I am remodeling my garage and noticed that the drywall is not attached
(screwed) to the sill plate and somewhat bowed outwards at the bottom because
of this. I plan on attaching 1X4s for baseboard with finishing nails but I
am concerned that hammering might break the drywall due to the age of it.
Should I firm it up with drywall screws in a few places into the sill plate
or not? Don't want to waste my time if not needed. Any advice appreciated
On Wednesday, July 31, 2013 7:43:12 PM UTC-5, James Harvey wrote:
ached (screwed) to the sill plate and somewhat bowed outwards at the bottom
because of this. I plan on attaching 1X4s for baseboard with finishing nai
ls but I am concerned that hammering might break the drywall due to the age
of it. Should I firm it up with drywall screws in a few places into the si
ll plate or not? Don't want to waste my time if not needed. Any advice appr
eciated :) James
A couple or three photos, a close-up, a med and a distant shot would sure b
e helpful since you don't say how bowed out the sheetrock is.
On Wednesday, July 31, 2013 8:43:12 PM UTC-4, James Harvey wrote:
I'm guessing this is sitting on top of a block or concrete foundation? I'd
add screws. You might check and see if there is both a sill plate as well
as a wall bottom board? Like this.
case I would screw to the non-pt board and trim the bottom of the wall boa
rd so it ends at the top of the pt sill plate. The pt on a foundation sill
deals with the damp block/concrete and sort of protects the construction a
bove there. Wall board doesn't handle damp well and that's probably why it
has bowed out. It's damp on the backside from the contact with the sill p
late. Long term the wallboard will deteriorate further if it stays damp.
I would also look at a non-wood solution for adding trim to it. There are
composite trim boards you could use. Personally I install wallboard in gar
ages so the bottom edge is several inches above the foundation and then I t
rim to cover the gap using 8" hardiplank beaded siding as a trim board. Th
e hardiplank won't care about a little moisture.
Concerned about wasting time, huh? If you would have just screwed in
an appropriate amount of screws to solve the problem it would have
probably taken a lot less time than it took to post your question.
That's my advice.
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