The use of a construction adhesive can reduce the number of fasteners needed (and possibly the number of screw pops) by up to 75 percent. A glue-screwed wall also has greater racking strength and sound-deadening ability than a screw-only installation.

The adhesive must bond the drywall directly to the framing; it cannot be used, for instance, where insulation batts are stapled to the faces of the studs. Drywall adhesives should meet ASTM standard C-557.

Before gluing drywall, it’s helpful to stack it overnight, with only the ends supported, to create a slight bow. The resulting curve will force the center of the panel tight against the framing. Fasteners should only be needed around the edges.
Before gluing drywall, it’s helpful to stack it overnight, with only the ends supported, to create a slight bow. The resulting curve will force the center of the panel tight against the framing. Fasteners should only be needed around the edges.


To learn more about installing drywall, visit the JLC Field Guide.