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Old 10-20-2009, 01:54 PM   #1
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I just finished building my shop it is 32 x 40 with 12 foot walls I bought 4X12 sheet rock should I hang vertical or horizontal
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This is a very common question on these forums. The answer is almost always horizontal. You get a shorter total length of seams to mud and tape. Do a search for more discussion.
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I know finishers like horizontal seams but myself if I can fill the wall vertically with a sheet I run vertical seams. All factory edges that are easy to tape and finish. I just find it easier. Now if I could fill a wall horizontally and not have butt joints I would run the horizontally. But that hasn't happened in my business.
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I just finished building my shop it is 32 x 40 with 12 foot walls I bought 4X12 sheet rock should I hang vertical or horizontal
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If it was my shop, it would be whatever is easiest - then again I would probably plywood the whole wall so I could hang stuff on it.

If it was residential anything, always hang it horizontal, unless the wall is less than 4' long.
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i used 4x8 sheets of 1/4" thick pegboard in my shop - screwed it to the studs - already primed white so did not paint.

Looks good (for a shop), can hang stuff on it, and if needed can be easily removed all or in part for wiring or other changes.
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If you do the math vertical actually uses less tape (only by 8 linear ft.) not including corners

i figured this for a 40' x 12' wall.
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I guess I'm wondering why, if you were considering hanging the rock vertically, you would buy 12-foot sheets. Are your ceilings anywhere near that high? I was assuming not, but if yes then I guess Baum's math and MinConst's reasoning apply.
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With 12 foot walls I would hang vertically, not to save tape but because you will have no butt joints to contend with.
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Sorry, I just realized OP did include the height of his walls. (Reading attentivenes: FAIL on my part) In that case, yes, if it were me I'd go vertical to avoid the pain-in-the-butt joints.
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If it was my shop, it would be whatever is easiest
There's the right answer. It depends on what you're trying to accomplish. Vertical will be easier to finish, but harder to hang. Horizontal will be easier to hang, but harder to finish because of the butt joints.

It needs to be remembered that this is a shop, not a lobby. What is the degree of finish that the OP intends? If he is looking for a Grade 5 smooth wall, go vertical, fire tape, go horizontal
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If you do the math vertical actually uses less tape (only by 8 linear ft.) not including corners

i figured this for a 40' x 12' wall.
Thanks for all the input this has been very helpful
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