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Old 01-15-2011, 09:21 PM   #1
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Remodeling Help

Hello everyone, I am new to the site but i love what i have seen so far. I have a couple quick questions and hope for a little help and advice.

I just purchased this "fix er upper" and I am planning to remodel my master bedroom. The guy who this place together used OSB when he did the walls in the bedroom. Why? I dont know. He says her removed all the plaster and Lath and just threw up some OSB rather than Dry wall.

My question is what would be the best way to remodel this room. I want to go with dry wall. Should i take off all the OSB and rock it or get 1/4 sheetrock and just go over it? If i do the second option i then run into problems when i get to outlets as thye will not be flush with the new wall.

My last question is on the ceiling. the current ceiling is not in too bad of shape. Its plaster with some kind of popcorn or heavy textured paint. I really dont like the texture so i am wondering what would be the easiest way to fix this. My only thought would be hang some fernon strips and drywall.

Only thing is i dont want to spend a fortune on this room. I am 22 years old and want to get this house in better shape without spending a ton of money. I do plan on all new window and door trim and baseboards. Thanks for reading and all advice and tips is very appreciated. -Conde54


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Old 01-16-2011, 06:04 PM   #2
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Depending on how many rooms need to be covered with Gypsum board, it may be easier to have a local Drywall guy do the hanging & finishing, and you paint. Figure around $9 a sheet for 1/2". Keeping the OSB and covering with 1/4 is not something I would do. Get three bids for the house and go with the best one, but not the lowest, unless you know the guy/gal & can really trust their work.

Figure since the walls are open, you can update the plumbing, Electric, pull some Coax, Telephone, Network wiring, and put in better wall insulation


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Old 01-16-2011, 07:25 PM   #3
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:04 PM   #4
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Just a suggestion for a possability. The OSB can be a vopour barrier if the seams are caulked or sealed with a water proof membrane. Then secure the drywall to the OSB making sure the seams are staggered. Extension boxes on the electrical outlets. It's always so hard to advise when not able to investigate in person
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Old 01-17-2011, 06:09 PM   #5
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Like mastofall says, its hard saying without being there. But it sounds like to me that you should tear all of the osb off. Then start with new 1/2" sheetrock. 1/4" is more costly than 1/2" because it is a specialty(or it is around here).

Unless your ceiling is sagging or seems to be off in other ways. I would go right over the top of it with drywall. Using longer screws. If its plaster, it probably has run its life and will start cracking soon anyway.

Then again if you can stand the look of ceiling for a while longer then leave it and come back to it later. It may be an inconvience, but it depends on your cash flow, and your priorities(windows).
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