New Drywall

Old 03-09-11, 12:39 PM
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When doing new drywall for a remodel does it matter if you do the walls first then the ceiling?
Old 03-09-11, 01:14 PM
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You should do the ceiling first. The walls help hold the edges of the ceiling up. You will jam your first wall piece to the ceiling creating a very small line of taping. Leave a gap at the floor of at least 1/2".
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I assume you say to leave 1/2 " at the base for....Tile etc?
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If the drywall is all the way down to the floor - it can suck up any spilt liquid
Scrap pieces of drywall make a good spacer to rest the drywall on as you hang the bottom sheet.
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The gap at the floor is so it isn't sitting in something spilled on the floor and thus wicking up moisture

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Hi greg,
if you have a bunch to do, especially if you are by yourself, rent a crank up lift. It will make the ceiling job a lot easier. Then you can use it to position the wall pieces as well, pushing them up in place. If the framing was cut to the correct length, your walls should be 8' 1" to the floor, give or take a bit. That allows for the 1/2" drywall on the ceiling and 1/2" gap at the floor with two 4' panels of drywall installed horizontally. If you do not have the 8' 1" height, then some more pre-planning is needed.


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