drywall. I am fastening into the ceiling joists, through half-inch furring strips, using 2 1/2 inch coarse-thread drywall screws. However, when driving the screw, it won't puncture the barrier cleanly. Instead, the barrier twists around the screw, and in a couple places near the edge, it actually twisted up so much that it tore the barrier off the wall top plates. I tried drilling a pilot hole, and the barrier simply wound itself around the drill bit then. I only got one board up and partially secured, had to remove it and repair the barrier. How do I stop this from happening?

John
Re: Drywall screws ripping up vapor barrier
John

Have you tried running a bead of glue along the beams before placing the vapor barrier?  That should prevent it from twisting.

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