drywall vertical or horizontal

Old 05-15-19, 10:17 AM
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drywall vertical or horizontal

I'm finishing my basement. I have my walls done, HVAC will go in soon, and then electrical. Plumbing is pre-run to bathroom. after that is drywall...

I'm planning out what I need to do. the edges of my room is about 7'4 due to hvac ducting running in a bulkhead. Should the drywall be horizontal, or vertical? I've heard that horizontal is recommended typically due to the seam being mid height, and strength. But being I would use full panels should I go vertical, or is horizontal still best? the room is 16' x 21'
Old 05-15-19, 10:34 AM
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Only time I hang anything vertical is if the wall is 4' long or less. Hang horizontal, cut edge against the ceiling.
Old 05-15-19, 10:53 AM
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Get two sheets of 12' rock and one of 8' and you can do the 16' wall with three sheets and then four 12' sheets will handle the 21' wall. Hang vertically and even if you used 54" wide rock, you'd need four sheets for the short wall and five for the longer one so you'd be looking at more joints if hung vertically.
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Another vote for hanging the drywall horizontally. It often looks better that way and it's easier on an old back to tape the 4' joint than to go up and down every 4'
Old 05-15-19, 04:31 PM
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Honestly it can go either way!

But, a lot depends on your physical ability to handle sheets longer than 8' or even getting them into the basement!

The simple answer is, the longer the sheets the less joints to deal with, but if your schlepping them home and to the basement yourself a 12' is about max!

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