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Old 04-21-2019, 07:00 AM   #1
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I’m installing drywall in my basement. I cannot fit a 4x8 sheet down my basement steps. Is it best to just cut the sheets in half and install as 4x4 sheets? I’m going to hire a professional to finish it once installed.
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Old 04-21-2019, 07:26 AM   #2
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I am more concerned about how you are going to prevent mold. I have cleaned up more than one moldy mess from attempted basement conversions. Does your basement stay dry?
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You don't have much of a choice if there is no other way. either 4x4 or 2x8 whatever works to get it in basement. before you cut it, I would ask the pro first who is doing the job for best advice on how you should cut it.

How is it studded/framed out? 18 inch, 24 inch on center?
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Expect to pay more for the finishing as there will be more joints, mostly butt joints which take a little more work.


I agree with discussing this with your finisher first, he might even know a few tricks that may make hanging/finishing your basement easier/cheaper.
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Definitely talk to the pro finisher first as they may have a preference or a few tricks. Example, maybe a 4' x 80" piece would fit and still hit the studs. A little waste but drywall is cheap.

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It’s dry.
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I am more concerned about how you are going to prevent mold. I have cleaned up more than one moldy mess from attempted basement conversions. Does your basement stay dry?
It’s dry
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You don't have much of a choice if there is no other way. either 4x4 or 2x8 whatever works to get it in basement. before you cut it, I would ask the pro first who is doing the job for best advice on how you should cut it.

How is it studded/framed out? 18 inch, 24 inch on center?
Great idea. 24oc
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Definitely talk to the pro finisher first as they may have a preference or a few tricks. Example, maybe a 4' x 80" piece would fit and still hit the studs. A little waste but drywall is cheap.

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Great idea. Studs are 24 oc so perhaps 4x6 would be better than 4x4 and I can fit that size down my steps.
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Another different approach might be 4x6 vertical topped with a 2x8 section.

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I think I would cut them at 24" x 8',

Run horizontal, starting at the top with a cut edge at the ceiling corner. Next pc goes in taper-to-taper which is very easy to tape and mud. Next you have cut edge to cut edge. The most difficult to finish, but at least it will be a comfortable 4' work height. Last pc again another taper to taper.


At 24 OC wall studs I would also use butt boards and staggered joints.


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