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4reelhelp@gmail 01-28-2013 12:42 PM

leveling studs for drywall
what is the fastest and most accurate way to make my 3' wavy stud wall level for drywall. Thank you in advance for your help

danpik 01-28-2013 12:43 PM

Do you mean that each stud is out of plane with the ones next to it, or are the studs bowed out in the middle?

joecaption 01-28-2013 12:46 PM

Fastest way would be to just replace them.

brockmiera 01-28-2013 01:00 PM

Do you mean that the studs themselves are bowed? or is the top and bottom plates wavy?

A picture would keep all questions at bay and will get you a very quick and direct answer.

4reelhelp@gmail 01-28-2013 02:05 PM

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arrow is pointing at the stud wall. Wall bows out in the middle. I need to know the best way to make this wall more plum or level. The string is touching the studs at each end of the wall and is pulled tight. The inside studs are also the studs for the outside of the house. This is an upstairs attic room. Thank you again.

4reelhelp@gmail 01-28-2013 02:09 PM

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Sorry I did not mean to upload the same picture twice this is the other picture to demonstrate the distance from the wall to level/plum which ever is the correct term. The smallest gap from the stud to the string is 1/2" the largest gap is 2 3/4". Thanks!:thumbsup:

brockmiera 01-28-2013 02:15 PM

So the string is touching at the ends but not touching in the middle? How far away from the middle studs is the string?

brockmiera 01-28-2013 02:20 PM

Man you could patchwork that wall with shims and ripped dimensional lumber but I'd just frame a brand new wall and put it front of what is there. Snap a chalk line on the floor, using your string there as a guide, to make sure you are framing on a straight line. then use very straight studs to make your wall. you can brace it back to the exterior wall. you'll have to use some plywood to strengthen that window sill return under your dormer.

gregzoll 01-28-2013 02:25 PM

Appears to be Balloon framing. First thing is placing firestops in those pockets, before you do anything. As for the direction the bow is facing, keep in mind, that back in the days of Plaster & lathe, they could make the wall level, just like you can do these days with shims.

You are going to have to take a level, and see how much bow there is, and then go from there. That string does nothing, other than letting you know if the wall is bowing out at one section or not.

4reelhelp@gmail 01-28-2013 02:32 PM

@ Greg, by any chance are you a firefighter lol? I ask because you picked up on that fast, we were planning to do that but i for sure appreciate you mentioning it

gregzoll 01-28-2013 02:45 PM

Nope. Grew up around construction, due to my grandfather was one of the largest Contractors in my state back in the day. Plus it is not hard to tell, due to the fact that is a older home.

4reelhelp@gmail 01-28-2013 03:00 PM

Okay, so the next question is, you said to use a level to shim it out, how do I use a level to do this? levels do not read level when you turn the sideways if I am looking at this right. It may seem that I am construction dumb but I promise I am not. I have done alot of things and we built the dormer and put it on and such. I have just never had to do this before. So the string doesnt show level and the level wont show me level as I know how to do it anyway so is there a level meant to do this kind of work? Or is there a way to use a regular level to do this and I do not know how to use it lol? Thanks

brockmiera 01-28-2013 03:11 PM

He may be saying level but meaning plumb. I'll wait for him to get back to figure it out. I too am confused as to why that string if it is touching your end studs but nothing else doesn't accurately represent how far out of plumb your studs are.

gregzoll 01-28-2013 03:13 PM

You are not look for level horizontal, you are looking for how far out of straight vertical, each stud is. That will allow you to place the Drywall, so that it appears professional, not like some amateur did the job. It is also normal for studs to have a bow in them or Crown.

Since they placed all the Crowns facing inwards, that means the contractor did their job correctly, when they built the house back in the day. You really need to figure out how far out the crown is, as already mentioned. That is where the Straight edge or level comes in handy.

4reelhelp@gmail 01-28-2013 03:33 PM

Just want to double check and make sure I understand what you said. So it is okay that the wall has crown in it, just make sure that the up and down on each stud is level correct?

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