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Old 01-18-2011, 02:10 AM   #1
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1 inch gap between sheetrocks and subfloor


The wall of my house is about 1 inch taller than 8 feet. So there is a 1 inch gap between sheetrocks and the subfloor. I know I will cover it up with baseboard. However I am curious if my sheetrock contractor screwed me up by leaving that gap there? I am going to lay tiles by myself soon. Should I do something about it before I start?

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Old 01-18-2011, 03:33 AM   #2
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If the sheet rock is not part of your air barrier system, then cover it and forget it, once you check it structurally, IMO. If you only have a single bottom plate on the wall (never heard of a double one), then you are not catching that plate by much. I'd ensure that the 'rock is well attached to the bottom plate. Maybe add a few longer screws are in order?

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It this is in a bathroom, 1" off the floor is about right to keep the Gypsum from getting soaked if the tub overflows.
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Sheetrock is generally hung with 1/2" to 1" gap: Tight against the ceiling.
Just make sure that your baseboard nails aren't in that first inch, otherwise the boards won't sit flat.
I personally wouldn't attach it to the bottom plate. Ataching at the 16" O/C studs should be sufficient.
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Not attaching to the bottom plate is probably a better idea. I tend to overkill the tightness on most everything, and I think this is one place where leaving it "loose" is better, like floating it at edges in the lid, esp over interior load bearing walls. Good idea.
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