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Old 10-17-2010, 09:23 PM   #1
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I have a roofing nail gun and a senco auto feed screw gun, which would be best for the new ceiling I'll be putting in?
What thickness of drywall should I be using for a ceiling and what length of nails or screws should go with it?
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Old 10-17-2010, 09:39 PM   #2
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wrong nail gun for drywall. if you nail drywall it has to be done with drywall nails. the senco screw gun is the way to go in your case

pros/cons on nails vs screws. well, the drywall will fall before either fastener fails

what you should use on the ceiling

if you're 24" oc use 5/8 or 1/2cd board. i still suggest 5/8 mainly because cd board is expensive compared to 5/8

if you're 16" oc you can use 1/2 or 5/8.

5/8 is able to support quite a bit more per sq/ft so blowing in a lot of insulation, like R60 level would have me going 5/8 on any ceiling

the cons? 5/8 is heavier and thus harder to install

you should be using a hoist to hang any ceiling though

use as many 12' boards as possible to minimize butt joints

stager your seams. if you have a 20' wide room that means 12' - 8' the 8' - 12'

that's all there is to it

i also suggest paper tape in setting compound, fiberglass can work in hot mud as well but the ceilings always seem to have more shifting than any other area of the house. if you're gonna get hairline cracks somewhere, this is the place.

you can use 1-1/4 or 1-5/8 screws. the 1-5/8s are easier to start with 5/8 drywall and don't require a perfect press to grab.

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A.2.1.1 For framing spaced 16 in. (406 mm) o.c., 1/2 in. (12.7
mm) thick gypsum panel products shall be applied perpendicular
to the framing members; 5/8 in. (15.9 mm) thick gypsum
panel products shall be applied either perpendicular or parallel
to the framing members. (See Tables 1 and 4)
A.2.1.2 For framing spaced 24 in. (610 mm) o.c., 5/8 in. (15.9
mm) thick gypsum panel products shall be used and shall be
applied perpendicular to the framing. (See Tables 1 and 4)
A.2.2 Failure to comply with Tables 1 and 4 of this specification
creates a potential for ceiling sag.
A.2.3 A drywall primer compatible with the texture material
shall be applied prior to the application of any water-based
texture.
A.4.3.1 Gypsum panel product surfaces to be painted or textured
shall be primed with a drywall primer compatible with
the final decoration.
http://www.gypsum.org/pdf/GA-216-07.pdf


Panel orientation is important. Prime before texturing helps even the playing field, especially if going "knock-down".
Floating corner to reduce drywall tape cracks on page 6- fig. 3-5.


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Thanks for the tip on primer, didn't even think about drywall primer. Your link seem to have all I need, thanks again.
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The use of "butt boards" will eliminate any problems with Butt Joints. IMHO anyone who continues to fight the ridiculousness of still putting drywall butt joints on framing members needs to step back and ask themselves "Why?. Are they just gluttons for punishment?
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Glad we could help! You will like this one....... http://gypsum.org/download.html

Enjoy!
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