04:40AM | 07/29/00
Member Since: 07/28/00
2 lifetime posts
What is the purpose of the 1x3 strapping that I see you put on ceilings? To straighten and make things flat? Change direction of wall board? What are the consequences of not using strapping and attaching the wall board or blue board directly to the ceiling joists or in my case, 24" O.C. scissors trusses.

Thanks in advance!
Raino Trifonoff


02:07PM | 05/20/01
Member Since: 05/16/01
4 lifetime posts
The reason for using strapping can be for several reasons.

1. On 24" center trusses the Drywall has to be 5/8".You can place the strapping at 16OC and use 1/2" drywall.
2. Strapping can even out older houses with crooked, twisted and uneven joists. You must ship the places where the strapping doesn't meet the joist.
3. Strapping provides a wider nailing, screwing location for sheet goods. Trying to join and nail two pieces of drywall on
a 1 1/2" wide stud is not as easy as a 2 1/2" wide strapping.


08:30AM | 03/19/02
Member Since: 03/18/02
4 lifetime posts
What's the best way to attach the strapping to the trusses? Then do you attach the drywall perpendicular to the strapping and parallel to the trusses?

Mark Hammond

05:05PM | 03/19/02
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
Hello Davankar,
All good answers but it also keeps the joists from moving causing cracks in the drywall material. The drywall should run like plys in a piece of plywood, at right angles to the furring strips which are 16" oc.....Mark Hammond


02:29AM | 03/20/02
Member Since: 03/18/02
4 lifetime posts
Thank you for your reply but my first question about attaching the furring strips was not answered. Is one screw at each joist location enough or do you need two? Then what is the layout needed for screwing the drywall to the strips? Every 6" on edges and 12" in the field? Should you make sure to put a longer screw through the strip and joist where they meet?

Again, thanks for your response.


06:26AM | 03/20/02
Use 2 – 1 ¾” course thread multipurpose screws into each truss to secure the furring strips. Using 2 screws at each truss will help keep the furring form cupping. Use 1 ¼” course thread screws to secure the drywall. Use screws at 6”- 8” on center at the butt joints and 12” minimum in the field. Longer screws through the drywall into the trusses are not necessary.
Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon