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Old 01-02-2012, 04:45 PM   #1
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When hanging drywall what is the bst way to hang the sheets. Horizontally or vertically. Why does it matter. I am having a lot of problems with my cuts as well so vertically would be easier but was told not the best way.

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Horizontal and 12' sheets when ever possible, far less seams and the seam you will need to finish will be right in front of you.
The ceiling goes in first. Then the top piece so it's tight to the ceiling.
The only cuts you should need to make are at the ends of the runs.
Use a shape utility knife and a drywall square so it can be cut in one pass.
You only need to cut through the paper, go on the other side and hit it with you knee to snap it. Then just cut throught the paper on the other side.
When making your cuts do not try and make it so tight you have to force it in place. Leave a gap.
When cutting out for outlet boxes I do my layout using the drywall square then cut it out with my ossilating saw. Far less dust and more control then with a Roto Zip.

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5/8" is 3 times stronger as drywall has a "grain" to it, 1/2" is 2-3/4 X's stronger; https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q...U1o3kfoOlKl-7Q

I score the paper, snap it, cut the back-paper, all from the finished side. (Giving Joe a hard time....) (Joke) Are you using a drywall square and a sharp knife?

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I am however I did forget to mention it is a family room downstairs in my house and the ceilings are about 7' thats why I am cutting horizontly. also is it necessary to leave a gap at the floor?
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Needs to be 1/2, if not moisture will wick up. The cut needs to be on the bottom. Never have cut edges where theres a but joint. Cuts need to be at the bottom and in the corners.
PS I do my cuts with the drywall standing up and my arms are short so I have to walk around to cut the back side.
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we keep our board about 1/2 to 3/4 inch off floor to keep off moisture.
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Go buy yourself a floor kicker. It's set on the floor and used to lift the drywall up off the floor. It's about $5.00.
One the ceiling and walls if you use drywall adhesiveou can use less screws.
Always use screws not nails.
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Go buy yourself a floor kicker. It's set on the floor and used to lift the drywall up off the floor. It's about $5.00.
One the ceiling and walls if you use drywall adhesiveou can use less screws.
Always use screws not nails.
Hey joe joe thats called a drywall kicker:thum bup: ben
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Where was I when we had the vote on who to pick on tonight?
Bring it on I can take it and your days coming. LOL
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Where was I when we had the vote on who to pick on tonight?
Bring it on I can take it and your days coming. LOL
been there done that....
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horizontal is best direction to hang drywall, cut so cut edges are 1/2-5/8 off floor. 5/8 drywall is much stronger than 1/2 horizontal hanging keeps walls much straighter that vertically hung. which is most noticeable after baseboard is installed, you'll see the waves more if vertically hung? a good heavy bead of caulking or acoustical sealant along floor filling the crack will help keep air out/in as well as ants and small bugs.
I don't typically use a drywall square, seldom are they right! unless you buy an expensive one? I usually use my finger running along the edge of sheet and knife blade on tip of tape measure, bend back and snap, then use drywall rasp to knock off rough edges at joints. you've no need to worry about rough edges along floor if keep it raised a bit. you'll rub a blister on your finger running along edge until you've built up a callus. it wont hurt long!
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TY so much for your help guys. I will try what u said. Cant wait to try and tape. Oh Joy
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TY so much for your help guys. I will try what u said. Cant wait to try and tape. Oh Joy
when you get ready to start taping, read my post to "recommend good book" now on page 2 of this forum. I wrote in precise detail how to go about taping and finishing drywall

hope it helps you?

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