10:47AM | 06/24/04
Member Since: 12/01/02
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When hanging drywall for a 9' ceiling, is there an accepted industry practice for where the 1' strip goes? On the bottom, in the middle or on top? I've seen someone put it in the middle but it would seem along the bottom would be less noticeable. Hopefully, if done correctly, it would not be noticeable at all....

I'm assuming our base trim and crown molding (if used) will be substantially less than 12" so there is no chance of covering the seam.

Any thoughts? Thanks.


11:07AM | 06/24/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
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When applying drywall to a 9-foot tall wall, there are a couple ways to go. Its more a matter of personal preference, and not a right or wrong way.

First, you can get 9 or 10 foot drywall sheets and apply them vertically. This way every seam has a finished edge and tapes vertically very easily. There is nothing to lift above waist level. I cut the first sheet to meet the stud spacing from the corner, then use full sheets to the end of the wall. Since I do a fairly good job of tape and texture, this is what I do.

You can also apply standard sheets horizontally. When I do this in a tall room, I lay the first sheet on 1/2 inch spacers to keep the drywall off the floor. I place the 1-foot piece in the center, and lift the final piece on top of that. Why? Because its easier to work with the major seam without standing on a ladder or stooping. I find that finishing the butt seams created by this method are harder than the vertical application method, so, I dont do it anymore.

Others may do it differently.


05:02PM | 06/24/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
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You know that they make 4 1/2' wide drywall and that way you will have only one seam on the side walls.


10:10AM | 06/25/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
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5slb6, I have seen the 54 x 12 x 1/2 drywall at the supplier, but can't handle it (too heavy, too awkward to move). But you are right, it would be the ideal solution to minimize seams. I'll stick with the 4x9 applied vertically.

US Gypsum provides their contractor handbook online. Chapter 3 discusses this issue at:

Excerpt "For wall application, if ceiling height is 8'1" or less, perpendicular application of standard 4' wide panels results in fewer joints, easier handling and less cutting. If ceiling height is greater than 8'1" or wall is 4 ft. wide or less, parallel application is more practical."

Parallel means vertical (parallel to studs)

Perpendicular means horizontal.

Complete contractor manual link:

Hope this is useful.


11:12AM | 06/25/04
Member Since: 12/01/02
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Thanks all for the info. This definitely helps.


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