how to secure sheetrock


Old 05-25-15, 03:33 PM
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how to secure sheetrock

As I worked on the walls and discovered loose tile - I find that this corner of sheetrock is moving. It's not really connected at the bottom nor at right. Not that it moves a lot but enough to where I'm concerned about securing the sheetrock up to the tile. You can see in the lower corner where the tile curves in from a poor repair years ago. This is on the plumbing wall, it's about 8 inches between sheetrock on both sides.

I put a clothes hanger wire in the hole but didn't find any stud to either side - I could only get wire in about 4 or 6 inches to the sides. When I checked to the right it sounded like it tapped on bare tile.

Any suggestions for how to secure this corner of the sheetrock?

I greatly appreciate help. I'm waiting to get these repairs completed so I can have my one bathroom back!

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Old 05-25-15, 03:43 PM
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Have you tried to knock at various places, on the wall? The sound changes when you hit a stud. I don't have much faith in stud finders but it might help you find the closest stud. If none of the above work, remove a piece of the wall & add some studs.
Old 05-25-15, 03:47 PM
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If there is a wall on the other side, you could try squirting some expanding foam into the wall. All you would need to do is drill a couple of 1/4" holes. Might not be an ideal fix but I have had good luck securing items in a wall using foam. (Plumbing pipe, electrical boxes)
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What is the age of the house? that may give an indication of how it was built
I like TI's foam suggestion for a non invasive repair
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Sure looks like you have bigger issues then just that loose drywall.
Cracked tile, missing grout.
Back up and take a picture so we can see exactly where this area comes into play.
So what do you do when you shoot expanding foam behind that wall and when it expands and pushes the sheet rock out?
Just not the right way to fix this once and for all.
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Look at the answers here, too.
Old 05-26-15, 03:58 PM
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Did I forget to say this is the plumbing wall? It's not 4 inches deep - it's 8 inches deep!
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My answer included walls of all sizes.

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