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Drywalling to do
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Peanut    Posted 08-16-2004 at 10:54:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a couple of new rooms to drywall and wanted to get your opinions on drywall thickness. I have always heard (and practiced) that 1/2" goes on vertical walls and 3/8" goes on ceilings or around boxes/ductwork. Is there any real reason why you can't use 3/8" drywall for all surfaces?

I'd love to avoid this altogether but my wife is tired of looking at exposed studs and my wiring job in the basement. Guess I need to get it done.

Mugway    Posted 08-16-2004 at 16:09:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Peanut I do dry walling part time for a living,5/8 on celling 1/2 on walls,are you putting up in a high moisture area in basement? if so use green board,its water resistant. If you have any ??? ping me

Peanut    Posted 08-16-2004 at 18:36:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Mug.

Why 5/8 on the ceiling?

I don't have any moisture in the basement. Just some walls I framed and wired w/ outlets and overhead lights/switches.

Isn't 5/8 too heavy for the ceiling? I heard 1/2 is the max unless you screw it to death.

I am thinkin 'bout 1/2" all the way around.

Mugway    Posted 08-16-2004 at 20:17:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
5/8 is stronger than 1/2,no need to go crazy on screws,put 5 screws in the field just like the walls,just do the celing first and get more support from the walls make sure but joint(ends) seams dont line up or youll have twice the mudding to do.Also people put the rock on the wall vertical,install it horizontaly makes it easyer to hit studs if your not on 16 centers.Any more ???,just holler I actually like doing dry wall,its nice to finnish of a room. :)

Peanut    Posted 08-16-2004 at 12:42:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks to all who posted. Sounds like 1/2 all the way around is the way I am going. Though I will check local codes first.

The crack repair at my house doesn't resemble that cartoon at all :^O

Crack fixer    Posted 08-16-2004 at 12:26:44       [Reply]  [No Email]

GeneSC    Posted 08-16-2004 at 12:26:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
1/2" if framing is 16"oc____5/8' if 24" oc
That will be just dandy!!
also suggest 1 1/4" drywall screws as opposed to
nails. They will NEVER back out and pop the
drywall mud out.

Willy-N    Posted 08-16-2004 at 12:08:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
In our area they require 5/8" on the ceilings for Fire Codes and any Fire Wall. They use 1/2" on the rest of the regular walls. Mark H.

rhouston    Posted 08-16-2004 at 11:54:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
fire code or building codes may require at least 1/2 inch. I like 5/8 even better for sound reduction and duribility.

3/8 is for going over an existing wall. IMHO

Burrhead    Posted 08-16-2004 at 11:40:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Peanut from my experience the 1/2 is mucho better. The 3/8 won't stand much pressure so if you have kids or rowdy folks it will bust out pretty quick.

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