New SheetRock..30% Lighter...Stronger???

andrelaplume2February 15, 2011

It seams to be taking over HD where I am. It costs about the same...a little more. Anyone have any feedback? Sounds too good to be true? I hope its not overstock of that junk from China.....

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SheetRock Ultralight drywall was introduced last year as a premium product. Interesting to see it's already being sold for nearly the same price as standard drywall.

From a letter to its customers:

USGs SHEETROCK is made in North America. United States Gypsum Company ("USG") has been manufacturing wallboard in the United States for almost 100 years.

* USG does not make wallboard in China.

* USG does not relabel or rebrand wallboard from China.

* USG does not use Chinese wallboard demolition waste in making our

Here is a link that might be useful: US Gypsum

    Bookmark   February 15, 2011 at 9:14PM
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I picked a few sheet up by mistake the other day, but decided to keep them for a mere four pence extra per sheet. I tell you what, my back was delighted! (I'm getting too old for those seventy pounders.)
I can't speak authoritatively about strength, but they certainly seemed just as strong. I think most of the strength comes from the paper and the thickness anyway, not the mass of the gypsum.
Being the cheapskate that I am, I may stick with the original weight, at least for walls. But if the price was the same, I wouldn't hesitate.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2011 at 1:31PM
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four pence = US6cents

    Bookmark   February 16, 2011 at 2:38PM
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Wow..... Why have I not heard of this stuff. As a self employed handyman, I do just about everything, flooring, tile, painting, decking, fencing, and assembly of many things. I would say about 70% of everything I do requires drywall repairs and texture matching, I find it odd that I have not seen this stuff!

Here is a link that might be useful: Burnet Handyman

    Bookmark   February 19, 2011 at 3:17PM
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Full disclosure: I am affiliated with USG and wanted to provide some additional information to this discussion.

USG is currently launching its new SHEETROCK Brand UltraLight Panels in a phased nationwide rollout which started in August 2010. You can find more information about the product as well as a product availability map at to see if it is currently in your area, and if not, when its coming to you.

Here is a link that might be useful: SHEETROCK Brand UltraLight Panels

    Bookmark   February 22, 2011 at 4:04PM
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