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Old 08-22-2012, 07:33 AM   #1
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Default Screws or nails for ceiling OSB

I'm going to be installing 7/16" 4X8 sheets of OSB for my ceiling in my shop. Wondering what you all think would be best, screws or nails?

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Old 08-22-2012, 07:37 AM   #2
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I's say screws if you might ever want/need to pull a panel down. If using nails overhead, I'll usually fire them in in an "x" so they can't back out
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:46 AM   #3
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Good luck with this. Tried to use my wife as my "helper" in installing 1/4" rock. OSB about the same weight and girth. In the end not a husband wife thing to do. A lift or some deadman supports will be your best friend here.. I would go with screws as well. Certain the room is not 100% square and nails love to go in but hate to come out if you need to nudge a piece a little.
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:56 AM   #4
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Screws all the way. Drywall screws are cheap, and like was already stated, if you ever want to remove a panel for whatever reason, just unscrew it.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:15 AM   #5
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Screws - and DO NOT use drywall screws. Use coarse thread coated deck screws 1 5/8". OSB will pop the head off a drywall screw, even with a drywall screw bit on the drill. And the fine thread on a drywall screw will not hold in a joist - it will spin and strip the threads when the head hits the OSB. If it does grab, it'll likely pop the head. I put up over 30 sheets, I know WTF on this one. They are about 60 lbs each - can be done by as an individual but must use aids to hold the sheet up there. A drywall lift would be best. I did it with a scaffold and some braces I built - it was a PITA. Easier with two people.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:19 AM   #6
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And the fine thread on a drywall screw will not hold in a joist
Not that I disagree with you about not using drywall screws, but the fine threaded ones are for installing drywall on steel studs. You use coarse thread on wood framing members.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:23 AM   #7
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Not that I disagree with you about not using drywall screws, but the fine threaded ones are for installing drywall on steel studs. You use coarse thread on wood framing members.
Good point, thanks for the clarification on that one. My biggest issue was the head popping. OSB is a lot harder than drywall.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:26 AM   #8
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Default Re: Screws or nails for ceiling OSB

Depending on how much help you have when installing, I like to tack a sheet up with a couple of nails then screw the rest. To me, it's easier to hold the sheet up with your hammer while you dig in your pouch for a nail, then switch hands to hold the nail and the sheet with the other hand, then nail it in. Hard to explain, but just seems like the easiest way I've come up with.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:43 AM   #9
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I used liquid nails and a roofing nailer, also a drywall lift. Worked great doing it by myself, and that was about 10 years ago.

I don't know why you would ever want to take a ceiling panel down, escpecially because mine has blown in insulation (that would be a mess).
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:32 AM   #10
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Good point, thanks for the clarification on that one. My biggest issue was the head popping. OSB is a lot harder than drywall.
What type (brand) of screws did you use? I used the 25# bulk containers from Home Depot and didn't have a single issue...

I used 3" screws on all of my OSB, way overkill but it helped on the uneven portions.

Ditto what everyone else said about a drywall lift, buy one and sell it on CL when you are done...

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Old 08-22-2012, 10:42 AM   #11
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+1 for coarse thread drywall screws if you want to go cheap. Otherwise the coated wood screws work just as well (only cost more)...
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:59 AM   #12
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get a drywall lift. then sell it afterwards for 75% of what you paid for it.
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:25 PM   #13
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Default Re: Screws or nails for ceiling OSB

I am getting ready to install the same in my ceiling.
Do you know if you should leave a 1/16 expansion joint around the sheets?
Or,can you butt them up tight. I am planing on screwing mine up.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:32 PM   #14
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I did my walls(not ceiling-yet)butted-up with drywall screws. Don't remember a problem with the heads breaking.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:57 PM   #15
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There wont be any expansion over 8'-0".
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Old 08-22-2012, 03:03 PM   #16
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I did my ceiling with OSB also, 7/16". Used the coarse thread 1 5/8" drywall screws. No problem at all with heads popping. Someone got a bad lot of screws. Anyway, the wife and I put it all up. 2 ladders. No, she's not a brute, actually far from it, but we are both in our thirties. I left slight gaps, but then I covered all of the seams with stained furring strips. Made sure I started the sheets evenly so I got a symmetrical grid pattern.
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Old 08-22-2012, 03:33 PM   #17
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I just did my 28x32 garage using 7/16th osb and drywall screws and had no issue with heads popping off. I rented a lift for $30 for the weekend. Best $30 I ever spent.
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:13 PM   #18
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No problems with butted tight for me. I used coarse drywall screws as well. Did have some heads break off during installation if I drove the screws in WAY too far or tried to pull a gap up tight when two sheets were really tight. Other than that, no problems.
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bdkruger1, What did you use to trim yours out? I was thinking that buying 16ft 2x4's and riping them in half would give me a 3/4 x 3 1/2" strips and would be the cheapest solution. Also, they would warp less than a 1X would if they sat around for any amount of time.
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:52 PM   #20
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OSB here with drywall screws. No issues.

I suppose if I had a nailer I may have gone that route. Swinging a hammer overhead sucks.
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