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Old 10-22-2010, 09:06 AM   #1
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Effect of unheated house on finished drywall


Hey Guys! Hope everyone is having an awesome Friday!

So, would like some opinions here; I have a homeowner who wants to kill the water, winterize the house and not heat it over the winter here in Chicago. Gas is outrageously expensive in the Chi. The drywall is long finished and cured, and has two coats of paint, again long since cured/dried. The work was done over the summer. The property has all its windows and doors, so no direct drafts or cold air coming in besides what leaks in through small cracks.

How bad do you think it would be? I have my doubts based on expansion/contraction of studs, etc, but I'm a mere GC so wanted to see if I could get some pros to weigh in on opinions. Am I worrying for nothing, or are my concerns valid about this potentially ruining the drywall in the house? I'm thinking any gas savings is going to be spent on springtime drywall repair. You guys live this stuff everyday - would appreciate any input you professionals might care to share with me.
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lets just say we dont put much care and attention into the finish of a un-heated garage,we know what will happen to it.But then again it is a crap shoot.Look at how abandoned houses slowly go into dis repair
dealing with Canadian winters so...........and the snow coming again
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Dont do it, get some type of warmth into it and get some air air movement, Im currently in a difficult situation, House built to fast, demanding homeowner that wanted it all done NOW, built over colder winter months, (nothing compared to canada) Worst house for critical lighting you could get, owners moving in when place wasnt finished, heated up the underfloor heating, Everyone got paid, house was mint, few months down the track, delayed shrinkage of some joins under bad lighting, earthquake cracks, sparkys holes, scratch marks from other trades and homeowners, now they are demanding it fixed, all the trades involved have a repair list, dont really know how this one is going end.

Your place will prob slowly absorb damp and cause mould, then when reheated shrink and move causing cracks and pops, peaks etc.

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Could write a 10 page response about unheated areas and potential problems,lets just say ;you can pay me now or you can pay me later; thats the short of it!!
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Hey Guys! Hope everyone is having an awesome Friday!

So, would like some opinions here; I have a homeowner who wants to kill the water, winterize the house and not heat it over the winter here in Chicago. Gas is outrageously expensive in the Chi. The drywall is long finished and cured, and has two coats of paint, again long since cured/dried. The work was done over the summer. The property has all its windows and doors, so no direct drafts or cold air coming in besides what leaks in through small cracks.

How bad do you think it would be? I have my doubts based on expansion/contraction of studs, etc, but I'm a mere GC so wanted to see if I could get some pros to weigh in on opinions. Am I worrying for nothing, or are my concerns valid about this potentially ruining the drywall in the house? I'm thinking any gas savings is going to be spent on springtime drywall repair. You guys live this stuff everyday - would appreciate any input you professionals might care to share with me.
Have a great weekend!
Lets just say this if you are a general contractor as you say why are you asking such a mundane question you should know the answer. Go over to contractor talk they are a forum for contractors....
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Don,t worry about it the worst that could happen is all the money saved on gas will be spent on drywall repairs X ??? .just coll back your drywaller next spring an say he did a bad job.Can,t see it from my house.
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I really cannot foresee any problems whatsoever. It should be a gradual heat change, not an overnight switch.
People tape the undersides of gas stations canopies around here and they only crack from water damage. As long as everything is dry I really cannot see what could happen to it. The wood will remain the same basic temperature as it would with heat in it.
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I really cannot foresee any problems whatsoever. It should be a gradual heat change, not an overnight switch.
People tape the undersides of gas stations canopies around here and they only crack from water damage. As long as everything is dry I really cannot see what could happen to it. The wood will remain the same basic temperature as it would with heat in it.
your being sarcastic right ???????
you say you guys tape undersides of canopies at gas stations,yet their all cracked......????????? hello....it's the water ????
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your being sarcastic right ???????
you say you guys tape undersides of canopies at gas stations,yet their all cracked......????????? hello....it's the water ????
I'm completely serious. They ONLY crack occasionally from water damage. We have taped exterior soffits on a school we did and never once had a callback.
This is Montana and we have -45 degrees for about a week or two every winter. It's been almost two years since we did the school and it's all still holding strong.
I've seen lot's of exterior tape hold just fine after exposure to the elements, so that's why I don't see why it would matter on an interior.
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Hey Guys! Hope everyone is having an awesome Friday!

So, would like some opinions here; I have a homeowner who wants to kill the water, winterize the house and not heat it over the winter here in Chicago. Gas is outrageously expensive in the Chi. The drywall is long finished and cured, and has two coats of paint, again long since cured/dried. The work was done over the summer. The property has all its windows and doors, so no direct drafts or cold air coming in besides what leaks in through small cracks.

How bad do you think it would be? I have my doubts based on expansion/contraction of studs, etc, but I'm a mere GC so wanted to see if I could get some pros to weigh in on opinions. Am I worrying for nothing, or are my concerns valid about this potentially ruining the drywall in the house? I'm thinking any gas savings is going to be spent on springtime drywall repair. You guys live this stuff everyday - would appreciate any input you professionals might care to share with me.
Have a great weekend!
Im not sure how the floors would act to the freezing cold,the drywall would prob be ok but im sure alot of other things would not.Just a little heat goes a long way.
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