drywall 1/2 or 5/8 inch?


Old 08-01-02, 07:19 PM
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drywall 1/2 or 5/8 inch?

I have removed all of our old plaster & sheetrock in our kitchen. Is it better to use 5/8 inch on the celing or is 1/2 inch OK? Also what length drywall screw should I use on either thickness.

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Old 08-01-02, 08:01 PM
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You're suppose to use 5/8" on the ceiling to prevent sagging.
Can you use 1/2", sure, but if it sags, you'll be tearing it out and doing the job over the 5/8". Best to do it with 5/8" the first time and be done with it.
Old 08-02-02, 08:15 AM
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Use 1/2". It will cost less and be easier to hang. If your ceiling joists are 16 inch centers it won't sag. Use 1 1/4" coarse thread drywall screws.
Old 08-04-02, 10:46 PM
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1/2" is required for ceilings with standard framing. 5/8" is usually used for fire rated walls.
Old 08-05-02, 06:17 AM
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Thanks everyone for your input. I have another question I will post.

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