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Old 03-24-2010, 12:20 AM   #1
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I have a leak in the basement and need to remove almost the entire wall (drywall) to expose the problems area. So, is it easier to cut the drywall short of the ceiling by maybe a foot, or to just cut along the corner where the wall meets the ceiling??? What would be easier to repair?

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Cutting 1ft short of the ceiling seems like wasted effort. When you put your walls backup, you will need to cut the new sheet of drywall to the right size, and then there is an extra joint to hide. Just cut up to the ceiling, and replace with full sheet drywall.

Are your ceilings 8ft high?

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Yes, 8' ceilings. (I think I know where you're going with that.... two sheets of 4x8)

I've gotten pretty good at patch work on flat surfaces, but I've never done anything in the corners.

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Rick,
kinda like 6 of one, etc. The only reason you might want to cut it short is if you have a textured ceiling that is in good shape and don't want to tape into that. So in that case, cutting it short may be easier as long as you feel comfortable with taping. I do this all the time in kitchens in between the tops and upper cabinets. Usually when removing old tile backsplashes, it's easier to just take the swatch of drywall and all. If you do cut it short, draw yourself a nice line to follow so you don't have to cut some kind of tapered piece to put back in.
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You can get a small can of ceiling texture and blend in your joint there if it's necessary

Either way you do it you need to consider spacing between the joists. If the spacing between the joists is huge (as is in my house where they didn't measure anything) then you might have to run a 2x4 horizontal - joist to joist - where the edge of the drywall is for some support.
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Any time you get into the ceiling angle, you'll have to paint the ceiling also. New texture won't match the color of the old. Just another consideration....
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Yeah, that's true - whites brown over time.

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