DIY Home Improvement Forum banner

1 - 9 of 9 Posts

·
The Big Builder
Joined
·
42 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Hello everyone,

I am finishing the basement of my 50s ranch and was wondering what the thickness of the drywall should be for the ceiling. There is a little flex to the ceiling so I a conceerned abotu cracking at the seams. Do I use thicker sheets to be stiffer or thinner sheets for reduced weight?

Any other tips would also be appreciated.

Thank You,

Stephen
 

·
Lic. Builder/GC/Remodeler
Joined
·
7,556 Posts
This depends on the distance between your ceiling framing members. 24" O.C.? 12" O.C.?
Generally, it is best to have your ceiling framing members at 16" OC for any thickness sheetrock (exception: 12" OC for MR board). If you don't have it, add the additional framing.

Once this is done, if you are concerned about flex/sag/etc...Then you could install 5/8" on the ceilings (with 16" OC framing) and 1/2" on the walls.

Good Luck...and check that framing!
 
1 - 9 of 9 Posts
Top