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Selecting best sheet rock sheets for basement ceiling

What type and size drywall sheets for the ceiling of a basement room that is 148 x 176 inches. I want to minimize the number of butt joints. I am replacing water damaged ceiling tiles. 
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Posted 2018-12-03T21:03:11+0000  by dash dash
Hello dash and welcome to the Community.

You should use  1/2" Ultralight gypsum board, also known as drywall.  148" divided by 12" = 12.3'  and 176" divided by 12 = 14.6' so your room is 12.3'x14.6'.

In your area you have the option of 4'x8' or 4'x12', 1/2" drywall. The best way to nest this will depend on which dimension are the ceiling rafters running.

One option would require 4 pcs. 8' long and 2 pcs. 12'.  This produce the least amount of waste.
I suggest you make a drawing of your ceiling showing the direction of the floor joist in your basement ceiling to the contractors desk at your local home depot and the will help determine exactly what you will need.

Thank you for your inquiry.


Posted 2018-12-04T15:31:45+0000  by Char_HD_CHI
I'm not a big fan of drywall ceiling in basements.  Obviously they look better than the commercial appearance of ceiling tiles but something like a water leak is a much easier fix.  Not to mention access to mechanicals or adding low or line voltage circuits, or a new outdoor spigot.
Posted 2018-12-04T21:46:23+0000  by Adam444
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