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Best method for locating studs when installing drywall

Old 09-23-13, 04:46 AM
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Best method for locating studs when installing drywall

I'm looking for a consensus on the best method for locating/marking stud locations when installing a 4x8 sheet of drywall.
It appears that the pros tend to eyeball it, but I haven't had much luck with that. I'm doing a large basement finishing project and need a method that will allow me to work quickly and accurately (i.e. not miss the studs with my screws).
Old 09-23-13, 05:51 AM
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I use a fine pencil mark where each stud should be. Mark the stud position on the ceiling and on the floor. Use your drywall square to mark the sheets where each stud should be. Hope this helps.

I think the drywall manufacturers should print grid lines on the drywall in the same manner as is found on OSB.
Old 09-23-13, 09:19 AM
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I normally tack the drywall in place with a few nails [that gives you a bit of a starting point] but the rest is normally just eyeballing it. The screw will let you know if you miss a stud. If you hang the drywall horizontally you'll have half of the stud exposed and when you cover it up you have the screws/nails in the above piece to guide you. Otherwise, marking the ceiling and floor as described above should work well.

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