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Old 03-17-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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i want to hang drywall over plaster walls, do i need to put on furring strips first then hang the drywall to that?

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Was the plaster installed after the baseboards went up? Should be able to tell by looking at the tops of the baseboards, it should be at least 3/4" showing.
How thick a drywall do you plan on using?
Has there every been insulation added in the walls?
Has the wiring been up graded?
Plan on leaving the trim on around the windows and doors?
If so post a picture of the trim.
And yes there's a good reason I'm asking.

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You don't need to install furring strips. You can install the sheetrock (overlaid) directly onto the plaster. Just make sure that your screws are long enough to pass thru the plaster and insert at least 3/4" into the framing.

Realize that you are adding thickness to your walls and other areas will be affected, such as door/window jambs, electrical outlets/switch plates, and some other points. So you will have to furr out the trim and use spacers with the electrical.
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If you going with drywall directly to the plaster then use drywall adhesive not just screws, The base boards and all the trim needs to be removed around doors and windows. Your going to have to use jamb extentions unless you go with 1/4 drywall and cut it so it's almost to the outside edges of where the trim covers.
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Tip: If you have plaster surface lumps or loose plaster sections, you can remove the areas and use a proper thickness (corresponding thickness) sheetrock to fill-in the locations.

There is also a benefit of using 3/8" sheetrock over 1/4" sheetrock (on certain projects). On some surfaces, 3/8" will generally layer "flatter" while 1/4" will follow irregular contours (if there are any present). So you should select the best (suitable) sheetrock thickness for the renovation conditions.
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