Plaster boarding an existing ceiling and locating pipes and electrics


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design combining: drywall ceilings and passed the experimental stage and has taken a worthy place in the modern building.Practice has shown full compatibility of different materials, it does not cause any difficulties in the way attached to the suspended ceiling plasterboard.
The structure, installation, aesthetic appeal, and other indicators of each type has its undeniable advantages.The combined two different technologies have become incredibly popular and in demand among real connoisseurs of beauty and unusual design solutions.

As tension fabric and plasterboard combined together: options, benefits, design, preparation of premises

Both systems have a number of distinct advantages, such as:

drywall and suspended ceiling in the aggregate do not have restrictionschoosing premises, have a long service life, long time without maintenance. Provide additional sound and heat insulation, ceilings hide defects and...
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Often if a ceiling is too badly damaged it will need plaster boarding over before it can either be Skimmed with plaster or Artexed. This ceiling below was very badly cracked but also was not flat as it curved off where it met the wall, the only solution here was to install a false ceiling by fixing a wooden partition across the ceiling (similar to building a partition wall).

This ceiling is so badly damaged that over boarding it is not possible

The stud work for the ceiling is relatively easy as you simply mark a line along one wall using a long piece of wood and spirit level at the height at which you want the false ceiling, fasten this piece of wood to the wall making sure it is level.

Then work around the room attaching the other lengths of wood until you have a level frame all around the room.

When all 4 walls have a level frame attached you can then install studs at 400mm centres for the plasterboard.

This procedure is almost identical to...

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Ceiling Repairs — How to Repair a Ceiling Hole

Summary: Advice on repairing a ceiling and mending holes in plaster ceilings. What to do when you have put your foot through the ceiling! Find out how to repair a hole in the ceiling and mend the damaged area. Get lots of tips for ceiling repairs here.

Repairing a ceiling seems to be one of the main tasks out there these days! (See also our project on repairing holes in plasterboard walls ). Perhaps its because more and more people are looking at converting their lofts or maybe that we all have too much junk we need to store it in the loft, but it seems quite a few people every week are putting a least one of their feet through the bedroom ceiling.

The frustrating thing about repairing a ceiling, be it mending holes in plaster ceilings or lath and plaster ceilings, you always have to make the hole bigger before you can repair it.

This method can also be used for inserting a new timber into a ceiling for screwing a...

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To avoid injury it is best to have someone to help you, as sheets of plasterboard are large and heavy and difficult to manoeuvre on your own. It is also recommended that you hire a panel lifter or make a deadman, which is a square piece of plywood or chipboard nailed to the end of a length of timber that reaches from floor to the ceiling. This is used to support the plasterboard when nailing.

Starting at one end of the room, lift a sheet of plasterboard into position ensuring the length of the plasterboard is at right angles with the joists and the ivory side is facing down. The sheets of plasterboard should always end mid-joist, so each board will be firmly secured to the joists.

This will involve cutting the plasterboard, which can be done with a fine-tooth

panel saw


Use a panel lifter or deadman to support the plasterboard when nailing.

Nail the plasterboard to the joists remembering to stagger the rows to avoid all the boards ending on the...

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–Check local regulations for restrictions and permit requirements before beginning electrical work–

Choosing a Location

This page describes installing 2x4 framing for a new ceiling fan or light fixture if no outlet box exists in the desired location.

To install this frame, first determine where the fixture will be located. If you're installing a new fan, be sure to place it so the ends of the blades are at least one blade length from all walls. Also look for a location that will be near an existing electrical source. For instance, if there's a wall receptacle nearby with available power, it can be used to serve a switch that can then serve the new fixture. Check locating an electrical source and fishing cable for more about installing the wiring required for this project.

With Attic Access

Working in the unfinished attic space above the new fixture location, measure the distance between the two nearest ceiling joists. Cut a 2x4 to this length...

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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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If this cannot be done, then all your measurements will be taken from this point. Using a piece of timber twice as thick as the plasterboard you intend to use, and long enough to reach the floor or the ceiling, hold it vertically on the protruding lump. Place a spirit level on the face of the wood and get it plumb, or level vertically. Once it is plumb, mark the floor or ceiling with a pen or pencil.

Measure from the wall to the mark on the ceiling. Then go further along the wall and mark the same measurement onto the ceiling. Use a chalk line between these two marked points and create a chalk line right across the ceiling.

Use the spirit level and mark down both walls on either side of the wall to be plaster boarded with the chalk line to mark the wall. Again with the chalk line, connect the bottom of both walls along the floor.

This should give a full chalk line a small measurement away from the wall which needs to be plaster...

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