I am at a stage of putting up drywalls in the basement. My basement is 9′ and I have few questions:
1. I am going to put drywall horizontally and stagger them, but few people say I should start from top to bottom and some say bottom to top so I don’t have to hold the drywall. Which is the right way or there is no right way, I can do it anyway I find easy.
Hi Ravindra! Sounds like the fun is just beginning for you…
When it comes to hanging drywall horizontally, professional boarders will start hanging the sheets at the top of the wall, and there are a few different reasons for this. You should hang the ceiling first, and use the top row of drywall to help support the edges of the ceiling – it’s much easier to do this with the perfectly straight factory edges.
There’s a good chance that your basement pad isn’t perfectly level across the length of the room, whereas the joists above will be level and flat. If you start on the bottom, that means that you will most likely end up cutting different sized or irregular strips to fill in the last 12” at the top which is time consuming and potentially frustrating. Remember, the bottom 4 or 5” of the wall will be covered with baseboard, so irregular cuts and edges will be hidden – irregular or uneven cuts across the top of the wall make taping the corners more challenging.
Of course there’s no hard and fast rule on this, but starting at the top is the generally accepted method by professionals, and will make life easier at the finishing stage. Remember to fasten the ceiling every 12”, and the walls every 16”. A bead of PL construction adhesive on the studs prior to installing your drywall will help avoid future screw pops, and most importantly – turn off your furnace when it’s time to sand the walls!
Have fun, and don’t get bored of the board!