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Old 09-06-2018, 09:15 PM   #1
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Hello everyone!! I had a quick question to ask for anyone who knows or can help. I purchased Double wide trailer sitting on basement foundation. The walls inside the house are all panels and I want To remove the panel and put dry wall (Sheetrock). Anyone know the size of the dry needed or can be used and what thickness of insulation can go on a 2 1/2 studs?.. please and thank you
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Old 09-07-2018, 02:40 AM   #2
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You will want 1/2 drywall but I would add to the depth of the studs so you can get more insulation in. Most new houses to day are built with 2x6, for 5 1/2 inch space.
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How old is the DW? are you sure the studs are 2.5"? most of the trailers I've worked on had 2x4 [1.5x3.5] studs on the exterior walls. Double wides typically have a double 2x3 center wall. All other interior walls are a crap shoot. I've seen 1x2, 1x4, 2x2 and other sizes used.


Insulation looses value if it's compressed so you need the right insulation for the depth of the exterior studs. I agree with using 1/2" drywall and you'd need to either reposition the electrical boxes or use box extenders. I'd do the latter.
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Why not just go over what you have now with 1/4" sheetrock?
It would be a whole lot less work.
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X2 with Joe:
my brother had a DW near Richmond, VA and he put 5/8" drywall
in the living room area and 1/2" in the bedrooms right over the existing
paneling - mainly for additional insulation as well as sound dampening
from the outside traffic.
of course you must look at whatever trim around the doors and windows
this may affect. 1/4" drywall would be less problematic for trim
if you don't want to rework the casement trim affected by the thicker drywall.
my brother is a pretty talented woodworker so it was easy for him to do the
creative modifications to the trim around the doors and windows.
but - yes - it is done . . . but you must really look at the overall picture
of what is within your skill level to work around the obstacles.

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