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Old 12-28-2011, 10:00 PM   #1
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I'm finishing my basement now and am now ready to drywall. I have a question on how to orientate the panels. If I orientate the panels horizontally the bevel on the long side of the panel is at the bottom and top. It's fine being at the top, but what about the bottom where the baseboard has to attach? Would it be better to orientate the panels vertically? The panels will be 92" tall if orientated vertically and there would be no bevels on the top or bottom. I'm also going to be installing drop ceiling in the basement.
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:52 PM   #2
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You need solid wood fire-blocking in the stud wall at the drop ceiling line to pass fire safety inspection; http://publicecodes.citation.com/ico...002_par031.htm

The drywall would run to the ceiling drywall- required. One coat of fire-tape, then build the drop ceiling. 91-1/2" minus 1/2" off the floor, cut the distance off the bottom side of the bottom board- no bevel- no problem with base. Caulk the drywall for an air seal per code: http://publicecodes.citation.com/ico...002_par021.htm I would air seal the drywall to keep air from the colder concrete wall- ADA: http://www.buildingscience.com/docum...wall-approach/

Double-check: http://www.buildingscience.com/docum...lation-systems

Don't forget the rims: http://www.buildingscience.com/docum...-at-rim-joist/
And you already plugged all the ceiling holes, right?

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I'm finishing my basement now and am now ready to drywall. I have a question on how to orientate the panels. If I orientate the panels horizontally the bevel on the long side of the panel is at the bottom and top. It's fine being at the top, but what about the bottom where the baseboard has to attach? Would it be better to orientate the panels vertically? The panels will be 92" tall if orientated vertically and there would be no bevels on the top or bottom. I'm also going to be installing drop ceiling in the basement.
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If your height is only 92", you won't have a tapered edge on the bottom if you put the top in first (as you should) then cut the bottom off of the bottom sheet so the 2 tapered edges are in the center.

Horizontal is my preference because it's easier to finish (no up and down, just one seam about 4 feet high...or in your case, 44")
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I agree with the horizontal....if I do top first though I would have a beveled edge at the top where the drop ceiling rim will attach....although I guess the drop ceiling will be at least 3 to 4 inches below bottom of joists so it should be fine.
If I do what the last poster said and have the bottom bevel cut off, my horizontal joint would line up with all my kitchen area outlets which is not a huge deal.
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