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kupalino 01-03-2010 05:45 PM

Drywall sheets question
I saw at Menards 3/8 drywall sheets. Where should these drywalls be used? Can they be used on walls in basements? I was planning on 1/2 drywall sheets for ceiling and walls but now maybe thinking of 3/8 for ceiling (easier to install) and 1/2 for walls.


Scuba_Dave 01-03-2010 05:47 PM

How far apart are the ceiling joists ?

kupalino 01-03-2010 06:32 PM

the ceiling joists are 19" on center. The soffit lookouts are 16" on center.

Gary in WA 01-03-2010 08:08 PM

You can use it if: the framing is 16"o.c. (run perpendicular to joists) and you don't texture at all, with no insulation above: Table 1: And approved by your local Building Department.

Be safe, Gary

cambishop 01-03-2010 08:21 PM

I just hung drywall in my basement and used 1/2 on the cielings and the walls. I imagine you would have a hard time keeping 3/8 from bowing, or even your screws pulling through when you fasten it. 3/8 also woudl not provide as much sound barrier.

jbraun 01-03-2010 08:35 PM

I am not an architect, but if I am not mistaken 5/8" is called for ceiling install as a fire stop. If memory serves 5/8" has a 1/2 hour fire rating. That could be just a commercial code though.

Greg, never heard of 1/2" high strength. Is this a "specialty" product by USG?

bjbatlanta 01-03-2010 09:14 PM

Regular 1/2" is fine for 16"o.c. framing. You need to use 5/8" for your 19"o.c. framing. Fire rating is not generally an issue for residential construction unless it is in a garage area (ceiling in a "drive under" and sometimes the "party wall"). The 1/'2" "high strength" IS a specialty item and would likely be a "special order" even at a drywall supply.....

kupalino 01-04-2010 06:48 AM

Thanks to all replies. I'll use 1/2 drywalls for ceiling and walls and 5/8 firecode drywall inside the furnace room.

SULTINI 01-04-2010 07:30 AM

Rent a drywall lift for the ceiling why kill yourself especially if you are not that experienced at it.

Believe me you will be glad you spent the money.

Scuba_Dave 01-04-2010 08:49 AM

I rented a drywall lift for 1/2 day - best $20 I ever spent :thumbsup:

cambishop 01-04-2010 10:04 AM

I rented a drywall jack and hung 1500 square feet of basement ceiling drywall in one day. It was very easy. I rented one for $25.

Paulie 01-04-2010 08:21 PM

The 3/8's drywall is used in laminating over existing wall board or plaster. If you have a let's say a ceiling with a great deal of damage or cracks it's cost effective to go right over top of it with 3/8's and have a new clean surface.

Drywall lift is the only way to fly. :yes:

Remember the glue. :yes:

kupalino 01-05-2010 06:35 AM

My actual ceiling will be ceiling tiles. I misspoke, I meant the soffit in ceiling will be drywall which is 2ft wide max, I think I can handle this. But thanks for the advices.

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