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    Default drywalling after removing plaster and lath down to studs

    Hi- any tips would be greatly appreciated!!

    Basic rundown-
    the house was built in 1910. whole house reno. some plaster walls and ceilings were beyond repair (others will be repaired), so those walls ceilings were tore down to the studs. Now it is time to drywall, but the studs are not level across the wall plane..therefore we think if we put up drywall it will look 'wavy'. any tips on how to level the studs across the wall plane? or should we just drywall and patch any low spots?

    Thanks!!!!!!

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    Default Re: drywalling after removing plaster and lath down to studs

    Studs are brought into plane by applying shim stock to their surfaces.
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    Default Re: drywalling after removing plaster and lath down to studs

    The "shim stock" of which Spruce refers are thin cardboard strips which are fastened to the studs. These can be bought where you get your drywall.
    A seriously warped stud could certainly be replaced. Unfortunately, older homes would will have true 2x4's and wlll require being ripped from a 2x6 to get down to a true 4 inch dimension.

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    Default Re: drywalling after removing plaster and lath down to studs

    the other thing is to get yourself a long straighedge and run it along the studs check for spots where the straight edge isnt touching the studs and measure this space, do so the along the entire height of the wall along the full length, make a cut list for it and make furring strips on the table saw which will make the wall straight, , ive found the fastest way is to take 2x6 and simply sister them onto the sides of the old studs. it makes for better insulated wall on exterior walls and straightens the inside for drywall
    fire up the saw and make some dust

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    Default Re: drywalling after removing plaster and lath down to studs

    I have found it far easier to run 4" furring strips across the studs and shim them to a pulled tight string to get a flat surface to install the drywall to. It may require adding jam extensions to window a door jambs.

    Jack
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