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If you’re working on a drywall home improvement project, you’ve probably noticed that drywall screws come in boxes labeled in pounds rather than the number of screws on the box.
Unfortunately, this can make it hard to determine how many boxes you’ll need.
If you’re using a standard 1 ¼ inch drywall screw, there are approximately 230 – 260 screws in a one-pound package, depending on the brand.
Longer screws will have slightly less product per package, while smaller screws will have somewhat more product per package.
You can use these numbers to determine how many pounds to purchase.
There are 260-300 one-inch coarse thread drywall screws in a one-pound package. A five-pound package would net you with 1,300 – 1,500 screws.
There are approximately 230-260 screws of a 1 ¼ inch size in a one-pound package. This means a five-pound box of these drywall screws will get you 1,150 – 1,300 screws.
There are approximately 189-200 drywall screws or fasteners of 1 ⅝ inch length in a one-pound package. A five-pound box of 1 ⅝ inch drywall screws will be a total of 945-1,000.
For 2-inch coarse thread drywall screws, there are approximately 174 screws per one-pound package, depending on the brand. Buying a five-pound box will yield you 870 screws.
If you know how many drywall screws you need, divide that number by how many screws are in a pound – this will tell you how many pounds to purchase.
For example, for a standard 1 ¼ drywall screw, you’ll get approximately 230 screws per pound.
This number goes up for smaller screws and goes down for screws of a more considerable length.