Originally Posted by slamseven
My basement is 9 feet - floor to joists. I want to only hang drywall 8 feet high so I can access and run plumbing and wiring more easily. Do I have to fasten a sheet of drywall on all four sides? In other words I will not hang the sheetrock all the way to the top plate on the steel stud framed walls. Is this OK or do I need to add a nailer at the 8 foot mark to fasten the drywall?
The post is unclear, even after the, "In other words".
The sheetrock needs to be secured on all 4 side and the middle.
Are you asking if you need to install blocking at the top of the 8' wall? The answer is no as long as the studs are 16" on center.
Are you putting up a drop ceiling?