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Unread 03-12-2008, 06:57 AM   #1
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Tile On Greenboard, How many screws

I was wondering if someone could give me advise on the number of drywall screws to use on greenboard that I plan on putting tiles on. These tiles will be behind a sink and will extend from the top of the counter to the ceiling.

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Fasteners should be spaced 16" O.C. If you are fastening with screws and over drive one or miss a stud put another screw in within close proximity of the one missed.

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Hi Matt, I should add that the screws should be spaced bout every 8" to 12"
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I quoted from Drywall by Myron R. Ferguson. In addition to what I stated, ceilings should be 12" O.C. and in the case of fire resistant drywall spacing should be 8" O.C. If you want to use more screws it's O.K.

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Hi Brian.
I've always screwed drywall at 8"-12" as Mike mentions. For ceilings I would tend to drop down to the 8" spacing. The drywall I've seen lately has little "x"'s where you should screw. I'm going to have to measure the distance when I get home tonight.
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Hi Joe!

Yeah, so do I. I use more than the minimum...I just thought I'd actually quote a reputable source rather than just give my opinion.

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Here's a quote and link to USG's installation guide for Sheetrock...

Apply 1/2" or 5/8" x 48" x 8' or 9' SHEETROCK Brand Gypsum Sheathing vertically with face side out.
Space nails 8"o.c.on framing members.

For staple or screw application,use same fastener spacing as above.

and here's the link to USG
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Are you telling me that Myron Ferguson isn't reliable? Say it isn't so!
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