Matching Up 5/8" With 1/2" On The Ceiling - Drywall & Plaster - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Drywall & Plaster


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-13-2011, 10:00 PM   #1
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 6
Rewards Points: 10

matching up 5/8" with 1/2" on the ceiling

I gutted my family room in the basement and decided to put in 5/8". The problem I am going to have is in the hallway the 5/8" will butt up against the existing 1/2" drywall. At least it is in the hallway and the seam will only be 3' wide. But how do I work a little magic so it isn't so noticeable? Where the 1/2" ends I do have the access to maybe add shims to drop it down a bit.


jhubert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2011, 10:24 PM   #2
General Contractor
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Fairfield, Calif
Posts: 84
Rewards Points: 75

My thought is trying to get that sheetrock unattached from the framing enough to add shims is you'll do more damage than good. You're going to have to mud anyway of course so prefill the lip a little so the tape lays flat and then mud/float as needed to help blend that transition.


dsconstructs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2011, 10:29 PM   #3
Bud Cline's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 10,705
Rewards Points: 558

Why not just nail up a piece of panel-cap or outside corner molding and paint it to match the ceiling. That would look better than trying to jury-rig the drywall.
Bud Cline is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2011, 10:49 PM   #4
General Contractor
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Fairfield, Calif
Posts: 84
Rewards Points: 75

Gotta admit I like the panel cap idea better, nice and clean, no slanted ceiling......and less work
dsconstructs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2011, 07:41 AM   #5
Not so new
12penny's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Posts: 954
Rewards Points: 520

its only an 1/8". Mud out far enough and I think you'll never see it. At least less so than a piece of molding.
12penny is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to 12penny For This Useful Post:
drtbk4ever (06-14-2011), Willie T (06-14-2011)
Old 06-20-2011, 08:48 PM   #6
MikeKy55's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Louisville KY
Posts: 323
Rewards Points: 254

When I hung my basement, the stairwell walls were already finished. When I did the walls from the floor joist down to the basement floor, I used 1/2 inch. When I started the mud work I realized the existing wall was 5/8Th's. I mudded the joint as You would a butt joint except went out about 3 feet with the final coat. It's in primer right now, but you can't feel it and I can't see the transition.
MikeKy55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2011, 07:01 AM   #7
Too Short? Cut it Again!
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 9,634
Rewards Points: 2,000

These is one instance where I would use mesh tape. I would then mud everything out far enough so the transition would not be noticed unless you were looking for it.

I would use hot mud for this as it will have more density than lightweight compound and you will have more control over it as it sets up. You will not be waiting around for excess moisture to evaporate out either.

I would use a nice, flexible, wide knife (you will struggle with a little 4 or even 8 incher) and would count on a couple passes. I would be careful not to overwork the compound once in place.

Which mud to use is up to you. Hot mud is sold as a powder and packed in plastic lined boxes or sacks. You purchase it according to its cure time and it comes rated from 5 minutes to 120 minutes. A chemical reaction starts the minute water (or even excess humidity in some cases) hits the powder and the mix turns warm--hence the name hot mud. So, you have to move fast in accordance with the cure time mix you purchase.

A true pro can make working with 5 minute compound look so easy but I do well to stay ahead of 20 minute at times. 45 minute compound might be a better bet for someone just starting out?


user1007 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Paint peeling off Bathroom Ceiling!!! armen30 Painting 17 12-08-2011 08:26 AM
Old ceiling replacement idsp General DIY Discussions 12 07-25-2009 10:48 AM
Hardwood floors installed over 1/2" and 5/8" subfloor interplexr Flooring 1 01-25-2009 01:00 PM
Matching Ceiling Texture WorkOnIt Painting 7 05-14-2007 09:46 AM
1/2" or 5/8"? Mr. Michael Plumbing 2 04-25-2007 08:06 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1