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looking4ideas 03-31-2008 08:09 PM

Need Drywall Help
Hi, newbie here. We recently purchased a 20-year-old house in which the quality of the drywall work is not the best. The biggest problem is in the upstairs bedrooms and master bathroom, which are in dormers, so the walls go straight up for about 64 inches, then slopes at about 45 degrees to the wall. Where the slope meets the straight vertical surface of the wall, it is very wavy along the horizontal line. After taking down the drywall in the bathroom, we can see at least part of the problem -- there is no horizontal framing to keep the drywall straight, so it buckles between the vertical studs. We don't want to tear down the drywall in all the rooms right now (although we recognize that it may be the only solution in the long run), so I'm wondering whether there's any way to cut out a piece (for example, a horizontal strip a few inches wide) just along the seam and insert some kind of support behind, then put some new drywall in. Does this sound feasible and, if so, how would you recommend we go about it?

AtlanticWBConst. 04-01-2008 06:27 AM

Yes, that is a framing question.
Or, shall I say, a framing issue, and not a drywall problem.

Sheetrock is going to form itself to what it is attached to. Generally, what you see in such an area, is wood strapping installed in horizontal straight lines that follow a previously snapped chalk line - for straightness.

About the only thing that comes to mind (without seeing this), & to avoid ripping down all the sheetrock and re-doing it, would be to back the screws out, and attempt to slide a lathing type segment of wide stock behind the areas to give it some kind of "backing" that will keep it a little more unified.
What I mean by the stock, is using a 3/8" by 1-1/2" + strip of wood. This would cause the corner to curve slightly, but (if it worked), would not be really noticable, compared to being able to correct the obvious "blatant" eye-sore.

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