Once, a ceiling in the living room was ruined at one corner by a commode tank freezing upstairs. It took me many years to be able to afford to repair it. When I decided to paint the living room, it was time to fix the ceiling.
I really could not afford it all. But, I started out, doing it as I could afford it. With a few tips from guys who had done home repairs, the job went faster since I could now follow through on plans.
The job required enough supplies: all new sheet rock for the ceiling, paint for walls, paint for ceiling, sheet rock mud, nails, tape. That's a lot of money for me.
You, too, can save on Sheetrock/drywall like I did!
This guy told me to get the Sheetrock meant for mobile homes. He explained away my objections:
I did not want 1/4 inch Sheetrock since leaning on it can cause a hole. A bump with a chair will cause a major problem.
The ceiling sheet rock will be 10 feet from the floor. No one will lean on it.
My other objection: the Sheetrock has a wallpaper pattern on it.
He told me to turn it the other way and paint the back of the Sheetrock.
I checked with professionals and DIYers. Everyone said there was no problem using it on the ceiling or turning it and painting the back.
The Sheetrock cost me $2 for each piece. As I was buying it, the guy gave me sheets that had flaws. My remodeler used those instead of cutting a whole good piece when he needed only a strip. So, I left with about 30 pieces of sheet rock and gave what I did not use to a friend who had helped me on a project before this. My ceiling was only about 19x18 feet. He was finishing an attic over his garage and was happy with what I had to offer. he even knew how to make it work when it was damaged.
The balance of a birthday gift bought expensive paint and the rest of the supplies. Oh, I may have spent $10 more, but it was a super cheap and wise move to buy the mobile home Sheetrock. I don't count the whole cost of the Sheetrock mud, because I used it for other rooms along with the nails.
I probably would not have used the mobile home Sheetrock on walls. However, using it on the ceiling was not a problem for me. Maybe the room would have been better insulated with thicker Sheetrock. Since the room was cold all the time, anyway, and rarely heated, it hardly made a difference.
The room was spectacular when finished!
Have you ever used 1/4 inch mobile home Sheetrock for your home that is not a mobile home? Would you use it for a ceiling?