Tips on getting drywall in basement

where_am_iSeptember 26, 2006

I have discovered it will be next to impossible to get a full sheet of drywall down my steps, around the corner and into my basement. At first I was thinking I could cut the sheets down. I am pretty sure I will be hiring out the taping and mudding portion, but I would think less seams would always be better, even if a pro does it. My next thought is to go through a window. I have a 6' wide casement window that needs to be replaced anyhow. Is there such a window that can be removed and have the full width available?

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Are you doing this as a one person job? I had to do the same thing and the orange "panel carry" tool sold at Home Depot was great for this. I won't say it was easy, but at least it let's you hold the panel "lower" as you go down the steps and maneuver.

And "next to impossible" is still way better than cutting them. If you haven't done so, you might want to get a helper and actually find out.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2006 at 3:42PM
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Instead of cutting the sheets down, I heard that you can score one side and snap, but don't break apart. This allows you to maneuver a sheet of drywall around corners. Since the paper remains intact on one side, no additional seams.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2006 at 3:54PM
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I was able to trim the sheets to their necessary height for my walls, then make the turn in the steps. One sheet at a time but it worked. For the ceiling, I purchased 12' sheets, then cut them into 5' and 7' sections, staggering my butt joints.

One of my neighbors removed his family room carpet, then a section of sub floor. Dropped the drywall down and reinstalled the carpet. Clever solution.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2006 at 9:23AM
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Don't listen to the dumbaxx about scoring the back of the sheet.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 3:21PM
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yo momma's a dumbaxx! jerk!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 8:22PM
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If full 4 x 8 sheets will not fit through the passageway available, then cut as necessary to get them down there. But I would try to store the sheets elsewhere as full sheets and cut/carry as each piece is installed. Slower perhaps, but some cut pieces needed for specific locations might be able to be moved in to the basement while the same piece might not yield from a piece 4 x 4 or 2 x 8 if all the sheets were precut. For example, suppose you needed a 3 x 5 at one place. If both 4 x 4 and 2 x 8 can be carried to the basement, then cutting as they are installed makes even more sense. Cut whichever is best for the particular place in the basement.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2006 at 7:27AM
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