How To Hang Drywall on Ceiling

Hanging drywall on a ceiling in the correct manner will allow you to tape the drywall and achieve a smooth finish with great ease. However, if not done right, even a seasoned taper might not be able to create a surface with a smooth and uncracked finish. This is why, while the task might not seem all that complicated, it requires much more technical knowledge to get it done right. There is no need to fret, though, as we have some great news for you. Within this step-by-step guide on how to hang drywall on the ceiling, we will not only discuss the basics but also provide you with a variety of tools and techniques that are used by pros in the field.

How To Hang Drywall on Ceiling: Tools

  • Safety glasses
  • Screwdriver (4 in 1)
  • Hammer
  • Screw gun
  • Taping knife
  • Chalk line
  • Measuring tape
  • Drywall saw
  • Cordless drill
  • Level
  • T-square
  • Pry bar
  • Step ladder
  • Utility knife

How To Hang Drywall on Ceiling: Materials

  • Drywall screws (1 to 1/4 inch)
  • Drywall screws (1 to 5/8 inches)
  • Drywall sheets
  • Drywall nails

Step 1

First, you will need to fasten the wood backing within 4 inches of where the drywall ends. This only needs to be done where the drywall has no support. 

Step 2

Now, grab your measuring tape and measure the length of the drywall sheet that you will need. Start from one corner of the ceiling, all the way till the middle of a joist. An excellent way to ensure that your drywall sheet cutout fits easily is to cut it 1/4th of an inch shorter than what you measured.

Step 3

Next, you need to score the face of the drywall sheet using a utility knife. First, measure the length and use your drywall square to ensure that you get the edge as straight as possible.

Step 4

Once you have scored the sheet, simply snap it and fold it along where you scored it. Then, turn the sheet over to reveal the paper on the backside and cut through it.

Step 7

Now, you’ll have to measure your upper sheet. So, get your measuring tape back out and measure the length between the framing member’s center and one wall corner. You should also measure the length of your cutouts while taking into all of the doors and window openings into account. 

Step 8

Grab a single sheet and cut out pieces for your door notches and windows using the lengths you just measured and your drywall saw. If you are unable to get your hands on drywall saw, you can also use a keyhole saw. However, it cuts much slower than drywall saw.

Step 9 

Grab your utility knife and score the notch on its third side. Then, follow the same pattern of snapping it and cutting through the paper at its backside.

Step 10 

Grab and lift the top drywall sheet, the nails and tack it into place against the ceiling. Make sure that you push the sheet tightly against the ceiling to secure it well.

Step 11

Now measure and prepare your electrical box cutouts on all four sides.

Step 12

Transfer these measurements to your drywall sheets. Then, cut the openings of the outlet box using the drywall saw.

Step 13

At this stage, you much now lever the bottom sheet into its place. You can do this by hoisting it up with the bar and tacking it into place. At this point, if you notice one of the openings needing minor adjustments, you can make them by grabbing your utility knife and shaving the edges off to get a better fit. 

Step 14 

Now finish fastening the sheets into place using the drywall screws. To make the process much easier and faster, you should use a screw gun. A good idea is to use five fasteners for each framing member. So, place one at each of the tapered edges. Then space the rest of the three fasteners out evenly with a distance of 12 inches between each one. If you notice that you have a shorter amount of wood left to attach the screws at the ends, you can slightly angle the screws to help fasten the sheets into place. Ensure that you don’t run the fasteners too close to the ends, as this could lead to the core of your drywall sheets breaking. You should also set the drywall screws and nails a bit below the paper’s surface to not break through the core of the gypsum. To hide the fasteners, allow the trims to cover them. The best way to do this is by positioning the fasteners close to the doors and windows openings.

Step 15 

Now that you have installed the drywall on the ceiling, you should check whether any of the screws are protruding from their place. You can do this by dragging a putty knife over each screw that you fastened. A good way to identify protruding screws is to keep an ear out for a clicking sound while dragging the knife. If you do find a protruding screw, grab a cordless drill and drill it. Make sure that you do not hammer it in, as this can damage all of your hard work.

When it comes down to it, hanging drywall on a ceiling is a task that is quite straightforward if you have all of the right tools. The best part about it is that the materials you need to get it done are extremely affordable, and you’ll be able to find most of the tools in your home. Another great reason to execute this task yourself is that even if you end up making a mistake, it won’t take long for you to fix it. Not to mention that since the materials are extremely affordable, you won’t have to worry about the cost of the damaged materials either. At the end of it all, there is no doubt that you will be making an incredibly financially viable decision that will save your money. Just remember that hanging drywall on your ceiling isn’t a task that requires heaps of finesse. Although, it is a bit labor-intensive. So, while it is a great decision financially, you should only take this task if you are physically in good condition and always remember to keep your safety glasses on at all times.

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