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Existing drywall recessed on concrete foundation. What can I do?

Existing drywall recessed on concrete foundation. What can I do?

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Old 06-10-17, 12:40 AM
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Existing drywall recessed on concrete foundation. What can I do?

Hi not sure why my house is like this but I'm about to do a renovation and would like to find a way to bring my drywall over or at flush to the concrete so I can install my baseboards properly.

The previous owner had just put a block of wood over it and the baseboard over the wood.

Anyone have any suggestions?

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Old 06-10-17, 02:31 AM
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Looks like it is deep enough to put another sheet on top of old,
 
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It's not a great idea to attach drywall directly to concrete. Concrete tends to hold moisture which can damage the drywall. It's better to fur the wall out and attach the drywall to the furring strips or if below grade - build a stud wall held slightly off of the concrete wall.
 
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Use a grinder and a thin serrated concrete blade to make a deep kerf in the concrete right at "floor level". Have a helper squirting some water from a water bottle on the blade as you grind to help keep the dust down. Then take a wide cold chisel, set it on top of that ledge and smack the concrete right at the drywall edge. Keep chipping at it and you will get the majority of it off. Then use a cup grinder to smooth up anything that still protrudes beyond the wall or above the floor.
 
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This is kind of what I was thinking since it seemed like a "easy-ish" thing to do but dry wall only comes in 5/8" thickness at my local home depot.

The worst walls stick out about 1" so the concrete would still stick out.
 
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Marksr,

My "basement" is above grade so my walls are just wood stud and not concrete.

Could I screw furring strips vertically through the existing drywall and into the existing stud?

Then attach a new layer of drywall?

If I did that I could cut my furring strips to a measured thickness.

What do you guys think?

Xsleeper,

I'm don't feel like I'm ready to wield a concrete grinder yet. I just graduated from a screwdriver to drill so...yeah no concrete grinding for me.
 
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Yes you can shim out studs, just nail the appropriate size material to each stud.

Are you sure your local big box only sells drywall in 5/8"? Most sell both 1/2" and 5/8" with many also selling 1/4" and 3/8"
 
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