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I am about to put drywall up in my basement. The ceiling is just under 8 ' so i am running horizontal around the room on the walls. I have one wall that is around 30' wide. My question is do i have to stagger the panels on the wall. Is it really necessary for strength or can i just stack them so the butt joints run from ceiling to floor. There so many different opinions, I would prefer not to stagger as i am having a professional taper do the seams. Thanks, any additional advise would be great or photos of your layout prior to mud and taping.
 

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If your ceiling is just under 8 feet, why not just hang the sheets vertically and eliminate the need for any butt joints?
 

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I seccond the vote for no butt joints. Hang them vertically.
Cut the sheets one inch shorter than the floor to ceiling height.
They sell a lifter device to use you foot to raise the sheets to the ceiling.
You should also discuss the hanging strategy with your tape guy. This will certainly effect the amount of work (Price) there is for taping.
 
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