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Old 03/29/09, 12:30 PM
 
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Can anything other than Sheetrock be used for walls??

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We dont mind hanging the sheet rock but the mudding and taping and the sanding.

Would be curious to what else could go on the studs without sheetrock and wouldnt look to dated.

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They had an article on the news this week about contaminated sheetrock out of China...filled with sulpher...was causing damages to copper pipes in such things as air conditioning, refrigs, water pipes, besides health issues....sure is a scary thought !!! They talked about one family whose dream home has become a disaster.......when will we ever learn !!!

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Old 03/29/09, 12:54 PM
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Wood paneling would be a choice, but some folks don't care for it. You could also try plaster but that's alot of work.

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Old 03/29/09, 12:56 PM
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I'm going to be redoing my walls this summer i hope so I want to know the same thing. My house was built around 1880 so most of it is still wainscoting but I bet that would be expensive to do today.
Some of the walls were redone in 1/4 inch hard cardboard type stuff, these are the ones i will be removing to re-insulate and i so don't want sheetrock.

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Hey Granny,

I saw that report. DH and I went through Katrina down here on the gulfcoast and are still rebuilding. The neat thing is I saw the report here on the board. This is such a good homesteading site. I am glad my sister turned me onto it. I turned to my husband and said in a way maybe the Lord delayed us from getting our sheetrock right after the storm. There are going to be a lot of people who lost everything in Katrina that are yet going to face another crisis. I have been praying for some folks that we know that got thier sheetrock up right away. Here I am feeling sad that we have not been able to get back in the house and all the while it could be for protection.

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What about wood plank walls like these?:
http://paintmyworld.com/images/child...lank_walls.jpg
http://www.oldhouseweb.com/image-ser...3708/large.jpg

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part of the reason for plaster or sheet rock is fire retardant. It slows down fires. It also seals the wall.

We've got some 1850's horse hair plaster, we've got some 1940's 16" sheet rock w/ 1" plaster over it, and we've got modern sheet rock. All works, just have to "work with it" ...

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Old 03/29/09, 01:35 PM
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I like them plank walls!

As a last resort if i had to sheetrock i had thought of using plank or thin moulding on vertical joints of sheetrock to limit the amount of tape and plastering i'd have to do.

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Old 03/29/09, 01:37 PM
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Wood planking, tile and anything you can use for flooring. I've seen carpet and rolled flooring.

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I had lots of popular lumber cut to go on our walls .If you got some tools wood is cheep right now .

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We don't have any sheetrock in our entire home. The walls and ceilings are all made of wood. We kinda like the "dated look." What's wrong with "dated?"

This photo shows our walls (and ceilings) made with 6" knotty pine paneling.


This photo shows our guest room with walls of varnished shiplap boards.


This photo shows our entry way with walls of painted shiplap boards.

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Old 03/29/09, 02:34 PM
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Beautiful place Cabin Fever!

Ripping up some old carpets and linoleum, i found an 8'x10' foot sheet of linoleum decorated with chinese style pigoda's(sp?) the colors are black, browns and blue rivers and it's complete on all sides with decorated border, I wish i had a wall big enough to hang it!

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Old 03/29/09, 02:45 PM
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I'm going to be redoing my walls this summer i hope so I want to know the same thing. My house was built around 1880 so most of it is still wainscoting but I bet that would be expensive to do today.
Some of the walls were redone in 1/4 inch hard cardboard type stuff, these are the ones i will be removing to re-insulate and i so don't want sheetrock.
Some of the fiber/carboardy type stuff can have asbestos in it so don't break it up or breath in the fibers.
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Some of the fiber/carboardy type stuff can have asbestos in it so don't break it up or breath in the fibers.
Yikes! thanks for the warning, i'll be wearing a mask for sure!
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Old 03/29/09, 03:26 PM
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Sheet rock is not really too bad if you know how to install it, tape it and mud it the right way. If you have to sand more than a second, you are applying too much mud. I had a lesson from one of the best sheet rock guys in Alaska a few years ago and now can get professional results with little sanding or hard work. It is all in the tools, the consistency of the mud and the quality of the initial rock installation. I plan to use a bit in my cabin just to add some texture and color.

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CabinFever,

My Dh and I would love this look. Yall's place is gorgeous. This is not what I meant by dated. I mean where it looks like a cave and there is no light to the wood. Do you mind me asking how long this took you all to put it up? Dh and I are thinking of living out of a steel building where part of it would be a shop and the other part a living area. This looks so cozy what yall have.

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We didn't put this "up"...our carpenter did. I have installed similar pine paneling in other homes tho. Installing tongue and groove pine paneling is much faster compared to sheetrocking. Using an air compressor and brad gun, the boards go up very quickly....and that's all there is to it. There is no taping and mudding and sanding like there is with sheet rock. Once the boards are up, just paint or seal.

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I use "tongue and groove 8" carsiding for the interior wall behind the stove, exterior walls are milled "D" 8" logs.
Both side are carsiding, back side is bathroom, and needed a studded wall for mechanicals.

I've seen alot of walls the use it grooved side out, at angles //// etc.






One side is smooth w/ milled edges, the other has a groove 1/2 way, to match the milling.
By turning it smooth side out, "almost" matched the logs, just a little off, but only noticeable in one corner.

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Love the paneling, the wife gets so angry when she watches those decorating/renovating shows where they tear out nice real wood paneling.

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Thanks.

We dont mind hanging the sheet rock but the mudding and taping and the sanding.

Would be curious to what else could go on the studs without sheetrock and wouldnt look to dated.
We have no sheetrock.

Wood paneling and wood trim.

It looks nice too
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Go see your nearest sawmill operator.Sometimes they get large cedar posts that they cut for walls.They run in to a variety of deals that may work out for you.

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WOW!!! Nice pics of your homes =)

I hate drywall to...I put in a tongue and groove pine ceiling in the living room. It looks really warm to me =)

Well..hubby and I did it together.

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You can purchase bead board at the big box home improvement stores. You can get the real stuff, 4' X 8' panels, or sheets of the fake, plasticy versions of the bead board.

They also have newer versions of a low dust sheetrock mud.

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cheap solid walls you can drive a nail and hang something

We used half inch OSB for ceilings and walls in our studio. makes a textured wall and trimed it with one by four with routed edges to keep it from looking so plain. No taping no mudding and about one half the cost of sheetrock and much less than boards. Much better if you want to hand something on it pictures and such just a nail, heavy stuff better find a stud. David

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while working on my rent house recently I faced the same decision. If I went with sheet rock I had to put all new window and door casings so I would have the proper reveal to attach trim to. I went with a paintable 1/4 inch sanded plywood ($10 sheet). I have not finnished but my Dad used it to redo his garage and it turned out great. I do hate to float and sand sheet rock even though it looks good.

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OSB board here also painted with oil base paint. It has a straw texture and everyone likes how it loos. If you put it 4x8 side ways and put chair rail molding it works really nice. Sam
PS Reason we did most of ours side ways was because nothing in this old house is square or level.

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bead board is an option. easy to work with,but a bit on the pricey side.

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From what I've seen the cheapest and most practical solution is sheetrock... that's why it's the most common. The taping and mudding is a pain but you'll be great at it after a room or two. A lot of sanding is not required if you finish the mud well with the trowel. It's about the only wall covering that you can cut a chunk out of and then patch & paint and the repair is invisible. Everything else will show the repair or require replacing a large section of material.

In some areas code may require a firebreak in certian parts of the home, sheetrock is the best way to do that. If you wanted boards you'd have to put up sheetrock first and then boards.

I do agree for asthetics I love paneling or wide boards, and if I were building a home in that character (which I'd love to) I'd stay away from sheetrock but for most normal homes it's a safe bet and its the "normal" choice which means it will have the best resale value.

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We are going to use sawmill lumber planks....more money but will have none of the problems you will have with sheetrock.

Sheetrock's main benefit is price and how fast builders can slap it up...

I HATE sheetrock.

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Might check your local building codes. Many places now require sheetrock for fire stops. Locally we have to use 5/8" rock between any attached garage/workshop and living space. Also 5/8" is required on ceilings if a story is above it. All other cielings are 1/2" and walls are 3/8" of living area.

Nothing stops you from covering it up with paneling.

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