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how to measure jobs off plans for plasterboard?

i whant to know what the process is to measure up a job of a basic house for plasterboard off the plan. and how to order the right sized sheets for the job.thanx!


Plasterboard/ sheetrock comes in 4x8 & 4x12 ft sheets 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick.. 4x12s are usually railroaded ( applied horizontally) but are heavy & harder to handle in small residential spaces. Also take into account doubling up if the plans call for fire rated walls or clgs in furnace enclosures or attached garage space. Measure each individual wall surface to the scale of the drawing or pick off written dimensions & divide by 4 if applying vertically in an area w/ an 8 ft clg. Eg a 12 x 16.room will need 14 sheets for walls & 6 sheets for clg. 1/2 thick or better for walls & 3/4 for clgs Wall length total ..12+12+16+16= 56 ft divided by 4= 14 Ceiling area .12x 16= 192 sq ft ( area of ech 4x8 =32sq ft) 192 divided by 32 = 6 In residential construction door & window openings are not figured in unless they are very wide & tall. Measuring too closely can cause you to run short esp if a wall dimensions run out greater than even multiples of 4 & you can consider anything over to be a full sheet & use the cutoff in another space. Your supplier can give est on taping compound , joint tape & fasteners based on your order. Wall & clg sq footage is also used to est paint . wallcovering & floor covering requirements Best regards
May 11, 2017

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