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Old 10-03-2013, 05:10 PM   #1
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Hi there, I'm trying to put drywall up on a ceiling, shown here in the picture:

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However, on the left side, you can see there is an OSB panel on top of the left ceiling studs. What do I do here? Thanks!

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You should be able to remove that--I bet it was put there to hold insulation---how about an over all shot so we can see the entire thing===

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You should be able to remove that--I bet it was put there to hold insulation---how about an over all shot so we can see the entire thing===
Sure, here's another angle:

http://i.imgur.com/Tpmjcac.jpg

I tried prying it off, and I can get under the front edge, but there are nails at the back that I cant get under. Not sure how I should take it off.
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Maybe you can use a long pry bar to remove it. Lowes carries these pry bars that are a lot like a crowbar except without the curled end, and they are about 2' long so maybe you could get one of those, wiggle it into the open end, and push up against the rafter (or floor joist, whichever that board is above the OSB.)
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One of those oscillating tools would cut it clean.
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One of those oscillating tools would cut it clean.
Yup, that was my though too. Pry it up with a bar, enough to get back in there with either an oscillating saw (Fein, Multi-Max, etc) or if you've got a steady hand just use a sawzall with a long enough metal cutting blade. You just have to make sure you're in control of it. Don't cut any deeper that necessary to cut just the nails holding the board. Not anything else like wiring or plumbing. This is where the smaller oscillating saw might be less trouble...

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OK, I got it off with a pry bar. Looks like it's just empty space and spray-in foam insulation. Probably safe to just drywall over top?
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Don't see why not. It was covered before and you're just covering it back up again.

One tip, whenever you close up framing it a VERY good idea to take pictures of everything. You never know when you'll need to go back in there again. Pictures may make it a lot easier to find specific stuff. Be sure to take plenty and make them useful. Like showing enough of the framing members that lead over from something that'll still be visible even after it's covered. That way you can count off the number of studs/joists in the picture from something visible to find the place needed. As in, the water lines are one-two-three joists over from a descending AC register.

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