How to Hang Drywall on the Ceiling

Installing ceiling is a very challenging task for the first-time DIYers. It is a real chore and painful to attach the ceiling without a helping hand. But, many a time you may have to work alone when you want to remodel and rearrange the bathroom or any other ceiling.

So, are you struggling hanging drywall ceiling? Don’t worry. By making some adjustments and following some tricks, you can hang drywall on the ceilings effectively.

So, follow the next steps and get the drywall hanged on ceilings.

Required Supplies &Tools

The supplies you need to install the drywall are:

  • Drywall
  • Drywall T-Square
  • Drywall Dimple Bit
  • Drywall Screws
  • Impact Driver
  • Magnet Driver Bit
  • Respirator
  • RotoSaw Plus Dust Vault
  • Utility Knife
  • Chalk Line
  • Pencil
  • Three Inch Wood or Deck Screws
  • Scrap 2×4

The Easiest Way To Hang Drywall On Ceilings

Though it seems difficult to hang drywall on the ceilings, you can easily install it. So, let’s start:

Preparing The Ceiling And Drywall

At first, inspect the ceiling, and its obstructions surrounded the surface that hinders the drywall to be installed. The obstacles should be fixed first. Then, check the electrical wires, protruding pipes, duct work, and other supplies around the ceiling so that they can't make any obstacles.

However, if you found any obstacle in the way of hanging the drywall, address and fixed it first, no unwanted issue in the way makes it easier to hang the drywall. Then install the furring strips to the frame so that you can create a flat and even surface which is necessary for hanging the drywall.

Mark The Location Of The Ceiling Joists

Next, to the previous step, you must find to know the exact location of the ceiling joists. It is crucial to avoid the collision between the drywall screws and the ceiling joists. However, you can find it easily by tapping on the wall with a hammer and listen to the solid sound which indicates the joists location. Use a pencil to mark the position of the joists.

Mark The Place Of The Supplies, Fixtures, Lights, And Vents

This step is easy for the novice. You must know where the placement of the light, fixtures and other vents in the room. Mark their position on the drywall where they will be after the installation. However, don’t cut the holes now as the position may change after the installation under the ceiling.

Make The Rough Edges Smooth

Smooth edges ensure tight joints between the drywall. SO, make the edges smooth of the cut edges from the drywall. A surform tool will be a great assistance in smoothing the edges. So, sand down until the edges are smooth.

Build A T-Brace While Working Alone

A T-brace is an excellent tool to provide leverage and support to raise drywall panels to the ceiling. It’s also efficient while working alone. So, build a T-brace by using a 2 feet piece of 1x4 to 2x4 which is enough to reach the ceiling from the floor.

However, if you have a drywall lift, you needn’t build a T-brace. Because the drywall lift helps you reach the ceiling smoothly with your drywall. It is rented cheaply from the nearest department store or other construction equipment rental store.

Attach The Drywall To The Ceiling

Now, the difficult step will be started. Apply some adhesive to the joists here the drywall will be attached. However, start from a corner and raise the first sheet of the drywall to the ceiling so that you can get a clear idea about the placements. Joint the sheet and begin placing the drywall within 15 minutes. After the time, the adhesive will be dried.

Caution: Before applying the adhesive to the sheets, ensure the placement of the sheets of the drywall.

Raise The First Sheet To The Ceiling

Once you joint the sheets, now raise them to the ceiling by using your T-brace. Raise the sheets one by one which is easy to raise. Now, slide the sheets to the corner. Also, ensure that the tapered edges are facing to the floor.

Complete The Process Of Raising All Sheets

Continue the process until all sheets are raised and attached to the ceiling. Always start from a corner and then fill up the gap. Also, make sure that the tapered edges of the sheets are facing to the floor as they are made for aping and mudding. Now, use the screws or the nails to attach the sheets to the joists. Use driver to fasten the screws in .375 inches away from the edges of each sheet and make a space of 7 inches between them.

Complete The Second Row To Stagger The Seams

After finishing the first row of the drywall by using the sheets, now move to the second row to ensure the seams no to line up between the rows. The staggered seams may enforce the stability of the drywall. So, measure the space of the seams to be covered and make a vertical midpoint of the drywall sheet. You can use a knife to cut the sheet through the drywall. Then, push the panel down to break it in half after tipping the panel off of the floor. Repeat the process to attach the half pieces on the first row.

Continue The Process To Cover The Entire Ceiling

You may successfully place the sheets in the first and the second rows. So, continue the process until the whole ceiling is covered with the drywall. Don’t forget to affix the sheets with screws and nails. However, before moving to the next sheet, make sure that the previous one is affixed strongly which is much need to ensure stability.

Cut Hole In The Drywall

Hope you successfully covered the ceiling with the drywall. Now, cut the hole for the lights, fixtures, supplies and the vents as the measurement you have taken at first. Use a spiral cutout saw to make the hole accurate to the measurement. Recheck the measurement before cutting the hole. Once you mistakenly cut a hole, it’ll reduce the stability as well as hampers the beauty of the ceiling. Set the instruments, i.e., bulbs, vents and fixtures to the definite place. Enjoy a gorgeous look of the ceiling.

However, if you face any problem while hanging the drywall on the ceiling, leave a comment below. Our experts are ready to help you in the process.

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