05:09AM | 05/23/02
Member Since: 05/21/02
5 lifetime posts
I currently have a stucco (rough) plaster ceiling in my dining room which I want to replace with a smooth finish. I believe I am going to just drywall right over it. So my question(s) is:

Can I use 1/4" drywall with a lot of screws(to prevent future bowing) or do I need to use 3/8"?

Can I attach the drywall directly to the plaster and use some adhesive, or do I need to put furring strips or something else between to two?

Can I completely avoid drywalling by just trying to sand existing rough plaster? Or is that just a nightmare to tackle?

Thanks for any help.

Mark Hammond

06:50PM | 05/26/02
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
Hi Bobster,
It can be done both ways but I would stick to using 3/8" drywall. It has more substance and will remain flat better than 1/4". Remember that you want to install it at right angles to whatever you nail it to. So if you use furring strips the strips get nailed at right angles to the ceiling joists and the drywall gets nailed at right angles to the strips, lengthwise. Another thing to note is the thickness of your ceiling joists. You may want to checl your local code for info on specifics on weight.
Oh yea, this is much easier to me that stripping the ceiling paint off......Mark Hammond
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