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Old 08-20-2013, 07:23 AM   #16
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Drywall lift =working smart. 16' drywall sheets are usually special order so the 12' is no problem. The butt boards are an excellent idea I use them all the time. One advantage to going horiz. is if you go vert. you must be sure the edge of the sheet ends in the center of the stud. If it is a little short on a 1 1/2" stud you don't have much to screw to, and if it's long the next sheet doesn't have much. Over the 8' that can cause a problem, and don't forget crooked studs. These problems can be eliminated by using butt boards and having the board end in the cavity. And don't forget to stagger your joints so they don't end up one on top of the other. (called railroading) I know it's too late now but they are making a lite weight drywall and it really makes a difference.

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Tool....I've used that light weight stuff.....while it's nice to carry....I don't like how soft it is....it gets damaged too easy...and screws pop through it easier than real drywall.

I've done an assessment of my walls....because of my prior errors on 16" spacing when I did my garage...I made damned sure I got these walls with the 16" OC. So, I'll be doing a combination....

I might try the DIY butt board...strip of OSB using drywall shims on each edge...
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Drywall lifts are awesome.

Another thing to consider is how you like to work. Vertical drywall requires vertical joints, meaning you're working on that joint from floor to ceiling. Horizontal drywall requires more horizontal joints and some vertical joints. Some people find it easier to work a joint straight across the wall at 4' high from side to side.
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Good points and it crossed my mind.....
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Horizontal for me when I can.
Verticle when I need too, say I can only get 8'sheets in a basement or second story.
Never could handle 12' sheets myself, 10's I can
How the heck does 1 man get 12'sheets on a lift/ Well unless you have a lift that tilts almost to the floor.

Butt boards when going horizontal for the butt joints.
When going vertical don't join on studs join between them with some 1/2" ply cut into 3" strips and drywall adhesive and screws.

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