Installing picture rail on steel studs
Some long hallways in a condo building are getting a "picture rail", which in this case is the base molding that's installed near the floor, but flipped upside down, with a notch cut in the back, installed high on the wall so that pictures can be hung from it. Trim is 9/16" thick, through 1/2" drywall, then steel studs (not sure of gauge, but seem to be light.) So it has to be secure, and I'm not going to be gluing these up.
So far I've been using 1 5/8" self tapping trim head screws. They are threading fine through the trim and drywall, but when they hit the studs, the threads are still turning through the trim and before it can tap through the studs, it keeps pushing the trim out from the wall and I have to unthread, redo, etc. A pain.
Would it be better to use sharp point fine thread trim head screws instead, and predrill the holes? I could use a bit big enough so the threads didn't catch in the wood, but small enough so the head will still countersink and pull it secure. I don't like the idea of all those predrills slowing us down, but I'm getting annoyed at how I'm slowed down as it is.