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    Default 3/8 drywall and 1/4 paneling

    My house was built in the 60's. The interior walls are unfinished 3/8 drywall with 1/4 paneling over top. I want to remove the paneling. What is the bset way to finsih the walls.
    Can I tape and mud the 3/8 or do I need to strip this out and replace with 5/8 material. Thanks
    Last edited by dreisd; 05-08-2012 at 04:34 AM.

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    Default Re: 3/8 drywall and 1/4 paneling

    3/8" won't meet the fire code round these parts. You'd need 1/2". Check with your local inspector or building dept. be 100% sure it isn't 1/2" before going any further. 3/8" is pretty rare stuff.

    When removing the drywall, this is a perfect time to change / upgrade any wiring, plumbing, and insulation. Also check for termites and other wee critters.

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    Default Re: 3/8 drywall and 1/4 paneling

    Is it possible to install 3/8" drywall over existing old plaster?

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    Default Re: 3/8 drywall and 1/4 paneling

    Quote Originally Posted by richibieltz View Post
    Is it possible to install 3/8" drywall over existing old plaster?
    Yes. Keep in mind that the new drywall will follow what's behind it.
    Also, you'll need to use longer screws driven into the studs.

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    Default Re: 3/8 drywall and 1/4 paneling

    Or use a good adhesive such as PL Premium

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    Default Re: 3/8 drywall and 1/4 paneling

    Thank you for reply; I will use PL Premium adhesive around the drywall edges and 3" screws.

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    Default Re: 3/8 drywall and 1/4 paneling

    Quote Originally Posted by richibieltz View Post
    Thank you for reply; I will use PL Premium adhesive around the drywall edges and 3" screws.
    Your looking for trouble with 3" screws. There is a good chance with screws that long you can hit wires and possibly water or waste lines in the wall.

    John

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    Default Re: 3/8 drywall and 1/4 paneling

    Quote Originally Posted by johnjh2o View Post
    Your looking for trouble with 3" screws. There is a good chance with screws that long you can hit wires and possibly water or waste lines in the wall.

    John
    Absolutely, when I suggested you use "longer screws" I didn't mean 3"...Just yesterday I saw a situation where somebody installed shelves using long screw and one of them pierced through an ABS drain pipe.

    If you add 3/8" to the original plaster, all you need to do is add that much to the regular drywall screws (reg size is 1-1/4").

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    Default Re: 3/8 drywall and 1/4 paneling

    2" course threaded screws and just a few dabs of PL which then are spread thin with a trowel

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    Default Re: 3/8 drywall and 1/4 paneling

    You can go over it with 3/8 or 1/4"........
    Gizmo

    Cut it 3 times & it's still to short.
    Inventor of the Miter Master Plus.

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