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Folded sheetrock & not aligned wood studs

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Posted by: from Markham
4/5/2017 at 11:31:02 PM

Hi,

I've got a contractor working on my basement and there are a couple of items that is concerning and wanted a 2nd opinion from any pro willing to share their thoughts.

1st: I have an 180 degree entry to my basement and getting 4 x 8 ft sheetrock was impossible. He has folded the pieces through the middle but keeping the paper intact. I've read on other forum that it's better to cut, tape & mud the joints. I think he said he would do that but I just wanted to know what I should be looking out for. Sq footage is 740.

2nd: I noticed there are a few wood studs not aligned/flushed with other pieces and these are on straight long flat wall. I vaguely recall him saying, that after dry walling we won't notice any issues in the future. Is this true? Studs are about 14" spaced apart. Just can't figure logic in this.

Would appreciate any advice and I'm not savvy with home improvement matters. Please forgive any lack of details or incorrect wording/terms used.

Thanks

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Date/Time4/6/2017 at 11:04:13 AM

Hello,

Cutting dry wall like that is fine, we do this tactic as well, just make if the paper is cut they need to tape and mud that section the paper is what holds it all together by cutting and leaving the paper untouch the drywall goes right back together no worries there. on your second question as long as the studs are all flush on the top and bottom plates there shouldn't be any problem wood as we know is not always perfectly straight and the sometimes have bowes in them if that is what protruding then you wall will have a bow in it, you will not really notice it unless you are putting a cabinet on that side or you look at it from the side, straight on won't notice it.

Hope that helps!

Andrew

Skyrock Construction

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Jimmy in Markham
Date/Time4/6/2017 at 12:26:47 PM

Thanks Andrew so much!!! I was worried but you help ease that.

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Date/Time4/6/2017 at 2:21:42 PM

Hi there, yes it's fine the system he applies on the drywall to get them in.

We also use that system in those circumstances.

As long as there are no fold marks from paper you will be fine.

Sometimes you might get a paper ridge on a sheet here and there but it's an easy fix for any taper.

As for the studs typically they are 16" apart and as long as the studs are as straight as possible from the supplier the better.

Hence the studs are flush with bottom and top plates.

It's typical a bow or two on them but once drywall is installed you should be more than fine.

Good luck...

Cheers

Mitchell

Reflexions Construction Team

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Date/Time4/6/2017 at 9:00:17 PM

No folding drywall sheets is NOT ok. This is an old method which in recent years has been phased out here in Alberta. The fold point often bubbles, and can be detected after painting.

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Jimmy in Markham
Date/Time4/7/2017 at 10:25:04 PM

Thanks all for the feedback. As Chet pointed out, I read people did mention the bubbling issue as a common problem when folding drywall.

My contractor offers 1 year warranty, so hopefully if any defects appears, he'll tape & sand/mud to address the issue under the paper joint areas. Walls will hopefully be good for several years after.

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