Drywall Hanging: How to Hang Drywall on a Ceiling

Hanging Drywall on a Ceiling

Step 1

For a ceiling, all edges of the drywall should be supported by framing, so you must add blocking between the joists. A 2x3 or a 2x4 attached with its wider side facing down makes a good target for fasteners.

Step 2

Snap chalk lines or draw the location of the joists on the sheets before you hoist them into position. Use 5/8-inch drywall if the joists are more than 16 inches OC. Many drywall T-squares have holes in their blades to ease marking. If yours doesn't, drill some on 16-inch (or as needed) centers.

Step 3

Make a pair of deadman braces from 2x4s to help hold the sheets against the ceiling as you work. The length of the legs should be 1 inch more than the floor-to-ceiling height. This allows the braces to be wedged into position.

Fixing a Cracked Plaster Ceiling with Drywall

Adding a layer of 3/8-inch drywall is an excellent way to restore a cracked or discolored plaster ceiling. Poke nails through the old ceiling until you locate all the joists (work carefully, there may be pipes or wires), then snap lines along their length. Apply construction adhesive to the back of the sheet. Use about half a tube of adhesive per sheet, applying it in S-shape beads about 1 foot apart. Fasten with 2-1/2-inch drywall screws into the joists.

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