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Need ideas on putting drywall into old wall

Old 04-08-19, 02:24 PM
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Need ideas on putting drywall into old wall

I have old walls with plywood and on top of it there are wood battens. I want to put the drywall to make it look nice, since currently to me it looks more of old style. I have taken off one of the wood batten to see what is underneath. I need suggestions on
  1. Can I just screw the drywall on top of wood battens?
  2. How about if I remove batten and then screw in dry wall?
  3. At one of the wall I would have drywall meeting the brick wall. How would I finish it?
  4. I also have some doors in the room, is there a way if I donít remove the door frame and just have the drywall flush to the door frame? Since they are 0.5 inch out.
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Old 04-08-19, 03:17 PM
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I would remove the battens and plywood then attach the new sheetrock right to the studs. This works better with doors, switches and electrical outlets as you are not increasing the thickness of the wall.
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Thanks Dane for suggestion. Is there any harm in keeping the plywood (It seems more time consuming to me). If I go this route then I need to think about extending the door jambs about 1/2 or 3/8 inch. Any suggestion on that?
Old 04-08-19, 04:23 PM
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Definitely take the battens off. Taking the plywood off is up to you. If you leave plywood on, get mud rings or box extensions for all your outlets and switches. You will need to remove all door and window trim (and baseboard too) and cut extension jambs for them. Either rip your own on a table saw or buy what is called "parting stop" 1/2 x 3/4 clear pine stock. Then retrim the doors and windows after the drywall is finished. If you are saying your door jambs already stick out 1/2" past the plywood then just drywall up to that jamb and add casing afterward.

For the area that butts up to the brick, use a tear away l-bead. After the drywall is finished caulk the l-bead to the brick if you want it to look seamless.
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Removing the plywood that would give you a chance to update/add electrical and insulation if needed.

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