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Old 09-11-2011, 05:02 PM   #16
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I have 2 sheets of 14' x 54" x 1/2 sitting here. waiting for my brother to come over and help me lift + hang. They (along with 1x7 baseboard) will allow me to cover my 13' x 9 1/2' wall with a minimum of taping.

Not going to try it myself though...


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Old 09-11-2011, 05:28 PM   #17
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Yeah, the 54" definitely takes "two to tango". I've hung a few pieces of 54" on a room addition (contractor friend of mine supplied materials) and it's a whole different "animal" to deal with. It's a real $#@& to hang overhead (don't know if a lift would work with it or not). You need a 54" t-square if you're going to hang very much of it. It does a nice job, but standing up 9' rock (or in your case 10' and you wouldn't need wide base) works as well. And again, I STRESS, it's a pain to hang overhead. Get 48" for the ceilings even if you want to used 54" on the walls...
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:28 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by bjbatlanta View Post
It is POSSIBLE to hang 12' sheets "solo" if you're used to hanging and are in reasonably good shape. I'm in my late 50's and can still do it, though I prefer to have a helper these days. (And 14' sheets are available at a drywall supply company. If you don't have a lift (I THINK you can use them on the wall, though I've never used one), tack nails across the top edge of the sheet so when you get it butted to the ceiling you can drive them into the top plate(s) to hold the sheet until you finish fastening it. Of course I'm "old school" and use nails and glue on wood framing, so it would be hard to use screws (1-1/4" are fine, by the way). Willie's method suggested above will likely work fine. Just more time consuming (but less strain on the old back)....
Best of luck
I'm using 1 1/4 inch screws. As you say they seem fine. My ceiling strapping/furring is 5/8 to 3/4 and drywall 1/2 inch therefore my srews penetrate totally.
I too am in my late 50's actually 60 this month and can lift the drywall but seem to damage it when just by myself. When you are at the site and no one else, I try to do the 12 footers. 14 footers are long gone here. I'm going to try my lift for the walls and also Willie's method. It sounds good.


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