I have a closet that I want to redo. One wall is plaster/lathe, the
other wall is concrete over brick for 1/2 of it then heating duct for
the other part. The ceiling suffered some water damaged before we
moved in, it's not leaked since.
What I want to do is put some new sheetrock in the ceiling then put
some sheetrock over the wall where the concrete and duct work are.
1) For the ceiling I was going to put in some furing strips then screw
the sheetrock to it. I thought about removing what is already there
but it's a PITA to get to due to the shape of the ceiling.
2) For the wall I want to cover up, I was going to mount some 1x3
strips every few feet then screw the drywall into them. There already
is one 1x3 at the 6' level (it holds the closet rod in on that side).
3) For #2, I'd need a 40x100 piece of drywall. Would it be ok to cut a
piece in half and install it in 2 sections? Getting a 40x100 piece
into that closet intact will next to impossible.
Rather than cut a sheet in half it would be better to cut the pieces
so that you have tapered edges lined up. Drywall has tapered edges
while the short side is not tapered. So you can either have a tapered
joint or a butt joint when hanging rock. If yu match up the tapered
edges then the taping and mudding will be a lot easier. It will use
more material but sheetrock isn't too expensive. If you match up the
butt edges it still can be done and often is.
Of course, it virtually ALWAYS is. It would be a rare room indeed that
could be done without butt joints. Perhaps an 8x8 room, but I haven't seen
a whole lot of those. This is in a closet, I really don't think butt joints
are going to matter.
Sorry to disagree but I don't think you get it. Drywall has TAPERED
EDGES. If the rock is hung vertically on the walls then ALL of the
wall joints will be tapered except the corners unless longer than 12
feet. If the wall rock is hung horizonal then there should ONLY be
butt joints where the end of one sheet meet the end of another. All
other joints can and should be hung tapered edge to tapered edge. So,
butt joints can be easily avoided on most walls. They are to be
avoided on the ceiling too.
Butt joints are impossible to avoid on larger ceilings, sure. But, if
the room is 12 feet wide or less they can all be tapered as well.
However, the ONLY place there should be a butt joint is where two
sheets meet end to end or on the corners. If you have a choice and
enough material then there is absolutely NO reason to have any
unecessary butt joints.
There is a reason the rock is tapered. An experienced person knows
this and avoids butt joints where possible. That's just good planning
and good technique. It's just so much easier to tape and mud a
tapered joint but you have to hang the rock right. It is not any
harder or more expensive to hang the rock right.
Sure it matters less in a closet. Ultimately it will be up the the
skill and experience of the person doing the job to make the call.
Sure you can use a butt joint if you have to. Tapered is better.
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