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Old 04-04-2013, 10:33 PM   #16
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I certainly didn't mean to start a fight here when I asked this question. Hopefully this next one won't restart things.

I think I'm going to pass on the furring strips since, as I mentioned, the ceilings are low and I am tall. However, when reading up on the lightweight drywall I have read some complaints that it is more brittle then normal drywall. Has anyone else run into this??

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i find the ultra light is not more brittle but when you cut it with your knife there are air pockets that your knife sinks into and when shaving off a bit it just crumbles. i know a lot of guys on here are all for 5/8" i try and avoid it if i can and use the 1/2" but your case for the ceiling go 5/8".
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I also find the light weight to be crumbly and I think it's a little harder to cut and snap. So I also vote for the 5/8".
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Strapping refers to thin wood strips typically ranging from "1x2" down to perhaps 1/2 inch by 1/4 inch.

Furring strips are wood strips of any suitable thickness to provide a place to nail paneling to and/or to offset the panel slightly from other structure such as framework or a concrete wall.

I still don't understand why furring strips are needed for mounting drywall as ceiling paneling under joists or rafters, other than in a situation where the framing members are too far apart.
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I certainly didn't mean to start a fight here when I asked this question. Hopefully this next one won't restart things.

I think I'm going to pass on the furring strips since, as I mentioned, the ceilings are low and I am tall. However, when reading up on the lightweight drywall I have read some complaints that it is more brittle then normal drywall. Has anyone else run into this??

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Strapping refers to thin wood strips typically ranging from "1x2" down to perhaps 1/2 inch by 1/4 inch.

Furring strips are wood strips of any suitable thickness to provide a place to nail paneling to and/or to offset the panel slightly from other structure such as framework or a concrete wall.

I still don't understand why furring strips are needed for mounting drywall as ceiling paneling under joists or rafters, other than in a situation where the framing members are too far apart.
We were discussing the strapping as you know it.

It is known differently in different parts of the US.

In NE thinks are done differently that we do in upstate NY. In fact we have different terms.

as far as strapping, to me and most of the US and Canada, using it is simply a method to derive more income.
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I suspect this issue is often determined by common usage which was probably determined by the nature of the lumber available at one time or another.
Lumber in the Northeast has never been as reliably straight as lumber in the West so carpenters will still install ceiling strapping unless you ask them not to and then the drywall contractor will probably give you a hard time or just raise his price. Not only are the joists crowned but the edges are not always perfect. Strapping provides a wider, straighter, more level substrate and the drywall contractors expect it.

I design a lot of 19th century house renovations in the New England area and have never seen one without ceiling strapping. I've also never seen new construction without strapping. This is probably due to do with the strong plastering tradition that still survives in this area. Taped drywall is rare with veneer plaster (blueboard) being the standard and a bit cheaper. And the installers are picky about the trueness of the framing.

In the old houses, the amount of wood added or removed to get the strapping level speaks for itself. I don't believe it has ever been realistic to expect an unlevel ceiling to be leveled by the plasterer.
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I am refinishing my attic and I want to keep the ceilings as high as possible so I would rather not use furring strips if it can be avoided. The joist are nearly level and are 20 to 21 inches on center. Will that be close enough or will the drywall sag??

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You could just use 1/2" Sag-Resistant ceiling board without any furring/strapping.
http://www.usg.com/sheetrock-sag-res...ing-board.html

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