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Hanging Drywall Overhead

Thoughtful layout and the right tools help to bring this task within reach

The safe, non-strenuous route to a flat finished ceiling calls for the right lifting tools and innovative materials, as well as smart layout and installation strategies. Myron R. Ferguson, author of Drywall: Professional Techniques for Great Results (The Taunton Press, 2002), walks you through every detail necessary to achieve a sag-resistant ceiling. You'll discover how to lay out drywall panels, handle butt seams with backerboards, and choose the proper length of drywall screws and the correct depth to set fasteners. The article also covers innovations in sag-resistant gypsum products, as well as the use of a panel lift, stiff arm, T-support, and adjustable bench.

From Fine Homebuilding174 , pp. 58-62 November 1, 2005