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Bob Guercio 09-30-2011 04:22 PM

Drywall Thickness
 
Hi All,

I'm building a room in my basement and most of the walls will be free standing partitions made of 2x4's. Part of one wall will be made of drywall on firing strips attached to concrete blocks.

I'd like to use 3/8" drywall simply because it's lighter and easier to work with.

Is this the correct choice for my application?

I'm planning to also install drywall on the ceiling.

Thanks in advance,
Bob

Willie T 09-30-2011 04:33 PM

1/2" is a better choice for your walls. And although some municipalities now allow regular 1/2" for ceilings, drywall made specifically for ceilings may resist future sagging better.

Bob Guercio 09-30-2011 04:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Willie T (Post 739018)
1/2" is a better choice for your walls. And although some municipalities now allow regular 1/2" for ceilings, drywall made specifically for ceilings may resist future sagging better.

Is the drywall for ceilings that which is 5/8" thick?

Willie T 09-30-2011 04:44 PM

Usually. But, as I said, some places let you use 1/2" now. Me, I guess I will always use 5/8", mostly out of habit and tradition.

Dustincoc 09-30-2011 04:46 PM

I would definately use something like GP's Densarmor Plus. A Basement is alway going to be at risk of flooding. Water just beads on Densarmors surface, It is also much stronger than regular drywall although it does weigh a lot more. As far as running the board on furring strips over concrete, just be sure to apply a concrete sealer to the inside first, to keep moisture from getting at the furring strips. As far as the ceilings go, I'd use 1/2" drywall, and make sure to go perpendicular to the frameing(48" or 54" direction should be parallel to the framing, each sheet should touch 6 rafter/joists.

Bob Guercio 09-30-2011 06:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Willie T (Post 739029)
Usually. But, as I said, some places let you use 1/2" now. Me, I guess I will always use 5/8", mostly out of habit and tradition.

Does 3/8" drywall have a valid use or is it a product that you should just stay away from?

Bob

Willie T 09-30-2011 06:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bob Guercio (Post 739079)
Does 3/8" drywall have a valid use or is it a product that you should just stay away from?

Bob

It's used mainly to simply cover original, messed up wall surfaces.

Bob Guercio 09-30-2011 09:15 PM

I'd like to thank you guys for responding to my thread and helping me with this issue.

Bob


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