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what's the narrowest drywall strip to use without breaking?

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11-29-08, 08:21 AM   #1  
what's the narrowest drywall strip to use without breaking?

I have removed a wall and I want to encase the length of 2x4 at the ceiling which is protruding (it can't be removed). It's only protruding about 1 inche at the most.

I intend to build it up the 2/4 with other wood acting as shim and then, covering/finish it with drywall.

I want to know how much to build it up (for boxing it in) considering that I don't want the piece of drywall to crack as I screw it in.
What is a safe drywall width to work with so breaking under the paper doesn't occur?


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11-29-08, 03:31 PM   #2  
It shouldn't make any difference how narrow the drywall is. If it is narrow enough to be a concern, the tape will reinforce it anyway.

If you are shimming behind the drywall, you'll want the shims under your screws/nails.

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11-30-08, 02:25 PM   #3  
the 2*4 you mention is most likely a nailer or top plate of the old partition wall and more than likely, removal will not cause a problem. If indeed you want to leave it, Marks correct the tape and mud will cover any cracks. fwiw. Adhesive such as liquid nails (for drywall) eliminates the need for screws.

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