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Old 04-19-2012, 08:30 PM   #1
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we have a home that had plaster and lath boards, we tore down to studs 2x4 vary in spots up to 3/4 inch How do i fix this so i can drywall?

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Old 04-19-2012, 09:06 PM   #2
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If I understand correctly I assume you mean the studs are different thickness as one faces them ?...

The old studs will have to be shimmed out using strips of wood either bought or made. A straight line across the wall studs (parallel with the ceiling) will need to be determined via laser instrument or pull a string tight from corner to corner and vertically plumb from the ceiling down to the floor in each corner. Time consuming task and not easy to do for beginners. good luck

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Old 04-19-2012, 09:33 PM   #3
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It's far faster to sister studs then to try and shim each one.
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It's far faster to sister studs then to try and shim each one.
Hugh?Nonsense! Just to start how can you possibly justify the cost?With a table saw, the OP can rip a room full of firring strips or shims from a single 2x4!
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Every wall I ever looked at like this needed shims cut on tapers. Sometimes tapered to nothing in the middle or the next one tapered to nothing at each end. You can spend an outrageous amount of time trying to shim each stud. Easier to sister the studs and move on.
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Every wall I ever looked at like this needed shims cut on tapers. Sometimes tapered to nothing in the middle or the next one tapered to nothing at each end. You can spend an outrageous amount of time trying to shim each stud. Easier to sister the studs and move on.
i agree, i did it once, what a pita. i didn't think of sistering until i was finished
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i am doing the same thing right now, i went with shimming, not really that hard but time consuming at first, once you get a hold of it it would be a breeze...you might have to make your own shims our if 2 X studs for those studs with 3/4 difference. buy "dry wall shims" which are really cheap. these come in 1/16 i thinks and you can stack them up to increase the thickness. there is also a product by trim tex called "shim on a roll" but it is kind of expensive. good luck with your project!
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Use tar paper and cut into 1" pieces and staple to the studs where they are not level. Its fast and cheap. If its over and inch or so then use a table saw and rip down some pieces of wood .
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Use tar paper and cut into 1" pieces and staple to the studs where they are not level. Its fast and cheap. If its over and inch or so then use a table saw and rip down some pieces of wood .
How on earth do you staple 40 strips of tar paper to get an inch thick and actually hit structure?!?

Use wood please. Either cut your own full length shims on a table saw or sister new 2x to the old to bring the wall out flush. But layers and layers of paper or whatever just asks for heartache come drywall time.

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