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    Default flooring or walls first?

    Bought a house that is roughed out inside. Do I lay floors first or sheetrock first? Does it matter other than messing up the floors with sheetrock dust?

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    Default Re: flooring or walls first?

    Finished floors will always be the last thing you do. Get all your electrical and plumbing dealt with, finish the walls, then install doors. I would be inclined to paint at this point, then install cabinets. Floors can be done before or after cabinets, your choice.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Default Re: flooring or walls first?

    Get your drywall finished and at least primed before you do your tile

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    That's right: drywall first. Don't sit the drywall on the floor, hang it about 1/2" higher than the floor.

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    When possible we like to get the paint on the walls then install the hard flooring, then install the trim / baseboards. You'll get a neater final product if you can keep the subs from damaging the floors.

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    Default Re: flooring or walls first?

    Pierce,
    I'm not familiar with your phrase "floor stripping?" Are you talking about hardwood flooring?

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    Default Re: flooring or walls first?

    Quote Originally Posted by dj1 View Post
    That's right: drywall first. Don't sit the drywall on the floor, hang it about 1/2" higher than the floor.
    Does drywall have to breathe?? Is that why it should be 1/2" higher then the floor

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    Default Re: flooring or walls first?

    Quote Originally Posted by daycarelady View Post
    Does drywall have to breathe?? Is that why it should be 1/2" higher then the floor
    The gap is to help prevent wicking from slabs or wet subfloor. It also gives carpet a place to key into which helps to lock it in place.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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