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Bob Guercio 10-15-2011 02:22 PM

Gaps
 
Hi All,

I've finished framing a room in the basement and my next step is drywalling; however, I'm concerned about the evenness of the walls.

I have a six foot spirit level that I used for a straight edge. If I hold it horizontally and press it up against the wall studs, the studs don't line up exactly. Some of the studs are off by almost 1/8th of an inch.

Is this adequate for smooth looking walls?

Thanks in advance,

Bob

stradt03 10-15-2011 02:36 PM

No, if you throw drywall up on uneven studs at best, you will have "waves" in the drywall and worst case you will crack the board or pull the screw through the board trying to seat it.

I had a few studs out of alignment (which luckily were all set back from the others) so I made small shims to plumb them up.

Good luck!

Jason

Bob Guercio 10-15-2011 03:36 PM

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Originally Posted by stradt03 (Post 749303)
No, if you throw drywall up on uneven studs at best, you will have "waves" in the drywall and worst case you will crack the board or pull the screw through the board trying to seat it.

I had a few studs out of alignment (which luckily were all set back from the others) so I made small shims to plumb them up.

Good luck!

Jason

Thanks Jason.

It's going to be quite easy for me because I toed the studs in with screws so to move them in or out an eighth of an inch will be a snap.

Thanks again,

Bob

Gary in WA 10-15-2011 03:42 PM

Probably more info than you asked for, others reading may benefit.
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

Floating corners, primer before and after texturing, etc.: http://gypsum.org/pdf/GA-216-2010.html

Be sure to have required egress in case of fire; http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=...33otStRi7Aff7g

Fire-block the walls and ceiling. Foam board the rims, air seal the drywall.
http://publicecodes.citation.com/ico...002_par031.htm

http://www.buildingscience.com/docum...-at-rim-joist/

http://www.buildingscience.com/docum...wall-approach/

The studs need to plane all over (hence the shims for the middles), top-bottom-middle. The bottom will really be noticeable if adding base or shoe moulding......

Gary

jimmy21 10-15-2011 08:39 PM

Tar paper makes a good shin if you need real thin, like where 1/8 paneling is too thick. Just double it up until you get to the right thickness

Bob Guercio 10-15-2011 10:09 PM

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Originally Posted by jimmy21 (Post 749504)
Tar paper makes a good shin if you need real thin, like where 1/8 paneling is too thick. Just double it up until you get to the right thickness

What is 1/8 paneling?

Bob

stradt03 10-16-2011 05:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bob Guercio (Post 749567)
What is 1/8 paneling?

Bob

I'm assuming he means 1/8" paneling.

Missouri Bound 10-16-2011 09:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bob Guercio (Post 749296)
Hi All,

I've finished framing a room in the basement and my next step is drywalling; however, I'm concerned about the evenness of the walls.

I have a six foot spirit level that I used for a straight edge. If I hold it horizontally and press it up against the wall studs, the studs don't line up exactly. Some of the studs are off by almost 1/8th of an inch.

Is this adequate for smooth looking walls?

Thanks in advance,

Bob

Take your level upstairs and do the same with existing walls. I'd be surprised if you didn't find the same thing. An 1/8" is not something any framing carpenter worry's about.

havalife 10-16-2011 11:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Missouri Bound (Post 750178)
Take your level upstairs and do the same with existing walls. I'd be surprised if you didn't find the same thing. An 1/8" is not something any framing carpenter worry's about.


1/8" is nothing. Make sure you check your top plates and at least every 1/3rd of wall. You will notice an 1/8" more on the ceiling corner then you will on the wall.

RickyBobby 10-17-2011 12:52 PM

Obviously too late, but always put the crown on the stud towards you when building the wall. This way you can come back with the planer and even things out.


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