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HoustonRemodeler
Re: Drywall height

I don't want the vertical butted seam that comes from horizontal sheet installation. I hang my sheets vertical too unless there are stud spacing issues.

jkirk
Re: Drywall height

hanging sheets vertically creates more joints that have to be taped.

its harder on the taper as they have to kneel for 1/2 the joint, the only time a vertical butt joint will occur is if a room is longer than the sheets used. having a joint at waist height just means walking along taping it thus eliminating it becoming a two man task.. one guy up on stilts one guy hitting low spots.

not only that but unless the taper is capable of doing a level 5 finish you will see every joint

keith3267
Re: Drywall height

I know the convention is to use a filler strip in the middle, but since this filler strip is going to be so thin, < 2", I might suggest that you put it at the bottom where the joint will be covered by molding.

If you are considering using crown molding in the room, then you could leave a gap at the top and the bottom and you wouldn't need a filler strip at all.

canuk
Re: Drywall height
jkirk wrote:

hanging sheets vertically creates more joints that have to be taped.

its harder on the taper as they have to kneel for 1/2 the joint, the only time a vertical butt joint will occur is if a room is longer than the sheets used. having a joint at waist height just means walking along taping it thus eliminating it becoming a two man task.. one guy up on stilts one guy hitting low spots.

not only that but unless the taper is capable of doing a level 5 finish you will see every joint

Yep --- that pretty much sums it up.
I've got some cousins with drywall companies and we joke about how rockers like the easy way :D

One reason it works in the center is when the sheets are horizontal the seam is feathered out and in this case the 3 inch filler will blend in nicely.

I do both methods -- vertical for smaller areas -- horizontal for larger areas.

jkirk
Re: Drywall height

pretty much the only times i will do vertical board are
1) a section of a wall is less than 48" so the sheet can be cut to width then stood up

2) temperary curtain walls for commercial construction when the board isnt going to be taped, its just there to help keep dust down and people from seeing inside. common for store front renovations

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