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Old 06-12-2018, 03:35 PM   #1
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Hi I am new hear so here it is I have a drywall that's putting up my drywall and he missed measured and the drywall 3" off the floor and he says he is going to leave unless I pay him more as this is ASTM standards so I have always thought it was supposed to be a 1/2" to 3/4" anyone know of a link to what ASTM standards are I cant find it on a general search thanks in advance
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I don't think it has too much to do with ASTM "standards" as it does with being dumb. 3"? You're kidding, right? Got pictures? What was his plan for the base? If your walls are 8', then two sheets would leave about 1/2" at the bottom after the top piece was jammed against the ceiling rock. Why did he cut it?
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https://www.usg.com/content/dam/USG_...-en.pdf#page=2
I am not a drywall guy but yiu may want to co over this handbook and check the details.
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I could not find any specifications for the wallboard bottom gap min/max requirements on Clarence linked manual . So I went to USG thinking the OP could demand the board at least be installed to the manufacturer's specifications. No help on their manual either about above the floor clearance measurements.

Common sense dictates unless the buildings engineered drawings are specifying to leave the board up 3 in. from the floor, so that say... a specialty trim is to be installed that needs to fasten directly to the open studs, then there really is no excuse for such a installation of wallboard IMO. So he would have to take me to court to get paid and that won't happen because the install is flat out wrong.

https://www.usg.com/content/dam/USG_...de-en-J371.pdf
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I don't think it has too much to do with ASTM "standards" as it does with being dumb. 3"? You're kidding, right? Got pictures? What was his plan for the base? If your walls are 8', then two sheets would leave about 1/2" at the bottom after the top piece was jammed against the ceiling rock. Why did he cut it?
Its a log home with 8'3" walls he didn't cut it he miss measured and instead of getting the bigger drywall he just put it up now he's crying for more money he's not going to get but dumber yet he was to put green board in bathrooms said something when didn't see any green there so he goes and puts up the white made take that down and do it again
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Real logs and you are covering them with sheetrock??? He should have ordered 54" sheetrock to accommodate the difference in height. He's a dimwit. He needs to take a hike.
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Real logs and you are covering them with sheetrock??? He should have ordered 54" sheetrock to accommodate the difference in height. He's a dimwit. He needs to take a hike.
Not covering them they are the inside walls
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If he even owns a tape measure he would have known this going in and ordered wider drywall for less seams.
Not your issue, it's his.
If he wanted to skip out on ordering the wider drywall and just add that narrow strip (which is a pain to tape) then it should be at no cost to you.
The seam would be hidden by the baseboard.
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ASTM Standards do not cover Installation of drywall the ASTM is material
Testing Standards.

One of my old USG handbooks dated 1987 on page # 138 states " Interrupt wood floor and ceiling plates with 1/2 inch Gap."
Also on page # 333 it states " To control external stresses partitions and other gypsum construction must be relieved from frame work. These recommendations provide for 1/4" relief and are for normal situations."
All detail drawings in my Plaster & Drywall Systems Manual dated 1976 show the 1/4" gap at dissimilar materials.
I would also call your local fire inspector and ask what would be their understanding as for fire rating?
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Since he bid the job wrong that is on him not you! Before the advent of 54" drywall the ripper was put in the middle so you didn't have to bend over to tape/finish. Your checkbook is your best bargaining chip. Don't pay until he finishes the job - he'll come around and finish the job.


1/2"above the floor is the norm for drywall.
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