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Old 08-16-2014, 11:58 AM  
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Default Need a Quick lesson in Drywall Selection

I've been window shopping the Apron stores to get prices on drywall for my basement. I see that they have a few different options Ultra-light, High-strength Lite, and TE (Toughrock).

I've seen reviews that say the ultralight stuff is crappy: peels too easily compresses too easily, sags. But the price goes up significantly on the other products. So I'm looking for more info / opinions from you guys. For instance, does the lighter stuff require more fasteners for a ceiling?

Right now, i'm just doing the ceiling, so the lighter stuff may be preferable and I'm not worrying about water resistant boards up there.



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If all products use gypsum, I'd search gypsum suppliers for info. They might be relatively impartial as to the end use of their product.

The fastener schedule
http://www.cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/f..._wallboard.pdf
page 2,
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The manufacturers instructions and the city of grand rapids both agree that screw spacing at 12" is okay, but sometimes practical experience tells us another thing. just checking.

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The fastener scheduling seems more dependent on stud spacing than wall or ceiling application or drywall sheet weight.

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Ceilings should be regular 5/8 for the fire protection.

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If you don't have 4 helpers and are going with 5/8 thick rent a lift. I did 25 sheets of half on ceilings last year with an 85 year old helper and wish I had rented a lift. I was going over old lath and plaster and half inch was enough.


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rent the lift and buy the longest sheets you can get in the door

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Yeah, I have used a lift before and def plan on using it again. And I'm using 12 ft sheets wherever I can. The less seams, the better in my book.

Neal: when you say regular 5/8, you mean regular strength, no air bubbles kind of stuff? The light stuff doesn't meet code for fire protection? I talked to the usually reliable local building supply store and he said it's all light stuff now.

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http://homerenovations.about.com/od/...ed-Drywall.htm
If all else fails, read the label.
There are stores that sell only drywall and they deliver to the room it is to be used. Good idea when using heavy sheets.
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http://homerenovations.about.com/od/...ed-Drywall.htm
If all else fails, read the label.
There are stores that sell only drywall and they deliver to the room it is to be used. Good idea when using heavy sheets.
Good link, thanks. Anymore info on the ultra-lite and Light stuff? As long as I'm learning, I might as well take the full course.


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