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Old 09-30-2007, 07:37 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

Almost all of my local hardware stores only carry 8' x 4' sheets of drywall. The ceiling in my condo is 9' high and all the walls are over 8' in length. I found a place that has a few 10’ x 4’ sheets which would prevent butt joints if I installed them with the tapered joints perpendicular to the floor. So, my question is if it’s okay to install drywall with the tapered edges perpendicular to the floor? Most pictures I have seen have the drywall installed with the tapered edges parallel to the floor.

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That depends on where you live. I was told that "earthquake prone" regions require S/R to be installed horizontally.

Other than that possible issue, you can install sheets vertically.

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Thanks for the reply. Considering that I live in Los Angeles I better find out about this. Anyone in the Sothern California region happen to know?
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I've always been curious about why drywall is hung horizontally. Many rooms are short enough that an 8' piece reaches the ceiling, so that way there would be no butt joints. Wouldn't everyone get a better finish if sheets were hung vertically?

I'm sure there's a good reason why they're not, but what is it?
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years back I asked this same question Nate.

If you don't stagger the joints you risk landing on a crowned / bellied stud or ceiling joist. It can take alot of skimming to make the in & out look go way.
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In all of LA I'm thinking there's got to be a drywall supply house that carries 4 1/2 ft wide drywall. Hit the phonebook and you'll probably find it quick.
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As jogr posted:

To clarify; There is such a thing as 54" wide sheetrock, over the standard 48" wide product. Just about any "Drywall Supply" house sells it.
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While we're answering fundamental drywall questions, why are ceilings generally furred out before hanging drywall? Why not put the drywall on the joists? Is it to get a more even surface? Or to make fishing wires easier?
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Furring out ceilings for drywall is a regional thing. In some areas it is the norm, in others the norm is to go right on the joists. Both sides will strongly support their method.

I'm pretty sure the furring is to level the surface but it's not the norm here.

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