Walls & Ceilings

How to Properly Install Drywall to Your Ceiling

For those of you who are completing your very own home remodeling project and are required to hang and install drywall, you already know that drywall can be a complete pain to deal with. That is why down below we are going to share with you a few tips and strategies that will successfully help you hang and install drywall. Drywall panels create smooth walls and ceilings when installed correctly. The key to professional results is to butt the panels tightly against one another. Because drywall sheets are large and unwieldy, it can be tough to get the joints tight enough. You’ll get the best results by following the installation sequence used by the pros. Always install ceiling drywall before hanging the wall panels.

The general rule for hanging ceiling drywall is to install the largest panels you can handle. Standard panels come in 4-foot widths and 8-, 10- and 12-foot lengths. The long sides of the panels feature mild bevels, but the ends of the panels are blunt. Installation starts in one corner of the ceiling with the length of the drywall panels running perpendicular to the direction of the ceiling joists. If the room is wider than the length of the panels, measure and cut additional panels so the panels meet on the center of a joist. Called “breaking on center,” this is essential for securing the panels.

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To save your neck, arms and back, use a drywall lift when installing panels on the ceiling. Lifts are available for rent from construction rental stores and from some lumberyards. The lift raises one panel at a time and holds it securely while you attach the panel with drywall screws.

A standard 8-foot-high wall accommodates two sheets of drywall, installed horizontally. Install the top row of panels first, pushing each panel up as tight as it will go against the ceiling drywall. Lifting and holding the panels takes at least two workers. The lower horizontal row of panels is the last to install. Push it up tightly against the top row. You can purchase inexpensive foot jacks that slip under the bottom of a panel, and by stepping on the jack; you can push the top of the panel snugly against the upper panel. There will be a small gap at the bottom of the wall, which will be hidden by baseboard.

Check with your local drywall business to see if you must follow a specific screwing pattern. If not, insert ceiling drywall screws at the rate of one every 6 inches on the seams and one every 8 inches in the plane. Every screw must hit a ceiling joist. If you miss, remove the screw and insert another one. For walls, apply a peanut-sized glob of drywall adhesive every 12 inches on the wall studs that lie beneath the plane of the panel. Don’t use adhesive on the studs where the panels form a joint because the adhesive can ooze out, making taping difficult.

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