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Jeph

01:20PM | 01/17/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
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I'm re-finishing my basement, and removed some paneling which was glued to the walls. Now the lower 1/3rd of all the walls downstairs either have a good deal of paper ripped from the drywall, or gobs of glue. I'm thinking about possibly hanging 3/8" drywall over all the old stuff. Is this the best way to go? I have 0 experience in skim coating, which I think is the other alternative. Thanks.

TchrMommy

02:51PM | 01/19/03
Member Since: 01/04/04
84 lifetime posts
I had the exact same problem. I opted to rip down the drywall as well and recover the whole room. My decision was based on the fact that the drywall hung beneath the paneliing was never taped or mudded. It was also hung with vertical seams above the corners of the windows and doors, and was a bit moldy in two corners from pet stains. Had the drywall been in better shape, I might have opted for taping mudding and skim coating. In my case, however, the extra demolition was worth it.

treebeard

03:55PM | 01/19/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
265 lifetime posts
I'd go with removing the old and installing new, from scratch, if for no other reason than to expose the studs that you'll need to see in order to screw the drywall to.

TchrMommy

02:53PM | 01/20/03
Member Since: 01/04/04
84 lifetime posts
Good point. I hadn't thought of finding studs... but couldn't he follow the old nails? Be careful not to use chalk lines as they'll bleed through the finish paint.

Jeph

07:19AM | 01/21/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
5 lifetime posts
I decided to just hang new 3/8" drywall over the lower 1/3rd of the walls. Much less work than ripping out all the old drywall, and my trusty stud-finder told me where to drill. My original plan was to put moulding up around the entire room, I'm going to run that right on top of the new drywall.
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