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Old 09-19-2013, 08:26 PM   #1
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7" ceilings drywall vertical or horizontal


For ceilings lower than 8 feet should I drywall with the sheets vertical or horizontal? My ceilings are 7 feet high.

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Age old question.
Can be done both ways but I would go horizontal and use 12' sheets.
Make sure to install ceiling first then top sheet first and leave 1/2 space at the bottom.

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I'm leaving ceiling exposed so does that impact the drywall direction for wall? 12 foot sheets won't fit down the stairs.
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Why would you leave the ceilings open?
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Don't want like the closed off look with 7 foot ceilings. We like the painted black exposed ceiling look.
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no doubt = vertical. just MAKE SURE the sides land on a stud, 16"oc. or you can cause yourself taping problems.
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Check with your fire Marshall/building official, may require drywall for fire control as per code; http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windso...or-joists.html

Double the burn time; http://www.gypsum.org/wp/wp-content/.../11/225-08.pdf

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Already ran by the inspector they are fine with it.
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Vertical requires perfect stud placement--or lots of additional blocking----

There is a J-channel available that will give you a nice finished edge at the top---you might want to use it so the raw edge of the board is covered.
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We are going to use crown molding at the top edge.
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My vote is for the horizontal install. Less seams too.
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You may still be required to insulate the rim joist areas to (floor) R-30 or at least the same as (walls) R-5 fb and R-13 cavity (above and below); http://energycode.pnl.gov/EnergyCode...tate=Wisconsin

http://www.buildingscience.com/docum...l_seal_rev.pdf

Thick enough; http://www.buildingscience.com/docum...r-requirements

http://www.buildingscience.com/docum...apor-retarders

Or just leave it out; similar to basement above-grade; http://www.quadlock.com/technical_li...Insulation.pdf

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I'm doing roxul then 2 inch xps on top. Code says no fire barrier is required on top of xps in rim joist.
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Crown molding with no ceiling? OK - interesting.

Do some drawings on paper to estimate the differences between horizontal and vertical. For each, determine the total number of feet of joints, and then the total feet of butt joints. Whichever gives you the lower numbers - that's how you should install.

Don't get married to finished on a stud edge. There are products and techniques that can help with that, such as
http://www.trim-tex.com/product_cata...wproduct&id=93
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Could you site that code reference please? You are under the IBC; http://www.reedconstructiondata.com/...des/wisconsin/

In a finished basement, IMO, it needs a thermal barrier, ignition barrier or sprinklers to meet code; http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/ic..._26_sec003.htm

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