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Drywalling problem where it meets the floor - looking for ideas

Old 12-09-09, 03:11 PM
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Drywalling problem where it meets the floor - looking for ideas

We've been drywalling the house we purchased recently. Everything was wood paneled before, over plaster(except for one wall, where it was simply over the insulation!).

Most of the walls have gone up fine or there have been no problems, or we've been able to figure it out. But now we are at a wall with the bow window, where the floor and the wall are 1.5" apart, and our drywall is 1/2". What do we do to make up the space. Ideally we want trim but I don't think it's that big. We've talked about furring out the wall an inch but then it hits an electrical box on an adjoining wall and we will have to cut the plate down to make it fit. Plus we will have to figure out how to make everything fit for the window frame.

If we had more money we will take the lathe down and reinsulate, probably bring the walls out to 6" instead of 4". But after electrical and everything we are out of money and trying to get this done to bring our furniture in and bunker down for winter!

Any ideas?

Here are a few pics, I hope they help:
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Old 12-10-09, 04:12 PM
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You make up the difference with the flooring not with the drywall. Is the floor is level all the way to the wall? It appears that there is a drop. A 1/4" piece of Luan may work.
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You may also want to think about a different kind of baseboard. We ran into this problem we working on our house. We ended up using a 1x6 as a baseboard, we also used 1/4 round along the bottom. We used a router to make an edge on the top and it looks pretty good.
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Joey, welcome to the forums! Close up pix don't do us much good, as we can only see the microcosm of the problem. Are you saying the wall juts out, or the flooring juts in? Post a pix a little further back so we can see the entire problem. We'll figure it out.
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Is there a void between the floor and the wall? The pictures make me wonder.

Here is a simple idea. Put up two layers of 5/8 drywall or even two layers of 1/2 drywall Can you live with the 1/2" gap or the 1/4" gap until you put down new flooring?

Drywall is probably cheaper than furring. Stagger the joints in the second layer from those in the first. Maybe stand up the back layer and run the second layer horizontally. Still make sure joints don't fall on the same studs.
You might need box extenders for the electrical boxes.

Any chance you can move the box that is in the way of thicker drywall? Why is there a box that close to an angle anyway?

A picture of the window and electrical box might help, too.

BTW those little sticks on the wall in the picture are lath not lathes. Both the singular and plural of the word have the same form like deer, elk, moose, fish, fruit.
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One way to cover the gap between the edge of the existing carpet and the wall would be to install a narrow piece of carpet of contrasting color all the way around the room. Make the width of the new carpet piece the same all the way around the room. The color of the new piece should coordinate with the wall color. Not the best solution, but a possibility.
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Are you putting in new carpet? Maybe you can have it re stretched? If not then fur out the wall with 3/4 furring strips then 1/2" drywall. That should cover.

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