Measure Twice, Then Measure More Times

When trying to guesstimate on the number of pieces of drywall to buy, I measured the wall height to be 8.5′ at least 3 times. After horizontally hanging the first piece of 4×8 drywall, something didn’t seem to add up.

The first 4×8 piece was hung high on the wall, up against the ceiling. When going to hang the lower piece, it didn’t seem like there was enough room for another 4×8 piece, let alone the 5″ strip that we would also need. I measured the blank space, and it was only 3.5″ high.

I measured the hung piece of drywall and it was indeed 4′ high. I measured the entire wall height again, and sure enough it was 8 feet, 6 inches. Which makes no sense.

I took a closer look at the tape measure that I had been using, and each “foot” mark reads as 1F, 2F, 3F, etc. I measured the wall height again and paid closer attention, and what I thought was 8F was really 84, as in 84 inches (or 7 feet). The wall height was really 6 inches past 84 inches, or 7.5′. Not 8.5′ like I had measured more than once.

So we took down the piece of drywall, cut a new one at 89″ and hung it vertically. The good news is that we won’t have to mud a butt seam every 8 feet now!

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