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magpie    Posted 04-25-2003 at 21:10:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can anybody give me some advice? I am trying to drywall a paladian window, you know one of those half circle shaped ones. It is pretty tight curve only 18 inch radius. I have been trying to form the drywall by bending it around a 36 inch wagon wheel after wetting it some. It seems that I almost get it then it breaks. The center part curves very nicely but the ends just won't come around. How do you do it?

magpie    Posted 04-26-2003 at 18:54:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm getting it, I went to building supply in town and got 1/4 inch drywall ( I didn't enen know there was such a thing) and it working pretty good. I formed one and put it in and now doing another to make up 1/2 inch. Your right it takes patience! Thanks for the help guys!!!

Sid    Posted 04-26-2003 at 05:11:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tip that I have used and seen used in the past. Lay the dywall face down over an arc the size of the radius you are trying to do then wet the back of the dry wall with a wet sponge let it sit for awhile and do not to force it all at once. Find something else to do for awhile and come back to it and dampen the back side again work with it this way it will take awhile maybe even all day. It is not a twenty minute project. Do not do the entire arc at once. Do it in sections staring up one side of the window then start working the curve as mentione above after forming the curve on end after forming two pieces like this you can trim to fit when installing. If you happen to come up short just curve a smaller piece to fit the top. You do not want to soak the drywall just dampen the back side of the curve and keep it damp for awhile and let it dry once you get the shape you want before installing it. Of course the thinner the piece the easier it is to work it. but I have seen half-inch worked this way I prefer working with three-eighth or even one-quarte inch if availble. Hope this helps good luck and lots of patience.

TB    Posted 04-26-2003 at 03:37:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have seen it done once. Thay cut a serries of groves in the back side then wet it down. It took several people to get it into place without tearing.

Darryl    Posted 04-25-2003 at 22:15:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
You could also try using two pieces of 1/4" hardboard. Like pegboard but without holes (duh!). It's pretty flexible and will keep the right 1/2" thickness. It's slick-surfaced though, so you'd probably have to dull it so paint would stick better. Or put a skim coat of mud on it.

walt    Posted 04-25-2003 at 21:55:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
If your using 1/2". Try using two pieces of 3/8". Bend each one separately.

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