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Old 07-06-2019, 09:33 AM   #1
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Hello all, I'm helping my cousin to fix up her sister's house so that she can sell it. this will be located in the basement area that surrounds her garage. I was contemplating about using 1/4 inch drywall for the ceiling since I'll be working by myself and figure the thinner stuff would be more manageable. I'm going to use 1/2 on the walls. any pro's and con's about this? Thanks
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1/4" is not acceptable for a ceiling as a primary surface. 1/2" minimum with 5/8" is preferred. Rent a sheetrock dolly to help hoist them up there. Much easier and not all that expensive.
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100% what Chandler posted
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I'd be leery of 1/4" drywall being used to laminate over a ceiling. 1/2" is ok for ceilings that have the joists on 16" centers, 5/8" is preferred and needed if the the ceiling joists are on 24" centers.


If you don't want to rent a lift you can take a 2x4 and make a T that you can prop one side of the drywall up with while you push up and screw the other side.
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If you don't want to rent a lift you can take a 2x4 and make a T that you can prop one side of the drywall up with while you push up and screw the other side.
I thought I was the only one who did that!
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Tongue in cheek, but you could take an 8' step ladder and do the same, except you'll never be able to get the ladder out of the room.
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I learned that trick from a drywall hanger many moons ago.

You do want to make the top of the T about 1" lower than the unfinished ceiling so there are no issues removing it. It works well to hold up one side while you screw the other side, then you just walk your way over to fasten that side.



Another trick I learned from hangers is to preset nails along the perimeter of the board so you can quickly secure the board - then go back and screw the rest. The nails under tape are unlikely to pop later on.
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I'd rather make a I than a T.
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Except he's lining up the butt joints. Big no no
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Except he's lining up the butt joints. Big no no
Yes but it shows what some one with no experience can figure out.

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1/4" is not acceptable for a ceiling as a primary surface. 1/2" minimum with 5/8" is preferred. Rent a sheetrock dolly to help hoist them up there. Much easier and not all that expensive.
Would doubling up on the 1/4" meet the 1/2" minimum? (Not that it's a great idea but if someone was able to manhandle 1/4", but not 1/2".)
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Would doubling up on the 1/4" meet the 1/2" minimum? (Not that it's a great idea but if someone was able to manhandle 1/4", but not 1/2".)
Maybe if you glued them together first. You might get some waviness just screwing the first layer up before the second layer goes over top. But why go to that much trouble? Just start with 1/2", use a lift, a prop, or find a helper for the ceiling.
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1/4" will weigh 1/2 as much and break 2 x easier over head.
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How about a T&G ceiling tile.?

Cost a little more then drywall, but much lighter, easier to install, and when your done hanging the tiles your done.

They come in many sizes and shapes to choose from.

One person can easily hang them and in one day.

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