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Old 11-29-2012, 08:50 PM   #1
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How would you install drywall to ceiling???

1) Would you use 2 layers (1/2") of sheetrock or 1 (5/8")?
2) Would you add resilient channels (i.e. RC-1) to the joists before installing the drywall? Or would you install 1x3 or 1x4 fir strips perpendicular to the joists?
3) Would you use 1-5/8" or 2" screws or nails? And how close throughout the drywall board?
4) Would you install rockwool/mineral wool insulation to help with sound/noise transmission/reduction?

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Old 11-29-2012, 09:09 PM   #2
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i always put up 1/2" ultra light that is rated for ceilings. other guys on here will say 5/8" but i find its a bit overkill and 5/8" drywall just plain sucks to work with. for ceilings i screw the board up with 1 5/8" coarse thread screads. i dont typically put up resilient channel. i screw the perimeter then put 3 in the field(5 in total per joist)
if you want better sound proofing insulate with roxul safe&sound, put up resilient channel and install the 5/8".


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Old 11-29-2012, 09:28 PM   #3
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Use 12' sheets if possable.
Go rent a drywall lift.
Super simple to lift and hold them in place with one person if needed with a lift.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:51 AM   #4
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I agree with joe with one difference I would buy a lift from harbor freight and resell it when I was done that way I could work at my leisure.
A couple hundred bucks will be the best money you ever spent.
No Warranty Means- If it breaks in half you get to keep both halves.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:23 AM   #5
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Code may call for 5/8". I don't know anybody that races to use, or work with, more weight than is needed. If 1/2" passes code go for it. I see you gain nothing doubling up half inch unless you are doing some sort of tray ceiling? You don't see many people using drywall nails anymore so I would go with drywall screws.

If you can spare the cashflow, I too was a big fan of buying specialty tools, using them as long as needed, and then turning around and selling them when done. It usually works out cheaper than renting and you are not bound by return dates and penalties for keeping tools. Of course if you are prone to procrastination the rental return may be what you need to stay motivated?

I would tend to buy nicer tools than Harbor Frieght though if you want to maintain resale value. That said, there is not much complicated about a drywall lift.

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Old 12-01-2012, 09:12 AM   #6
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i bought a like new used lift on CL, for $100. money WELL spent ! when i am done with it = back on CL.

btw. all of the lifts i have seen, look pretty much the same as the HF model.
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lifts are all pretty much the same. looking at the "high quality" rental lifts the other day they are the same ( parts and construction methods ) as the one I got online for 140$. not sure if I'll keep it after I am done or resell. probably keep as we are looking for a cottage on a lake now and I expect our price range will be a "fixer-upper"
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:36 AM   #8
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for soundproofing on an apartment recently we put up 1/2" 4x8 soundproof board first to the ceiling joists and then 1/2" drywall for a total thickness of one inch
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:50 PM   #9
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No need of lift... had one helper... all worked out fine... and 2 2x4x10s...


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