When I bought lumber and sheetrock, I put some of the lumber down on the
garage floor and laid the sheetrock flat on top of it. Now I want to get
at the lumber to make the partition wall in the basement where the
sheetrock is to be installed, but I want to avoid double handling as far
Would it be OK to lean the sheetrock against an existing wall for a day
or two while I build the new wall, or will the sheetrock acquire too
much of a bend (and even weaken?) in that time?
Leaving it standing a day or two won't matter unless it's very damp, then it
might start to take a set but you really shouldn't store it in conditions
that damp anyway. I wouldn't hesitate to stand it for a while, I just
finished rocking my kitchen and the rock was standing up for about 2 weeks
with no problems at all. Trying to stand it as vertically as you can will
help minimize bending,but this really shouldn't be a problem no matter what.
On Fri, 27 Aug 2004 16:34:19 -0400, Minnie Bannister
A day or two always ends up being a month or two, or several years.
Your mother-in-law will suddenly develop a case of arthritis, along
with hemerroids, and you will be visiting her all of your spare time
for the next 3 years or more. By then, your sheetrock will look like
the hump in the middle of the golden gate bridge.
Only stand it on edge for a few days, and mail yourself a note to
remind you to lay it flat again if it is still standing when the
letter arrives in the mail.
PS. I wish your mother-in-law lots of luck. Those hemerroids can be a
real pain in the ass. :)
For a day or two, OK. Keep it as straight as possible to avoid bending. A
week or so, you may have serious problems.
FWIW, I had a cutoff piece standing upright for a few weeks. It bent over
two feet at the top in a nice gentle curve that would never straighten.
Three feet in front of me(behind my desk) are three pieces of sheetrock.
Two are 12 footers and one 8 footer. They have been there for almost a
year. About 2 weeks ago, I pulled out one sheet to hang it as the last
board in an extended remodeling project. It was slightly wavy but showed no
problems when we hung it.
While I know it isn't the best thing to do, I often
have no practical choice but to store any leftover
sheetrock on edge. I have had sheets stored that way
for a year or two and never had enough of a bend to
be a problem. I may just be lucky. It would be nice
to have enough room to do more of these things the
Bob <valen (at) trust-me (dot) com>
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