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Old 05-06-2013, 09:43 AM   #1
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Hello,

My question is about how to space my drywall off the existing lathes by 1/2"? Can I use strips of 1/2" drywall over each stud? Do I need to use plywood instead?

The reason I need to is there was plaster and paneling on the walls before. This stuck off the lathes by over 1/2". The existing windows were put in so that the panelling just covered the back edge. If I use just 1/2" drywall over the lathes you would see a gap on the back of the windows.

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I would be more likely to use 1/2" plywood in 3" wide strips over the studs. My hesitation in using strips of drywall is the crumbling and breaking over time with all those screws through a narrow piece.

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Moneymgmt,

Thanks for the reply!

I would agree with your crumbling concern. I think I will use 1/2" plywood strips instead.
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I'm going to do something similar soon and I was thinking of gluing strips of drywall together. Too bad you decided on plywood. I would have liked to see how well the drywall worked. Gluing two strips of 1/4" drywall together might make them stonger then one 1/2" strip. For me, I may glue three 1/2" strips together. I'm not sure what glue to use though. I haven't found any information on what happens when you try drilling through construction adhesive but the fact that it's flexible could be a problem.

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I would have liked to see how well the drywall worked. Gluing two strips of 1/4" drywall together might make them stonger then one 1/2" strip. For me, I may glue three 1/2" strips together. I'm not sure what glue to use though.
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I actually look for ways to use up left over building materials. I have half a tube of construction adhesive to use up before it goes bad. And I'd like to keep it fireproof if I could.
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Why don't you just pack out the trim? Unless I'm missing something. I do better with pictures.
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I would rip some fir strips from 2x on your table saw to the exact thickness you want. Seems less expensive than cutting up plywood or MDF? Some on this site suggest sistering 2x out to the the correct height but seems like a lot of material waste. Would be quick though.
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If it's down to the studs I would just hang the drywall and fab some trim for the window it's the easiest thing to do with out having to put alot of extra time in to the project.
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All the electrical boxes will be to far out though.
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All the electrical boxes will be to far out though.
So just move them back, whats the big deal?

Again, why cant they just pack out the trim?
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So just move them back, whats the big deal?

Again, why cant they just pack out the trim?
No big deal, just has to be done or they will be sticking out too far. They may not survive moving if they are plastic boxes so it is an extra cost.

Trimming around boxes sticking out 1/2" would look goofy? I assume you were not suggesting to do so though.
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all you are doing is essentially shimming drywall. you can use anything 1/2'' thick I use drywall all the time. no different than hanging 2 layers of board
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You could just buy 1/2" sound channel, thats what it is made for.
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You could just buy 1/2" sound channel, thats what it is made for.
Not a bad idea. Rather pricey for shim/firring out a wall though.

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