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Old 01-20-2012, 10:24 AM   #1
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Hi all, i am new to this site and i have a few questions

I need to know how to drywall around this window, there are about 3" - 4" from the closest stud to the window frame. will i need backing to screw the drywall closer to the window frame or is 3"-4" close enough??

The other issue i am having is with the wall which is 8' 2'' tall. where should i put the 2" rip, in the middle or at the bottom? i am leaning towards having the rip in the middle but would like to know about mudding it since there will tapered and non tapered edges seaming..

thanks in advance for your help.

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Do you have a picture? Why can't you add another stud?

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I don't understand why your nearest stud is so far away. What are you going to nail your trim to?
You kind of need to get something in there closer if you can.
Yes, put the rip in the center and don't worry about the tapered edge butting a non-tapered edge.
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having trouble with the pictures, they are too large...will re-size and post
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I don't understand why your nearest stud is so far away. What are you going to nail your trim to?
You kind of need to get something in there closer if you can.
Yes, put the rip in the center and don't worry about the tapered edge butting a non-tapered edge.
the board will not lay on top of the window frame but flush on the side
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Slap another stud in the cavity on each side of the window. Spray foam in there while you're at it. Seems simple unless I can't see something in the pics that is really there.
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Also, it looks like the wall is built entirely wrong around the window. King studs, jack studs, etc, but I'm not an expert on framing.
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Yes. Actually, all that framing should be ripped out and re-done completely.
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thanks mike, the house was built in the 1930's, i removed the plaster to replace with drywall and shimmed the wall to even it out and make the board flush with the window jambs.
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the board will not lay on top of the window frame but flush on the side
Now that I see the pictures...
Who built this wall?
What's holding the window in?
That wall is horrible. It needs a header. It needs to be framed the right size for that window.
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Now that I see the pictures...
Who built this wall?
What's holding the window in?
That wall is horrible. It needs a header. It needs to be framed the right size for that window.
it is not a new wall since it was built in the 1930's. those shiny new studs you see there are just shims the old studs is behind...the window itself has a 1 x frame all around
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Yes. Actually, all that framing should be ripped out and re-done completely.
oh my, does that mean taking the window out???
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Leave the 2" at the bottom of the drywall you what that horizontal seam tight. The 2" at the bottom will be covered with base trim.

Looks like that window is a replacement set in the existing framing and the wall is built on to the existing wall, so the header is already there.....right? In which case you will be fine, but you do have to think about how you are going to connect the window casings, if there is nothing to nail to how will you hang the trim?

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Now that I see the pictures...
Who built this wall?
What's holding the window in?
That wall is horrible. It needs a header. It needs to be framed the right size for that window.
Maybe you should ask some questions first and then make suggestions based on the answers, instead of blasting blindly. Just a suggestion.

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