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Old 07-07-2013, 07:12 AM   #1
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hello all, thank you for the forum.

We are considering Plastering our new addition on our home, but the cost of plaster is extreme compared to the drywall method. should we save for the cost of plaster or should we go with the drywall?

I have a drywall supplier that quoted me for plasterboard, but he does not sell 16' regular drywall gypsum board. So if I change to regular drywall I will now have to have butt joints. Or should I buy it elsewhere and basically have wasted this guys time.

One more thing should I even consider hanging the drywall myself and put the money into getting a better finish on the drywall. I was thinking a level 5 finish. Does anyway know what the cost of doing that is?

Okay, I hope you can follow this post, because I seem to be having trouble being clear this morning.

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Old 07-07-2013, 07:48 AM   #2
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Often times plaster is a local thing. In the past 40 years living on the east coast I've not seen any new construction using plaster.
What makes you think you need a level 5 finish?
Any decent drywall crew could have that rock hung and paint ready in as little as three days. If you have never installed sheetrock before that time frame is just not going to happen.
Butt joints are no big deal, some hangers use what called butt boards to create a low spot where it's taped.
http://www.buildsite.com/pdf/trimtex...ure-330267.pdf

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Six kids is why I am looking at something more than just standard drywall. We have more dings in drywall than I can to look at. I think part of our problem is that we should have painted the walls more than just the two coats that are on there and maybe that is why we get dints easily. Plus I think we had cheap wallboard before.

I think we will go the route of regular drywall, but I was interested in what others thought on the topic.

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Drywall would be far easier to repair.
A level 5 will gain you nothing but a higher bill to do the job.
Paint is not going to prevent dings.
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buy some abuse board http://www.cgcinc.com/en/products/pa...aspx?pType=PRO

its used in alot of hospitals, hotels, etc. it would also work perfect for your application.
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If you can afford plaster, then by all means do it. It is a far superior to drywall.
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If you can afford plaster, then by all means do it. It is a far superior to drywall.
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I would at least use impact resistant drywall as was mentioned above.
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totally agree. The plaster two coat systems are far superior. You save your cost in the cost of the paint and it creates a much healthier environment to live in. If you dig into it and read about the specs and what not, it saves on utility cost as well and has a longer life than drywall. Its far superior. about a $1.75 a ft around here. Calcite based over blue board twice. Looks kick ass when finished as well. I hear nothing but good things regarding this system.......be clear it isnt american clay. that mix is crap..
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Six kids is why I am looking at something more than just standard drywall. We have more dings in drywall than I can to look at. I think part of our problem is that we should have painted the walls more than just the two coats that are on there and maybe that is why we get dints easily. Plus I think we had cheap wallboard before.

I think we will go the route of regular drywall, but I was interested in what others thought on the topic.

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there are sheetrock pannels that are made to hold up to high abuse. they are not found at the box stores. you have to buy them from a drywall supply store.

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