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Old 03-07-2009, 10:45 AM   #1
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Drywalling down to cement footings


I recently added an entryway that has 20 inch footings. The drywallers left a 1/2 inch gap between the footings and the drywall. I assumed the would drywall all the way down to the top of the footings but they didn't. Is there a reason you can't or shouldn't do this? If so what can I fill the gap with because I can't use wood trim in these spots. Is there a special material needed?

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I'm assuming that these are concrete stem walls. Concrete holds moisture and if the drywall were placed on top of the concrete it would wick up and cause mold and mildew.

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Is there any type of material .... like putty or cauk that I can use to fill these gaps that won't wick?
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not really. Trim with the PVC as I suggested. This space should remain open. Silicone will not wick water, but water will move along the surface.
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I second the PVC trim idea!
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