How to Hang Drywall on a Slanted Ceiling

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Hanging drywall on a slanted ceiling gives depth to the room. With the right tools and moderate knowledge of construction, hanging drywall on a slanted ceiling can be a simple process. Doing this project yourself can save you a lot of money. If you need help with this project, ask your local hardware store for advice or a local contractor.

Things You'll Need

  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Drywall
  • Two ladders
  • Drywall screws
  • Drill
  • Drywall bit
  • Drywall tape
  • Joint compound
  • Trowel
  • Sandpaper
  • Carpenter's knife
  • Helper
  • Locate the studs in the ceiling. Standing on a ladder with a helper holding the base, use the stud finder to find the studs in your ceiling. Mark where the studs are on the wall with a pencil.

  • Measure the ceiling with the tape measure to see how much drywall you will need.

  • Start hanging drywall from the highest part of the slanted ceiling. Have your helper assist you in carrying the drywall up the ladder. Start attaching the drywall to the slanted ceiling using the drywall screws, the drill, and the drywall bit. The drywall bit allows you to countersink the drywall screws so you can cover them up to where they won't be seen.

  • Stagger the full sheets of drywall. Stagger means to never run one continuous joint or seam because it is very hard to cover. To stagger you must put one sheet of drywall on the far corner of the slanted ceiling, then take the next sheet and measure four feet from the sheet you just hung. Mark it with a pencil. Run the next sheet from that mark out and that will give you a four-foot stagger so the seams will not run together.

  • Measure the empty space in the ceiling that the full sheets of drywall you have hung so far do not cover. Measure the scrap drywall, cut it using the carpenter's knife and fill in the rest of the ceiling with the scrap drywall. Use the drill, the drywall screws, and the drywall bit to attach the drywall.

  • Tape all of the seams using the drywall tape. Use the joint compound and the trowel to mud all the seams. Let it set up for three hours. Sand lightly with the sandpaper. Repeat the mud and the sanding two more times. After it's nice and smooth and you are happy with it, you can prime and paint.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure to have another person to help hang drywall on the ceiling. It is too difficult to do it by yourself.

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