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Installing drywall from custom cabinet to ceiling


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Old 08-11-16, 08:42 PM
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Installing drywall from custom cabinet to ceiling

I've been hired to finish small leftover work after an incomplete house renovation project. One of the things I have to do is this, it's easier to sketch it rather than trying to explain:

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As you can see in the picture, there is a cabinet that is made out of drywall that goes up about 3/4 of the way up a wall without touching the ceiling, my job is to fill in the space between that cabinet and the ceiling somehow. I have no idea how the people before me built that thing, but it appears to be coming straight out of the wall.

So in effect it doesn't really have to be drywall, but since the cabinet below it is also made of drywall I thought it'd be easier to blend it in together if I also used drywall. It just has to look like one column from floor to ceiling at the end.

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Old 08-11-16, 08:44 PM
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A cabinet made of drywall.... that I would like to see. LOL
 
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Old 08-11-16, 08:58 PM
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It's a little cupboard that was made to house a washing machine. It's got the same perimeter as a washing machine just taller, so not sure what to call it but a cabinet.
 
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Since it's sheetrock and it has a door it's more of a closet.

It looks like the door is solid which means the washing machine cannot be run with the door closed. The washer also requires side and rear clearances. Sometimes the specs are posted right on the washer door.

You'd have to add three nailers (2x3 or similar) to the top of the closet and then three more pieces on the ceiling. You'd need to deduct the thickness of the sheetrock so that the old and new sheetrock edges meet evenly.

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Well that's what I assumed it was for since it has hot and cold water outlets on the wall. The actual machine is standing nearby and not yet placed inside. The door is a folding type closet door, I just didn't draw it. But really what's the difference what the room is for lol?
 
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ok sorry, just saw your edit. Can you explain it with a bit more detail? What are nailers? Is it just a piece of wood or something? So I have to screw the "nailer" to the closet, and then screw my new drywall to the nailers on both the closet and the ceiling? Is that how this cabinet (ahem closet) was built? I've been in this house before, and actually painted the wall the closet is now sitting on and definitely know that it wasn't there before therefore it's not a part of the house's frame.
 
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A nailer is a piece of wood that the sheetrock can be attached to.

You will also need to pieces in the front corners to form the corners and two more on the wall itself.
 
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Hmm, to be honest I'm not really seeing how this will work. If you can explain more thoroughly it would help. How will this wood even screw to the custom closet or the ceiling? There's no guarantee that it's sitting under a beam.
 
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If the top plate won't hit a ceiling truss you need to either add framing from above or figure out how to add structure below to attach the wall framing to. Securing a piece of plywood to the ceiling might work.
 
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What is the approximate height of the enclosure and what is the height of the ceiling?

Whatever height you need to fill, I would purposely build the upper portion larger than the bottom.

You could build a simple U-shaped box to sit on top of the closet. I would make the sides and front overhang the bottom by 3/4" to 1".
You can attach the box using adhesive, and shimming it up to the ceiling.
Once you are done with shimming, the 3/4" overhang and any gaps can be covered with molding.
 
 

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