Ceiling Drywall Direction

Old 02-23-20, 09:28 AM
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Ceiling Drywall Direction

Hello, I plan on installing 1/2" lightweight drywall over an existing textured ceiling. The room measures 23' x 8.5'. Studs run parallel to the short end of the room, spaced 16" however there is another single stud that runs parallel to the long end of the run (see attached picture but make note I didnt include all the 16" studs so that it looks cleaner).

Do you recommend I buy 4x10 sheets and run then parallel to the studs to minimize joints? I'm just afraid of the studs not being absolutely accurate and then it turning into a hassle.

Or should I just run them perpendicular and then have a 6" leftover piece at the ends since the room is 8.5'?

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 02-23-20, 11:30 AM
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Drywall should almost always be perpendicular to the joists.

They also make 54" x 12' sheets.
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I also try to put end to end seams in a spot where it will be less noticeable. The sides of the sheets are tapered so you can tape and mud the joint and not have a hump but the ends of the sheets are cut square. Your tape and mud will build up a ridge on the surface so I try not to have those seams in line with doorways where people will frequently have a good view.
Old 02-23-20, 04:32 PM
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Two years ago I helped a friend redo his popcorned ceiling.
We used 12' sheets of 1/4" sheetrock.
A few helpers and a couple of "deadmans" made the job easy.
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I don't recall ever seeing 1/4" used to laminate a ceiling. To prevent it from sagging between ceiling joists you'd need to use adhesive. I suspect the popcorn would need to be scraped down some for the adhesive to work well.

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