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Old 12-13-2011, 03:48 PM   #1
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Hanging above doors and windows?


I've always heard its not wise to put a joint over a door or window due to excessive movement and potential cracks from the constant stress and movement.

How is best to hang over windows and doors/sliders? Should I just grab a whole piece and cut out the door or window keeping a full piece over the top and pouring over to the sides?

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Old 12-13-2011, 06:30 PM   #2
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with my 30+ years experience with drywall, I can tell you, it's going to crack wherever it's going to crack? not much can stop it.

this includes over doors and windows,inside corners, and corner beads will pop. it all depends on how and where the house settles and how much? you could run expansion beads up from sides of windows and doors, that looks worse and even those will crack.

it's just one of those things we have to live with and repair when necessary!

as always, just my thoughts

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You never want to break the drywall where the header meets the king studs. One sheet around that whole area is best.

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When I did mine, I made little scraps for above and below the window, pieces 2 ft x 3 ft or whatever. Then ran full sheets right up to each edge of the windows. I am pretty sure this is def NOT how to do it!

Lots of splits and cracks.
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When I did mine, I made little scraps for above and below the window, pieces 2 ft x 3 ft or whatever. Then ran full sheets right up to each edge of the windows. I am pretty sure this is def NOT how to do it!

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Just finished hanging with the help of others. I used full sheets in those areas and expected lots of waste, but it didn't end up producing a lot so i'm glad I went the better route and minimized joints near the window and door surroundings.

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Glad to hear that!

For others reading with future drywall in mind;

http://bestdrywall.com/files/ReduceCallbacks.pdf

http://www.paintsource.net/pages/sol...ood_shrink.htm

http://www.finehomebuilding.com/PDF/Free/021174058.pdf

http://gypsum.org/pdf/GA-216-2010.html

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