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12-25-99, 11:58 PM   #1  
I have a question on installation of the sheetrock on the wall studs. I have always heard that you install the sheetrock going up and down, that is match the top of the sheetrock with the ceiling and the bottom will go on the floor. A friend has started remodeling a house and they are installing the sheetrock running longways along the wall, not up and down top to bottom. they said it doesn't matter how it is installed. does it matter how it is installed? please also let me know any pros and cons on installing it either way. please email me at - [email protected]
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12-30-99, 04:20 PM   #2  
Normally sheet rock should be installed "crossways" to
the supporting members. That is to say that on ceilings,
if the joists are running east and west, then the sheet
rock should be installed north and south. On the walls,
when the studs are going from floor to ceiling, then the
sheet rock should be installed horizontally. That is
impportant for several reasons and the main reason is
for stability. To install the sheet rock the same
direction as the supporting members is called "railroading."
Railroading is frowned upon by most building inspectors.

When the sheet rock is placed the same direction as the
supporting members, then you also have a problem with the
taping. On the walls, when the sheet rock is placed
horizontally, the taping seam is usually in the center
of the wall and it is easier to tape and not as visual
when it is done. When the sheet rock is up and down,
then you must tape the seams all the way to the ceiling
and each seam interferes with a good corner at the ceiling.

To make a long story short, your installer is doing it
right and should be commended for doing so. Most
professional sheet rock installers will agree with this
assessment.

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