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3/8 Drywall on Ceiling

Joe Dworak, who's doing some work, I assume, on his house in Rosemont, CA, has an interesting question about 3/8-inch drywall:

"Can 3/8 drywall be used on a ceiling mounted to furring strips 24 inches on center?"

Here's my answer - note it's two parts:

Joe, yes you can use 3/8-inch drywall on ceilings like this.

But would I do it? NO WAY! There's too great a chance of sag.

The real answer lies in the Gypsum Construction Handbook published by USG.

It's the BIBLE of everything drywall and plaster. In this great book you'll find the minimum recommendations for installing 3/8-inch drywall, including fasteners, spacing, etc.

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2 Responses to 3/8 Drywall on Ceiling

  1. Hi Tim - Happy Holiday Shopping Season to you and your family. Just a quick question . When I click on the link in your newsletter "The real answer lies in the Gypsum Construction Handbook published by USG." Does this link take me to Amazon through your portal so you get credit for the connection if I order the book (and do other shopping while I am on the Amazon web site)?

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