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Old 09-14-2017, 12:26 PM   #1
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Hanging drywall on ceiling


Hi there,

I'll be hanging drywall in the basement ceiling in the next week or so but not sure what direction to lay it.

I have prepped the ceiling by installing 1 x 3 stripping perpendicular to the floor joist on 16" center.

Would I ....

A: Hang the drywall perpendicular to the stripping (parallel to the joist) so
the butt ends will end/begin on the stripping.

B: Hang the drywall parallel to the stripping (perpendicular to the joist) so
the tapered ends will end/begin on the stripping.
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Drywall is three times stronger in the long direction so it's recommended to hang perpendicular to what you are screwing it to. In your case that would be perpendicular to the furring strips.

The USG handbook says when hanging 1/2" drywall on a ceiling perpendicular, you can have framing spacing of 24 inches. When hanging parallel, you can only have 16 inches.
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I agree, across the strapping or with the joists now.
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Perpendicular to the furring strips it is. Thank for the info!
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I started to hang the drywall on the ceiling but noticed that I may have a problem once I start the walls.

The furring strips are 3/4" thick and the drywall is 1/2" = 1 1/4". When I start the walls, I will only have about 1/4" space left on the top wall stud to attached a screw into. So I think I have enough space to support the drywall but not enough to be able to attached a screw. I will only be able to secure the drywall with on the bottom and side studs (24" apart).

Is this going to be a problem? Will/should I need to add another stud to the top to screw in the drywall or should I start to hang the drywall on the walls before the ceiling?

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I would just add 3/4 or so (or 1 1/2 ) nailers between the studs.
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I started to hang the drywall on the ceiling but noticed that I may have a problem once I start the walls.

The furring strips are 3/4" thick and the drywall is 1/2" = 1 1/4". When I start the walls, I will only have about 1/4" space left on the top wall stud to attached a screw into. So I think I have enough space to support the drywall but not enough to be able to attached a screw. I will only be able to secure the drywall with on the bottom and side studs (24" apart).

Is this going to be a problem? Will/should I need to add another stud to the top to screw in the drywall or should I start to hang the drywall on the walls before the ceiling?


Every 24" is fine. Use drywall glue. My hangers put maybe 20 screws (all but 2 on the edges) in a 4'x16' sheet when using glue.
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It's easier to use nails along the perimeter, start the nails before you lift the sheet up, knock them in and then switch to screws. The tape and mud will help prevent those nails from popping later.
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Thanks for the input.
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The drywall does not need to be nailed to the top plate. To the studs is enough. Use glue as mentioned to reduce the number of fasteners.
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I'm not sure if I can use glue. I have a vapor barrier on the wall studs.
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Why did you elect to use a vapor barrier over the studs? Is there fiberglass insulation in the stud cavities? Is there rigid foam against the concrete?

I know, bad timing, but had to ask.

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The outside perimeter walls were prepped by the builder. They erected the walls, added fiberglass insulation and covered it with vapor barrier.
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So, you have foundation, stud walls, cavity filled with fiberglass insulation, plastic vapor barrier, and it will be covered with drywall.

Some details: I don't see where you are but I assume it is a cold climate. In addition to moisture vapor passing through the foundation a cold climate will have a condensation problem with warm humid basement air seeping through that fiberglass and reaching a cold foundation wall. Best practices now like to recommend a layer of rigid insulation so that the first non-permeable layer and air will hit will be above the condensation temperature (the dew point). I'll add a link below and reference a photo of your wall assembly.

Now, to put that into perspective, the results they show are not guaranteed, just more probable than if the rigid were used and vapor barrier were omitted. Since I have no other information about your basement, how it was constructed, or other moisture/water issues I cannot predict an outcome.

Take a look at photograph #2 in the link below.
https://buildingscience.com/document...ts?full_view=1

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The outside perimeter walls were prepped by the builder. They erected the walls, added fiberglass insulation and covered it with vapor barrier.


Just an FYI, primed and painted drywall is an acceptable vapor barrier.

What's done is done, Just use more screws.


http://buildingincalifornia.com/wp-c...lChecklist.pdf
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