Drilling, hit metal running vertical floor to ceiling


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Inspect the area for any obstructions, such as electrical wires, ductwork, or protruding pipes. Install furring strips to the framing in order to create a flat, even surface for drywall installation around these obstacles.


Mark the wall studs to indicate the locations of the ceiling joists for reference during the installation process. You'll also want to mark the placement of light fixtures and electrical boxes.


Build a T-Brace, if necessary. This will provide the leverage and support needed to raise the drywall panels to the ceiling when you're working alone. Use a 2 foot (60.96 cm) piece of 1 by 4 (2.54 by 10.16 cm) and nail it to a 2 by 4 (5.08 by 10.16 cm) that is long enough to be 1 foot (30.48 cm) higher than the length from the floor to the ceiling.


Hang the drywall, starting in the corner, where you can use a full sheet. Raise the first sheet to the ceiling so you can get an idea of the placement across...

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Re: Drilling Holes In Rafters

For completeness sake, here's the rules on joists and studs:

R502.8Drilling and notching. Structural floor members shall
not be cut, bored or notched in excess of the limitations speci-
fied in this section. See Figure R502.8.
R502.8.1 Sawn lumber. Notches in solid lumber joists, raf-
ters and beams shall not exceed one-sixth of the depth of the
member, shall not be longer than one-third of the depth of the
member and shall not be located in the middle one-third of
the span. Notches at the ends of teres shall not exceed
one-fourth the depth of the member. The tension side of
members 4 inches (102 mm) or greater...

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2. Plan Ahead – It’s Just Drywall- What’s To Plan For?

As a drywall contractor I often get a call about starting a drywall job that is ready now and the customer is hoping I can start work next week. Well, even if I had time to do the job there is a lot of planning ahead needed before I can start. First I measure each ceiling and wall to tally up the lengths needed. Drywall is available in panels up to 16-ft long. For an 8-ft 6-inch ceiling to a 9-ft ceiling I may want to order 54-inch high drywall to span the height with only one horizontal seam. Before I start figuring lengths and widths of panels needed I should check for access. Can I get a large truck close enough to the structure? Because larger deliveries are usually boomed in you need to check for power lines, tree limbs, as well as freshly dug ditches. Hopefully the contractor has thought about booming in upper story deliveries. If an installed window opening is too small then maybe the rough opening...

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"joists/studs (what's the difference?)"

JOISTS, floor (or celing in multi floor)
STUDS, vertical wall members
PLATES, horizontal wall members (sole plate, bottom, top plate, top)
BEAMS, horizontal structural support members,
POSTS, vertical structural members
RAFTERS Inclined roof support members
RIDGE PLATE, the top part where the rapters are nailed
HIP PLATE, the bottom part where the rafters are nailed
TRUSS, pre fabricated roof support members
RISERS, The front part of a stair
STRINGER, The side part of a stair
LATHE, little strips of wood nailed to the studs to support plaster (usually acompanied by)
MESH, looks kinda like chicken wire, It helps keep the plaster from cracking.
(last two pretty much made obselete by drywall.) but you may encounter them.
HEADER, Additional load bearing support over a door or window to keep them from binding.

Bear in mind, I am...

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