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Old 08-24-2009, 10:56 AM   #1
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I can't seem to find the answer to this but I am wondering why we install drywall perpendicular to studs/joist. Why do we not run them vertically on the wall and only have one bevelled seem vs. the butt joints that horizontal installation produces.

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Old 08-24-2009, 11:51 AM   #2
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benefits of horizontal over vertical (found this quote from some other forum a while ago):

1. Reduces the lineal footage of joints to be treated up to 25%.
2. Strongest dimension of board runs across framing members.
3. Bridges irregularities in alignment and spacing of frame members.
4. Better bracing strength—each board ties more frame members
together than does parallel application.
5. Horizontal joints on wall are at a convenient height for finishing.
For wall application, if ceiling height is 2460 mm (81) or less,
perpendicular application of standard 1220 mm (4) wide panels
results in fewer joints, easier handling and less cutting. If ceiling height
is greater than 2460 mm (81) or wall is 1220 mm (4 ft.) wide or less,
parallel application is more practical."

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lets say you have a 12 foot wall you would have 1 seem running east to west 12 ft , if you stood them up you would have 2 seems 8 f tx 2 ==16ft ,

plus when you stand them up, the seem has more of a tendency to catch light going accros it , you almost always have to run them wider anyways like a butt joint. and its easier on the back doing 4 butt joint versus 24 flatts bending over. basically its easier to finish and easier on your body.
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All of the above is correct. These days even 9' walls can be "laid down" with the use of 54" wide drywall. (Available at a drywall supply.)
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