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jfgrabe
Drywall height

I'm remodeling and the studs are 94 5/8 inch. Any suggestion what I should do for drywall? Should I get one 54 inch and one 48 inch and just rip one or is there a better option? Thanks.

ed21
Re: Drywall height

48" + 48" = 96". Either lay it horizontal & cut a little off or go vertical and cut a little off. I have never seen 54" wide gyp board.

A. Spruce
Re: Drywall height
ed21 wrote:

48" + 48" = 96". Either lay it horizontal & cut a little off or go vertical and cut a little off. I have never seen 54" wide gyp board.

Ditto. :cool::cool:

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Drywall height

The pre-cut studs are that size for a reason;

When framing new construction, a sole plate of one 2x4 and a double top plate are part of the wall construction. Each 2x4 is 1.5" totalling 4.5" added to the 92 5/8" studs = 97 1/8". Once the ceiling is drywalled, subtract 1/2" for most residential and 5/8" for commercial leaving behind 96 1/2" give or take. That leaves 1/2" of slack space for installing the sheets of drywall and discrepencies in framing.

canuk
Re: Drywall height
ed21 wrote:

48" + 48" = 96". Either lay it horizontal & cut a little off or go vertical and cut a little off. I have never seen 54" wide gyp board.

A. Spruce wrote:

Ditto. :cool::cool:

Double ditto !!:cool:

canuk
Re: Drywall height
HoustonRemodeler wrote:

The pre-cut studs are that size for a reason;

When framing new construction, a sole plate of one 2x4 and a double top plate are part of the wall construction. Each 2x4 is 1.5" totalling 4.5" added to the 92 5/8" studs = 97 1/8". Once the ceiling is drywalled, subtract 1/2" for most residential and 5/8" for commercial leaving behind 96 1/2" give or take. That leaves 1/2" of slack space for installing the sheets of drywall and discrepencies in framing.

If it's a non bearing wall there's likely only one top plate added with the bottom plate = 3.5 inches added to the length of the 92 5/8 studs totals 96 1/8.
It's pretty commom to see 5/8 gyprock for ceilings ( unless it's high density 1/2 inch ) in residential --- subtract the 5/8 and you're at 95 1/2 there abouts.

jfgrabe
Re: Drywall height

That is stud length then add bottom plate and dbl top plate putting the total 99 1/8 inch. Thanks

Fencepost
Re: Drywall height

Drywall is available in different widths to accommodate varying wall heights. 54" is commonly used in houses with 9' (nominal) ceilings.

You're probably not going to find it in your big-box HouseMart, but check with some local lumberyards and they can probably get it for you.

If you do end up ripping down a wide sheet, install horizontally with the cut edge at the bottom. That way the tapered factory edges will meet mid-wall so you can get a flat joint. Stagger the end joints so they don't line up vertically -- that helps prevent a bulge at a 4-way corner.

Other way is to just use 48", push one up to the ceiling & the other to the floor. Then fill in the gap in the middle with 3/8" drywall.

And in case anyone's wondering why you go horizontal rather than vertical -- it cuts in half the number of joints you have to tape over your head.

jkirk
Re: Drywall height

as just mentioned about putting one sheet up to the ceiling and one down to the floor then filling in between, this is to make taping easier. by having a filler strip inbetween you only have to make one large pass over the two seams as opposed to having two seams to tape midway and at the bottom

regarding 54" sheets. it can be purchased however its highly unlikely you'll be able to get it at a big box store. you'll probably have to order it straight from a drywall supplier which manufacture and sell it directly to the end user

canuk
Re: Drywall height

Yep -- in that case hang the top and bottom sheets and cut a filler strip for the middle. I don't know about using the 3/8 for the filler strip though. I've never seen any rockers do it that way. Seems it would be a heck of a build up of mud to fill and feather out the joint. The same thickness of filler strip is generally used --- at least that's the way I've seen and learned.

ed21
Re: Drywall height

The 3/8 or 1/2" gap at the floor, with the ceiling installed first, gets covered with the base molding. I can't see trying to cut or snap 3/8" stips of drywall.
Having installed & finished drywall for a while many years ago, I never understood installing it horizontally, even though most reisdential work is done that way. I was doing commercial work at the time. One vertical seam to finish every 4' as opposed to a continuous horizontal seam at 4' and verticals every 8'.

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