drywalling a ceiling

Old 07-15-10, 05:14 AM
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drywalling a ceiling

Getting ready to tear down the old drywall in my kitchen and replace with new 1/2" drywall. Do most professionals prefer paper tape or fiberglass self adhisive tape? Do you reccomend glueing and screwing seams and butt joints or will screws be fine? Any tips on finishing a butt joint? Should you taper the ends on your own? Any tips on finishing a butt joint will be helpfull! Thanks for your help!
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The fiberglass 'sticky' tape has a poor track record. paper tape will do a better job! Glue is almost always good although unlike the walls the glue [on the ceiling] won't allow you to use less screws.

Butt joints generally need to be floated out about 1' on each side of the joint. With the exception of this forum, I've never heard of anyone making their own taper/bevel on the drywall. IMO it's a bad idea - it can damage/reduce the strength of the drywall.
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Glue and screw is typical drywall installation these days

As Mark said, skip the mesh tape, go with the paper
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Never seen much glue used with drywall but screws is the way to go. Also IMO I always use 5/8" drywall on the ceilings no mater what the framing spacing. Reduces any chance of sag.
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glue and screws are both widely used, yet personally, screw is a better choice.

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