Framing over a brick wall I live in an old brick rowhouse that has a number of walls with exposed brick that are not in very good shape(ugly bricks and even worse looking mortar). They are structurally sound, but I want to cover them with sheetrock for a cleaner look. Can I attach the sheetrock directly to the brick wall, or do I need to frame over the brick first and then put up the sheetrock? Either way, what do I use to secure the wood or sheetrock to the brick? I'm assuming masonry screws will work, but would like a second opinion. Thanks for your help.

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I had a drywall guy

cover a brick wall, he used liquid nails to stick it to the brick. That was 10 years ago and it looks great.

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Tapcon screws or

I guess you could use a ramset. I have only used ramset on poured concrete myself but I think it would be the way to go with brick too. Tapcons would be safer as far as not blowing out any bricks go. Chisel away the mortar and then shim accordingly to have framing members plumb and square before you fasten them. Just putting them up and then trying to shim sheetrock is a huge PIA and will haunt you for eternity. Don't forget the insulation after framing, and a coat of thoroughseal or other masonry sealer against the bare bricks would be a good idea before doing the framing. If you have any wiring to run now or for future use you'd best do it before the sheetrock goes up.

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Use furring strips

I'd say that using 2x2 furring strips, 16" O.C., instead of full studs would be warranted in this case. You'll gain a couple of inches (BFD, but still worth it), and they'll be easier to attach to the brick (attaching through 1.5" of stud instead of 3.5"). Attach using your favorite masonry fastening method, and hang the sheetrock.

I would use tapcons, not a ramset, there is too much potential for blowing a brick out into your neighbor's living room.

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use highhat channel

ramset. brown shots, 1" nails. as long as masonry is plumb, you'll be fine like this.

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Plaster might be competetive
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