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Old 03-12-2007, 10:20 AM   #1
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Drywall For Basement


I am not a DRYWALLER by trade, but want to drywall my basement and was hopeing that one of you would help me out here.

I would like to know what type of Drywall to put on the walls and ciling? 1/2" , 5/8" or 3/8" ? Mold resistant or not?
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Old 03-12-2007, 10:39 AM   #2
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1/2 inch should be fine in your basement. There should be 5/8 around your furnace area if it hasn't been done already.

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Old 03-12-2007, 09:28 PM   #3
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You can put 5/8 on the lid for a little more sound control. Even better if you insulate it first. 1/2 on the walls. leave a 1/2 inch off the floor in case of water.
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what is the framing? Is it a wet location for mold? There are alot of things to factor in! Go to your local Drywall Supply house for answers. THIS is not Home Depot......He was working @ Mc D's last week!!!!!
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if it's all 16oc just go 3/8 on the walls(if you put some insulation behind it) and 1/2" on the ceiling. As far as the "green board"......save your money. It'll rot just as quick as the rest if it's exposed to excessive moisture. Instead use good paint and focus on keeping the dampness down......I have a fancy dehumidifier which looks like an end table and runs extremely quiet.
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As mentioned already:

1/2 " everywhere.
high humidity: Consider 'densarmor' sheetrock.

Extra precautions:
Install foam board in the lower 12" cavities of the walls.

Link for Densarmor:

http://www.gp.com/build/product.aspx...4659&hierarchy
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In a basement I would use Densarmour just in case your basement floods I would also put up a vapor barrier up against the basement wall before I framed then use foam board insulation, I would use 5/8's in ceiling also insulate ceiling with R-19 for sound.
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Old 03-26-2007, 08:27 AM   #8
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Why would anyone use less than 1/2" on walls? the difference in cost is pennies for most jobs and the quality difference between 3/8 is substantial.
I don't get it.
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Why would anyone use less than 1/2" on walls? the difference in cost is pennies for most jobs and the quality difference between 3/8 is substantial.
I don't get it.
I don't get it either. We have remodeled close to 200 basements, not to mention how many homes and businesses we have drywalled in the past 22 years, and there is no industry reason to use 3/8" on any walls over framing. It's primary use is for 'go-overs'.

Question: What is the suggested point of using 5/8" for the ceiling?
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24" spacing on trusses. Or sound deadening between floors.

I use it in either circumstance.
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24" spacing on trusses. Or sound deadening between floors.

I use it in either circumstance.
No sarcasm intended, but do you really think that an extra 1/8" of sheetrock is going to make a difference in sound deadening?

Resiliant channel and layering with air spaces is the means to attaining sound deadening.
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That would be condescending, not sarcastic.

Weight is the number one factor in sound deadening. The extra 1/8 inch helps.
I'm not saying a layer of 5/8" attached directly to joists is a top end sound deadening installation but you can really tell the difference between a 5/8 rocked house and a 1/2. It's good practice for the minimal cost IMPO. If you really want some quiet floors you should be hanging two layers of 5/8 with z strips. There's a lot of other methods and I have studied them a decent amount. I studied studio design and consulted on a Pro studio here. I'm glad you think there's one solution from that magazine article you read.

See that was condescending.
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That would be condescending, not sarcastic.

Weight is the number one factor in sound deadening. The extra 1/8 inch helps.
I'm not saying a layer of 5/8" attached directly to joists is a top end sound deadening installation but you can really tell the difference between a 5/8 rocked house and a 1/2. It's good practice for the minimal cost IMPO. If you really want some quiet floors you should be hanging two layers of 5/8 with z strips. There's a lot of other methods and I have studied them a decent amount. I studied studio design and consulted on a Pro studio here. I'm glad you think there's one solution from that magazine article you read.

See that was condescending.
...Actually, we don't just study it or read about it, we do it:

We have been doing sound deadening/ acoustic construction and remodeling in commercial work, medical buildings, & multi units for over 20 years...(Steel, wood, sheetrock, channel, quite rock, acoustic insulation, staggered stud construction, acoustic caulking, etc)


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You or other people at your company?

And I do it too smartass. If you personally have any experience you wouldn't ask if there's a difference between 5/8 and 1/2

So go **** yourself.
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Question: What is the suggested point of using 5/8" for the ceiling?
Living space above, gas fired appliance in the basement, firecode would be a good reason.
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You or other people at your company?

And I do it too smartass. If you personally have any experience you wouldn't ask if there's a difference between 5/8 and 1/2

So go **** yourself.
...Wow...nice manners...

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Oh

was I too sarcastic?
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He's a DIY er........I figured it would be substantially lighter in weight for him to carry it into his basement. Aside from saving a few pennies, alighter board for a DIYer is going to get the jod done easier and faster and neater.......and that my friend is priceless.

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