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Old 03-30-2007, 10:13 AM   #1
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Cannot get my drywall into the basement.


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Im praying someone can help me. Its seriously driving me insane that i cant get my 4x8 sheets of drywall into the basement! My stairs are in such a way that they go down one flight to a landing and turn around 180 degrees and go down another flight. Ive tried cutting holes in the wall to make room, cutting the drywall down to side for the walls (which is useless for the celiling because i need the full 8 feet to be able to reach all the joists).

I REALLY dont wanna cut the drywall down to size to 4x4 peieces and place them up, because mudding and taping will be MURDER.

Has anyone ever done this and are there any techniques to get around this?

I know a pro has HAD to have encountered this issue before. How do the pros do it?

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Old 03-30-2007, 10:43 AM   #2
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Hi Guys,
Im praying someone can help me. Its seriously driving me insane that i cant get my 4x8 sheets of drywall into the basement! My stairs are in such a way that they go down one flight to a landing and turn around 180 degrees and go down another flight. Ive tried cutting holes in the wall to make room, cutting the drywall down to side for the walls (which is useless for the celiling because i need the full 8 feet to be able to reach all the joists).
I REALLY dont wanna cut the drywall down to size to 4x4 peieces and place them up, because mudding and taping will be MURDER.
Has anyone ever done this and are there any techniques to get around this?
I know a pro has HAD to have encountered this issue before. How do the pros do it?
Wow..that's a tuff one. I am assuming that you are talking about the entrance from your 1st floor to the basement?
There is no outside access?

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Your flight of stairs....are there solid walls or is it just a framed wall around the stair well?
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If you don't have an accessible entrance from the outside...could you 'open up' an area of the stair well to pass the 4x8 sheets thru to the basement? Then go back and 'seal it up' when you are done with your project?

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Pull back carpet cut slot in subfloor, drop dry wall through?
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Old 03-30-2007, 10:54 AM   #6
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If there's access to the outside, make a hole to get the drywall in and then fix the hole you just made.
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Old 03-30-2007, 10:59 AM   #7
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my coworker use the pull carpet and take away subfloor approach successfully before... as suggested above... but I guess that is much more trouble some if you have hardwood flooring...
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I guess you need to determine which is worse. Having to demo something to get full sheets downstairs or taping a mudding more? Maybe there is a way that you could get an 8ft section down but not 4ft wide. If it were me, I would try to get the largest piece of drywall in the area and then cut it down to size. If the basement stairwell is not finished or you wouldn't mind tearing out to make extra space you could do that. Tearing up carpet and cutting a hole in the floor sounds like it would work, but may be more work than its worth.
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Old 03-30-2007, 11:26 AM   #9
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if your basement is > 1500 sq.ft, it is kind of worth the effort to try to bring down full drywalls... if > 1000 only, it is a border line... if it is < 1000 sq. ft.. may be not too worth...
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I am assuming you have joists that are 16" O.C.?? If so cut your 4x8 pieces down to 80" in length by 48" wide. Would that work? If not keep going down by increments of 16" till you get something that fits. It would require a little more taping but probably only 3 or 4 more seams. (Basically if you can keep the length longer then go with that. Otherwise, you get do both the lenght and width, but like you said it will require more taping.)
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I don't know what kind of headroom height you have in your stairwell but can the sheets be stood on end to get around the corner then layed back down to continue down the stairs?
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Old 03-30-2007, 12:01 PM   #12
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here's an idea, back cut it down the center deeply and snap but dont cut the front paper. With two people carefully fold it in half and carry down, install as you go with a friend. If you're careful you can probably get them up and in a basement get away without taping the "break."
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here's an idea, back cut it down the center deeply and snap but dont cut the front paper. With two people carefully fold it in half and carry down, install as you go with a friend. If you're careful you can probably get them up and in a basement get away without taping the "break."

for broken drywall with only bound by a thin piece of paper without taping...

might as well cut them and tape them properly for rigidity sake...
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I have a stairwell excatly as you described. Previous owner left about half a dozen sheets of drywall in the basement. I needed 3 sheets for my bathroom. We were able to sneak the sheets up by getting them through the door way, then standing them up on edge to get around that 180 bend. Maybe your ceiling height is lower and making it more difficult. Backcutting the sheets, exactly where there is a joist might not be a bad idea?
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Back in the old days of lathe and plaster this wouldn't have been a problem
Hey wait a minute, maybe....

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