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Old 03-18-2011, 11:07 AM   #1
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Should sheetrock be installed on a ceiling longway with the ceiling joist or across the ceiling joist.

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Old 03-18-2011, 11:13 AM   #2
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When doing a ceiling I have always put the long joint parallel with the joist. This method allows for maximum support behind the joint.


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Old 03-18-2011, 11:47 AM   #3
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Check out page #8. Either way is acceptable.

I happen to prefer hanging perpendicular to the joists.
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Old 03-18-2011, 11:51 AM   #4
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I prefer perpendicular as well.
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:50 PM   #5
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Wood framing...I definately go with perpendicular...unless there is a rafter change on the ceiling then I continue across with parallel

Steel stud framing...I go with parallel
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Old 03-18-2011, 05:31 PM   #6
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Depends on the drywall thickness and on center framing spacing.

Using a water-based hand-applied or sprayed texture finish:

For framing spaced 16”o.c.:
½” thick gypsum panel products shall be applied perpendicular to the framing members;

5/8” thick gypsum panel products shall be applied either parallel or perpendicular to the framing members.

For framing spaced 24”o.c.:
5/8” thick panel product shall be applied perpendicular to the framing members.
Page 16, APPENDIX ; http://gypsum.org/pdf/GA-216-2010.html


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