Strapping a Ceiling When Hanging Sheetrock on Ceilings
How To Instructions for Strapping a Ceiling before Hanging Drywall
By: Mark J. Donovan
Prior to hanging
sheetrock to ceiling joists it is important that strapping first be installed.
Strapping a ceiling helps
prevent cracks from showing up later in your home’s ceiling, as well as provides
more surface area for securing the sheetrock to the ceiling.
Strapping a ceiling consists of
nailing 1”x 3” boards perpendicular to the ceiling joists.
Strapping can be purchased at any home improvement center as individual sticks
or in bundles of 10, and comes in lengths from 8 to 16 feet.
Strapping a Ceiling
Strapping should be
applied every 16 inches on center perpendicular to, and across, the ceiling
joists. Care should be made in installing the ceiling strapping such that two pieces of
abutting sheetrock each have access to approximately 1.5” of surface area of the
For example, the
centerline of the 3rd row of
strapping from a wall should be at 48 inches (the width of a piece of
sheetrock). Not the edge of the strapping!
The installation of
ceiling strapping is straight forward in concept, however significant care should be
given to ensure that it is securely nailed and runs straight. Otherwise the
sheetrocking effort may not go smoothly or be installed properly.
On pitched ceilings,
it may help to use a chalk line and level to ensure straight lines. Also, the
use of a Nail Gun is very helpful in strapping a ceiling, as nailing over one’s head can
quickly become tiring. Not to mention, the job goes much faster.
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