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Old 05-31-2012, 09:14 AM   #1
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Drywall on concrete block?


I am soon buying a house and have plans to finish the basement (bi-level.) It already has drywall on walls, but one wall, where the coal stove is, has a ledge with concrete block exposed (starts from floor and goes about 3 feet up wall, drywall above that.) I was hoping rather then frame over the block I could just glue on drywall. Would this be ok?

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NOOOOOO. Never have drywall on concrete use small firring strips and then drywall at the least.

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I've done it a few times---never had an issue---large globs of PL Premium and a few short concrete nails into the mortar lines to hold the sheet in place until the glue set up---
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if it's not a foundation wall (the way you describe it, it doesn't sound like it is), then it should be fine with glue and tacks like described above.

not sure i'd want to put it on a foundation wall though.
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i've glued it on with drywall compound. get a 4-6" knife and slap it on the back. i put a mud pie about every 2' stick it on the wall and work in it a bit. hammer some 3/4" into it just to hold it in place till the mud dries.
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Can you do it yes, is it recommended, no

Also, is your foundation wall plumb?
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Not sure if it's plumb, I don't actually own the house yet..

For those saying no, why? Moisture?
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Outside walls sweat---without an air space or insulation the drywall will become damp and eventually grow mold---so reserve this method for interior walls only---

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