Screwing into plasterboard: What to use and what not to use!

Man drilling in screws into plasterboard on insulated stud wall
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Screwing into plasterboard sounds like a simple task and in principle it is, but like a lot of DIY jobs it's not quite as simple as you think. If you are putting up plasterboard on a stud wall or partition you need to choose the right screw length to get a good fix and the right technique to keep the plasterboard intact.

If you’ve been plastering walls by skimming over the plasterboard you need to know how to work the wall to get the best fix if you are looking to put up a shelf, for instance. It doesn’t work in exactly the same way as drilling into walls or masonry.

Here we take a look at the screws and techniques you need to know to make sure your plasterboard stays in shape. 

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Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.