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Drywall: Vertical or Horizontal for walls?

Old 10-02-13, 10:43 AM
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Question Drywall: Vertical or Horizontal for walls?

This may be a stupid question, or it may just be up to personal preference, but should sheetrock be installed vertially or horizontally on walls? I've got 8' walls in a new office and I'm just wondering which installation would be better? Or if there's actually a specific code for wall installation.
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Horizontal makes for easier joint taping and mudding.
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It also helps to hide any discrepancies in the framing.
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Also three times stronger horizontally in flexural strength; https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q...U1o3kfoOlKl-7Q

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In residential drywall is installed horizontally, In commercial is it installed vertically. Commercial is also installed with 5/8" on the walls and steel studs at 24" O.C.
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I've seen most commercial jobs hung horizontally, but I suppose it all depends. In residential, the only time I would hang anything vertically would be on a short wall that's less than 4' long. Only because it is eliminating the taping on that wall. Side walls in a closet, for example.

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