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mccusack
Sheetrock or drywall behind built-ins?
mccusack

I am finishing off my basement and am putting up stud walls in front of the foundation walls, which are mostly fieldstone with some CMU infills. One of the stud walls will have entirely built-in bookcases along its length. My question is, Is there any reason to put up sheetrock or drywall over the stud wall before installing the built-ins? The bookcases will have back panels so the sheetrock would be completely hidden were I to install it; I'm just wondering if it's considered good practice or not.

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

I prefer to sheetrock entirely for three reasons. One is that you may change the built-in later and this makes that easy. Two is that it seals the area in better. Three is that the sheetrock helps stabilize the studding.

Sheetrock is cheap, finishing is where the cost and time comes in. To save something here, just tape the area behind the built-in and omit the finishing. If you ever change it out do the finishing work then, since the removal will likely do some small wall damage anyway. This way you get the best of everything for the least cost and all your future options remain open and easy.

Phil

HoustonRemodeler
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HoustonRemodeler

My local fire code requires a continuous envelope of drywall (or better) in all living spaces and attached garages. Taped and floated

dj1
Re: Sheetrock or drywall behind built-ins?
dj1

Not installing drywall is in violation of basic codes. There are many solid reasons to why it's code, just do it.

Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: Sheetrock or drywall behind built-ins?
Sombreuil_mongrel

A argument could be made that using 3/4" plywood instead of drywall would give adequate fire stopping and the freedom to attach anything at any point on the wall, which could balance out the added expense because the cabinet construction would be easier, and no need to put blocking in beforehand. How's that for a run-on sentence?
Casey

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