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helpless handyman 11-14-2006 05:26 PM

Drywall experts ..
Hi to all and thanks for the feedbacks on this dumb question. I have 8ft 4inc floor to ceiling height, I am about to cover my walls with sheetrock and was wondering should I get 4 X 9ft sheets and loose waste, or should I get 4 X 8 sheets, and patch the bottom with 4 inc strips, which eventually say 3 inc will be covered with baseboard molding. Thanks

Big Dave 11-14-2006 05:54 PM

Most people don't know this but a drywall supply house will stock 4'6" wide sheet rock. If you run a row of 4' around the top then take the 4'6" sheet and run around the bottom you will only have one seam to tape and very little waste. By the way they don't make 9' sheets.

joasis 11-14-2006 06:51 PM

As Dave said, do it the way those of us in the business do it, and there is another reason. You can tape and bed the joint at 4'-4", and the board will look as good as your work. Try a seam lower, even if you will have casing later, and you will find out why we do it the way we do.

If you really want some pain, you can get rock in 12' lengths, but not 9'.

helpless handyman 11-14-2006 09:13 PM

Thanks guys, I will try to see if I can get 4'6" rock, but I dout it very much if I can find it in my area. If I get that, that will work lovely! Thanks again.

helpless handyman 11-15-2006 09:57 AM

:no: Okay guys, called up a few lumber yards in my area, and nobody has ever heard of 4'6" wide boards, a few carry 4 'X 10' . That would be so much waste for 4 inches. Any suggestions? Thanks

Bonus 11-15-2006 11:04 AM

Talk to a drywaller, he'll know where to get the wide stuff. Around here the 54" rock only comes in 12' sheets at the supply house. You'll save time and have a better job if you spend the time now looking for the right material, Rich.

helpless handyman 11-17-2006 02:16 PM

No luck guys, all the supply houses here think I am crazy when I ask if they carry 54inc wide boards. I know they make them, because I have checked on the net, but not in NY area. Any other ideas?

KUIPORNG 11-17-2006 03:19 PM

One suggestion, hang 4x10 vertical cut to fit... to fullfill the famous perpendicular to support requirement, install horizontal "dwang" 2x4 between studs...

this may be not as good as hanging horiztal ... but may be the compromise to the situation due to material not available... I too understand material availability is very important to any project, if there is no such materials or cost you primium or shipping from 2000 miles away... it is still not a solution...

joewho 11-17-2006 03:31 PM

Drywall stretcher?

slickshift 11-17-2006 05:17 PM


Originally Posted by joewho (Post 23976)
Drywall stretcher?

I've modified my board stretcher for a piece of rock now and then
Not sure I'd want to do room's worth with it though

joewho 11-17-2006 05:46 PM

What is on the ceiling? and what is on the floor? are they existing?

How about cutting a 16" to run around the bottom with the cut edge under the trim, and the other cut edge at the ceiling?

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