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Old 04-25-2008, 03:24 PM   #1
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Hanging sheetrock questions.


I am about to begin the sheet rock phase of finishing my basement and had a couple of quesitions. I am using 4x8 sheets. Is it easier to work from top down or bottom up? Do you need to level your sheets by snapping a line or will the I-joist be level enough? I do beleive you need to stagger your joints, but a friend of mine laid them up the long way (8' up and down) to cut down on the seams, but is that a bad idea? Any other suggestions before I begin the project?

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I am using 4x8 sheets. Is it easier to work from top down or bottom up?
It depends on these factors:
1.) Are you installing a sheetrock ceiling, or soffits? If so, then you should always install the ceiling and soffits (upper areas) first...then the walls.
2.) Are you installing an acoustic type ceiling? If so, then you can install the walls from the bottom up. I suggest that you use some 1/2" or 3/4" Scrap wood to lay on the floor as spacers, then rest your first sheets (lower sheets) on those.

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Do you need to level your sheets by snapping a line or will the I-joist be level enough?
The I-joists should be level and can serve as your straight edge.

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I do beleive you need to stagger your joints, but a friend of mine laid them up the long way (8' up and down) to cut down on the seams, but is that a bad idea?
Yes, absolutely, you should 100% of the time, stagger all Butt Seams. Standard installation in residential structures, including basements, is to lay the sheets down. Doing so will also create less/fewer seams to tape and coat (than if you were to install the sheets vertically).

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Any other suggestions before I begin the project?
That's all I have time to write.

Reference these links:

http://64.78.42.182/sweethaven/BldgC...sp?iNum=040204

http://www.cgcinc.com/pdf/howtos/j371.pdf

http://www.homeadditionplus.com/Dryw...stallation.htm

http://www.vertri.com/sheetrock_ceiling.html

http://www.hometime.com/Howto/projec...all/drwl_4.htm

Good Luck.


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