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sheetrocking 2x4 rafters


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09-09-03, 04:39 AM   #1  
sheetrocking 2x4 rafters

My new house used to be a summer cottage, built in 1955. Some of the ceiling tiles in the living room were falling off, and after taking them all down I discovered the rafters are 2 x 4s. I would like to sheetrock the ceiling, but am worried about the weight load. Is 1/2" sheetrock risky, or should I go with 1/4"? (or is even that too heavy?)

Also, I'd like to put in recessed lighting up there, but from what I'm seeing it calls for a minimum of 2 x 6 joist construction (even the "shallow" housing units do.) Any suggestions? Thanks!

 
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09-09-03, 07:12 AM   #2  
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sheetrocking 2x4 rafters

You can scab on to your existing rafters with 2x6's. Just get the correct length place them on to the existing lumber nail them up and rock and roll.

 
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09-09-03, 12:31 PM   #3  
If your ceiling joists are 16" centers then 1/2 inch drywall will be fine. You can hang your can lights on the 2x4's.

 
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09-09-03, 05:29 PM   #4  
16" centers?

Thanks for your reply. What exactly are 16" centers? Thanks again!

 
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09-09-03, 05:33 PM   #5  
The center mark of the rafters from one to the other, which allows adjoining drywall sheets to be butted to each other on the center of the rafters.
Sheetrock comes in 48" wide sheets / 3 rafters = 16" centers.

 
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