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How to Install Drywall Ceiling

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by Gail Browser
(Boston, Mass, USA)

How to Install drywall ceiling is much like putting up a new wall but the work is a little different and really does need the help of an extra hand.

Drywall needs to be installed on beams and cannot be installed on an existing wall. The drywall is the actual wall you have at home and it makes the walls and ceiling of any home. When installing ceiling, it can be very strenuous, as holding up the ceiling is a big issue.

For this reason, there are automated lifts that hold up the ceiling for you while you screw them down. If you have a helping hand, you may be able to get by without having to rent a lift, but regardless, let’s get to it!.

To begin working, make sure you have the following tools by your side; drywall, drywall screws, drywall lift, power drill, safety glasses and gloves.

Before you start, make sure that you have enough drywall for the job. Make measurements around the floor of the room and simply duplicate the measurements for the ceiling. You should only do this if your ceiling is the same proportion as the floor. When you have enough drywall in your possession, you can begin the job.

Start with one corner of the room and work your way in a straight line until you reach the other corner. A drywall lift is a must have, especially if you don’t have someone to help you out.

You can rent a lift from the local hardware store for quite an affordable price. The jack will keep the drywall attached the top of the ceiling, while you simply drill them down. When you start, put up the first drywall and using a pencil, mark where the rafters are running through.

This will help you when you are drilling down the drywall onto the rafter. If your drywall is going to be placed around a light fixture or ceiling fan, it can get quite complicated.

If you have an obstacle in the way, it will surely require you to cut out the space in the drywall. You can either cut the drywall in half or simply work with a full sheet and have the hole cut out in the middle. When you are lifting the drywall up into position, make sure that the finished side is facing the floor.

Your nails should be at least half an inch from the edge of the drywall. Screwing down nails right at the edge of the drywall may cause it to crack. So, simply drill the drywall into position and remove the jack and it should be perfectly fit.

With each screw you insert into the drywall, it should be a little into the drywall itself. This would remove any bumps when you are painting the drywall. When you are using drywall screws, they should be positioned about 6 to 7 inches apart.

Don’t worry about using too many screws, as it’s important that the drywall is fit tightly. Lastly, you can primer the surface and paint on it……and that is how to install drywall ceiling

Updated: July 11, 2013 — 11:03 am

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