where to line up drywall seams


Old 10-27-17, 07:22 AM
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where to line up drywall seams

I am putting new drywall in family room. I put 2 full 8' sheets on wall up to ceiling. When putting in the bottom drywall sheets- I have 2 large air return vents I need to cut out of the drywall but also need to offset seams from upper pieces. The air return cutouts are like 12" high by 18" wide. Do I want to avoid putting the end of drywall sheet in middle of the vent cutout? Does it matter?
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Old 10-27-17, 08:48 AM
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Stager the sheets and wherever the vents, the lights, or the doors fall that is where you cut. Doesn't matter!
Old 10-27-17, 10:50 AM
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Just a tip. Drywall should be staggered at the mid points if possible, 4' usually.
Drywall that's staggered increases the wall strength greatly, it's like installing a 12' diagonal wall brace.
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Also hanging drywall diagonally makes it easier to finish [joint is at an easier to access level] along with making it harder to see any discrepancies in the framing.
Old 10-27-17, 04:12 PM
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I think Marksr meant hanging the drywall "Horizontally" not diagonally. LOL Stagger the sheets and where ever the return vent lands in the mix will be fine as long as there is adequate framing to stabilize the drywall. All drywall seams need to be on solid framing.
Old 10-28-17, 03:02 AM
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Ya, I meant horizontally
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Yeah. Hang it diagonally it would indeed make the joints harder to see. They are not where one would expect them. What fun taping them. What fun hanging the rock?

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