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Old 01-03-2010, 06:45 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 01-03-2010, 06:47 PM   #2
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How far apart are the ceiling joists ?

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Old 01-03-2010, 07:32 PM   #3
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the ceiling joists are 19" on center. The soffit lookouts are 16" on center.
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:08 PM   #4
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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:

http://www.gypsum.org/pdf/GA-216-07.pdf And approved by your local Building Department.

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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.
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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?
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Old 01-03-2010, 10:14 PM   #7
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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.....
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Thanks to all replies. I'll use 1/2 drywalls for ceiling and walls and 5/8 firecode drywall inside the furnace room.
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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.
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I rented a drywall lift for 1/2 day - best $20 I ever spent
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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.
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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.

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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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