24in center reinforecment

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Old 07-07-03, 10:50 AM
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24in center reinforecment

I am hanging 4x8 1/2 drywall horizontally on my walls that are at 24in centers.
Do I need to have any reinforcement between the horizontal joints? It seems to flex a little and I'm not sure how much is too much.

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Old 07-07-03, 12:43 PM
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How big is your room? If it's big then 1/2 inch won't work on 24's. If its small like a bathroom it won't matter.
 
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Old 07-07-03, 12:56 PM
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I have a family room approx 18x18, and 2 bedrooms 12x14.
The builder used 24in centers on the exterior walls and I used 16in on the interior walls. Why won't 1/2 work on 24in centers?
Could I put a 2x4 between the studs as reinforcement?
 
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Old 07-07-03, 02:11 PM
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I'll rephrase my answer. It will work but the 1/2" will really be wavy. the 1/2" isn't strong enough to span the 24 inches and you will see it, especially on an 18 foot wall. Also why are you using 8 foot sheets? I would go with twelve or ten at the least. You will cut down on your butt joints.
 
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