How would you rock this wavy wall....


Old 03-04-12, 04:50 PM
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How would you rock this wavy wall....

From the stringer, the wall is wavy from 1" variant to 1 3/8". Wavy.

I'm not a fan of cove molding and want the sheetrock to end flush with the stringer and then any gaps would be caulked.

I was think running 3/4 ply strip horizontal forming a straight line from the top of the stringer to the other end. This would form at least a level straight ledger.

Any low spots, I would add 3/4 ply strips - as this would serve as my furring zones..
Cut Sheetrock to size, and screw wherever I have furring strips. 5/8 Sheetrock ontop of the furring strips.

Any suggestions on how ya'' would attack this.

Old 03-04-12, 08:29 PM
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I would probably opt to stucco that part of the wall and make it a distinctive part of the staircase. It can be smoothed out using stucco and it really wouldn't look that bad. Of course smooth plaster may work, but I think the texture of stucco would be good.
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I'd finish the stairs first, or at least stain [if used] and 1 coat of poly. That will protect the wood from any stucco or plaster! I'd probably lean towards using a setting compound like durabond. Does the masonry stay dry?
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The stairs are on the to list of getting finished...but that is after the wall is dealt with and all the dust has settled...then comes the finish as well as wall painting, etc
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If you stucco it (Portland cement plaster) or plaster it(gypsum plaster) You should lath it first. I'd use 3.4# galv diamond mesh lath and nail it plenty but nail it at high points in the wall so some plaster can get behind and key.
But you asked about drywalling it. I would do as you suggest. Put a strip along the stringer. Put one at the top and try to get those plumb with each other. You might have to chisel some concrete out to get it really plumb then add vertical strips 16" oc and shim them out to be plumb. Then screw the rock, tape and finish. Figure out a way to make a nice looking ledge at the top.

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