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Old 03-10-07, 07:14 AM
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replacing older mobile home ceilings and walls

I have an older, 1979 manufactured home and am considering replacing the walls and ceilings with sheetrock. The walls are not too much of a concern, but I'm wondering if there is enough fastening support on the ceilings. There is currently accoustical panels there now. Can anyone give me some input as to the feasibility of this project.

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Old 03-10-07, 12:13 PM
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Kim: If you can find 3/8" sheetrock, you will have enough structural support above to install the sheetrock on the ceiling. But, wow, you are talking about a big job! Don't forget, all the crown type molding and all the rosettes will have to come down. But before you remove the rosettes, drive a sheetrock screw beside them on either side to hold the present covering in place while you position your new sheetrock. The rosettes will probably be fastened with a #2 square drive screw, so get one while you are at the store. Now as far as the walls go, you will have to build out all your window and door framing to take into consideration the thicker wall board, and still get trim molding to fit.
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Does your MH have the flat roof? If it does the "trusses" are likely made of 1x2's with scrap paneling for gussets. It may hold 3/8" drywall ok. I have done hallways and bath ceilings that way with success. For larger rooms I've beefed up the 1x2's by adding a 1x4 along side it. The ends need to be cut down to make it fit. It will then hold 1/2" drywall with no problem.

The rosettes are easy to remove with a square bit and screw gun. The cellotex panels are stappled at the 4' joints and you will need to cut it where it continues above the walls.

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