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Old 07-19-2010, 10:16 AM   #1
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I'm drywalling my garage walls and wanted to know what is the best method to hang it, vertical or horizontal.. One wall has 2 windows. the height of the walls is under 8 foot..
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:52 PM   #2
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i much prefer horizontal.

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I vote horizontal as well.
Hanging vertical is better on metal framing. Wood is just not as true as metal.

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My general rule is, anything 4 ft or less I go vertical...anything wider I go horizontal
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As long as you are working with an 8 foot ceiling or less and/or you are trying to maximize material usage and you need less material on way or the other, IMO it's a matter of personal preference.

Once you go over 8 feet, vertical installation means you will be taping un-tapered edges (unless you use 10 or 12 foot sheets, or just need a narrow strip that will be hidden behind the base molding).
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Go horizontal and use butt strips for joining the un-tapered ends...... never any more butt-to-butt mud hump problems.

I can't, for the life of me, understand why anyone butts horizontal drywall on studs or joists anymore. Unless, of course, you have a group of dinosaurs down at your building department, and they still insist on it being done that way.

Horizontal also makes for cleaner ceiling joints since the ceiling lid is smoothly supported for the full length of the upper sheet.

And it goes without saying - or it should - keep all fasteners back away from corner and/or ceiling joints by at least 8" to 12". You will greatly help eliminate future cracks there. This is especially important for ceilings when you are using trusses.
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Go horizontal and use butt strips for joining the un-tapered ends.
For those not familiar with this technique:

http://www.finehomebuilding.com/how-...tt-joints.aspx
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Willie, you'll like my tip of the week....... I just started it earlier today- lol.

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