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1/2 or 5/8 drywall?


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02-26-03, 09:45 AM   #1  
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1/2 or 5/8 drywall?

Building a new home and wondering. What is normally used? Do I use the 1/2" throughout the house or 5/8"? And what are the advantages of either size drywall? And where is a good place in the Houston area I can get it for the best price? Thanks again for your help

 
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02-26-03, 10:19 AM   #2  
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as a general rule use 1/2" on the walls, 5/8" on the ceilings. fire codes may require 5/8 on some walls. our city for instance requires 5/8 in the garage if it is attached.

 
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02-26-03, 12:01 PM   #3  
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Thank you very much.

 
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03-02-03, 08:44 AM   #4  
I definitely check the local codes, I imagine that 5/8" is prescribed for ceilings and dividing walls between habitable and nonhabitable space, like your garage. If you can go with 1/2" it's alot light and but I'd recommend getting "anti-sag" rock for any ceilings, believe it's made by USG.

Also if you're doing a whole house, I suggest looking in your local yellow pages for a drywall supplier, it may cost ya a couple of bucks extra, but these guys will put the rock inside where you need it as opposed to delivered on a pallet. Rock is alot easier to work with if it's standing up rather than laying flat. Trust me it's worth it to pay a bit more to have it stocked rather than delivered. IMHO

 
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03-02-03, 08:47 AM   #5  
Another thought, if you're planning on any tiled walls in baths or kitchen, there are much better choices than sheetrock for these areas. Just something to think about.

 
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03-02-03, 10:24 AM   #6  
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thanks for the input!!!

 
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