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Old 01-16-2012, 07:35 PM   #1
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I have read 100 different postings and forums and DIY Network videos but I still have a question about hanging drywall vertically or horizontally.

I have heard alot of people talk about hanging horizontally because of less seams and strength of the horizontal edge along the ceiling. My main question I guess is that since I only have 7' ceilings, hanging the drywall vertically would let me cut 1'x4' section off each 4'x8' sheet instead of a 1'x8' section on half of the sheets, making less waste. Also all of my seams would be the tapered long edge vertically except where the ceiling and wall meet.

Would this be the way to go or still go horizontally? Please let me know if you have any actual advice instead of just nonsensical jokes or comments? I know alot of you have good info to pass on. Thanks in advance.

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I typically hang my drywall vertically because I don't like to tape horizontally.
Less waste is good too, like you mentioned.

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Horizontal is definately stronger and the way most ros do it.

I have seen it done vertically, and have noticed you can see the seams more easily when it is finished,
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I don't see how you're making any less waste with having twice as many 1'x4' cut-off's vs. 1'x8'?? I'm fairly sure you'll be tossing about the same aamount away.

If you are trying to avoid butt-joints, you can shim out every stud but the studs at the joint to help depress the joint as well as many other options. I'd agree with above though that it's harder to hide vertical seams of 7' tall sheets.
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Well I guess you're right about the waste but shimming every stud seems to be quite a time and material waster. Is this something that is regularly done? Also I don't know if it matters but it's for a basement.
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I typically hang my drywall vertically because I don't like to tape horizontally.
Less waste is good too, like you mentioned.

Good luck,

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Sweet. Do you have any pics to disprove the bad seam quality in vertical hanging?
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There is one fatal assumption to the vertical method........

That you have EXACTLY 4' spaced studs (at 16" OC) and that they are totally straight up the wall. All it takes is for the stud that is supposed to be at the 4' mark, be off by 1/2". Kind of hard to stretch a 4x8 sheet 1/2".
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"Sweet. Do you have any pics to disprove the bad seam quality in vertical hanging? "

you don't need pictures? go into any office building where stand up sheets were used. simply follow the ceiling angle you can see every joint.
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vertical joints create more joints for the tape.. and they have to kneel to tape the bottom half.. by running the sheet horizontaly they only have to deal with the angle joint at the ceiling and one joint waist height unless the wall is longer than the sheets bought..

as for how vertical sheets look, it does look terrible.. unless you have a taper that can do a level 5 finish your going to see the joints especially if its on wood framing. its a commercial method used for curtain walls.

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