Plywood or Drywall?

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Since the 1950s or 1960s, most homes built have the interior walls finished with drywall, more correctly known as gypsum board. “Sheetrock,” the common name for gypsum board, is actually a proprietary name for gypsum board manufactured by USG (United States Gypsum Corp.). This relatively inexpensive engineered material was developed as a replacement to plaster … Read more

Strengthening Plywood

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Plywood is used in a lot of situations where strength is required. Generally speaking, if the strength of the plywood is not required, then other engineered materials are used. However, there are times when plywood alone isn’t strong enough; or, although it might be strong enough, it isn’t stiff enough to meet the need. In … Read more

Plywood Scarf and Butt Joints

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Plywood is useful as both a building material as well as making a wide variety of projects. But what do you do when the project you are working on is larger than a sheet of plywood? In homebuilding, this is dealt with by nailing sheets next to each other, so that the edges of both … Read more