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Drywall Installation Pricing & Alternative to Drywalling over Stucco
We are adding a sun room on an existing patio. Two of the walls are the existing "stucco" exterior of the house and two will be newly installed exterior walls of the sunroom. My question is, how much should it cost to have drywall installed over the existing stucco wall? The walls are 18 feet and 17 feet long. On the 17 foot wall, there is a standard 6 foot doorway. Any idea how much something like this would cost?
lines, cable lines...etc...Most codes require outlets be placed such that no point on the wall is more than 6 feet from an outlet or basically 12 feet between outlets. And every wall wider than 2 feet should have one.
It's much easier to install new outlets on the new studs than through the stucco...Just some thoughts...
Depending on the your situation keep in mind that it is not necessary to install drywall over stucco. The option is that you can apply a two coat plaster directly over the stucco. The end effect is same as a lath and plaster wall. The performance is superior to covering stucco with drywall because it will not leave a void where uncontrolable-controllable bug and mold can grow. Costs are considerably less. Not to mention no hanging or taping involved. However not all newer drywall contractors are knowledgeable about plastering techinques.The steps are as follows:
(1)Prep wall "depending on the condition", Wash or sandblast and patch as needed.
(2)Quickly scrape down using just about anything from an old drywall knife to a floorscraper. You are only knocking off the loose materials.
(3)Apply the first coat of plaster using a trowel. The compound can be gypsolite(best), plaster(good) or tapping compound(fair). This will leave the wall flat with imperfections due to small sand-grit impeding a completed plaster coating.
(4)Apply the final coat. Now that the base is built up you can apply the final coat without sand-grit interfering. On this coat you can simply use a drywall topping compound repair sheetrock.
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How to Install New Wall
I would like to install the wall between dining room and living room. The width would be 11 feet and height is 8.5 feet. I'll appreciate the instructions on how to do this.
Just a wall, no doorway? Will you cover it with sheetrock?
For an ordinary wall, use 2x4's. To make it simple, I will assume you can get two 12 foot 2x4's for the sill plate and the top plate. That would be the boards that run along the floor and the ceiling.
Oh, let me ask, what is on the floor?? (Don't say tile) Some floors you could build the wall right on top of, like a hardwood floor, or even vinyl. But for carpet or tile, you should remove it where the wall will go.
Ask me more about this if you have tile or carpet flooring.
Have you ever built a wall?
But you should build a wall with a single top plate nailed to the joist(s) above and a sill plate nailed to the floor below, with studs every 16 inches.
Make sure one is nailed to the wall and two are at the end of the wall.
Hiding Seams in Manufactured Home
I have a manufactured home and would like to do something to the walls. They are made of a sheetrock material that is covered with a wallpaper. I have been told I could paint or texture them, my question is what do I do where the seams of the sheets meet so you can't see it. I would like to build a "half" wall between the living room and dinning room. It would be 38" high
You should be able to apply joint compound to the seams, just as you would ordinary sheetrocked walls.
I know that sometimes things don't stick to those walls, so try it in an out of the way place first.
Smooth some spackle compound in, and sand it flat. After it is painted or papered, it should look just like any sheetrocked wall.
Building a Half Wall
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I would like to build a "half" wall between the living room and dinning room. It would be 38" high