Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Strap a Ceiling
By Mark J. Donovan
|In order to more easily fasten drywall to a ceiling furring strips are installed perpendicular to the ceiling joists. The furring strips create a larger fastening surface area for attaching drywall and also help to prevent the drywall seams from cracking by creating a more stable base.
The actual task of strapping a ceiling involves nailing furring strips to the ceiling joists. The furring strips are simply 1”x3” dimensional pine lumber that are about 0.62 inches thick.
They are nailed to the ceiling joists with 8d shank ringed nails.
You can find strapping lumber at any home improvement center, and it can be purchased in single piece lengths or in bundles of 10 pieces. Common available strapping lumber lengths range from 8 to 16 feet.
When strapping a ceiling the strapping lumber should be spaced on 16 inch centers, again perpendicular to the ceiling joists. Also, it is important to install the strapping so that four foot width sheets of abutting sheetrock have approximately 1.25” of nailing surface area over the strapping.
Lastly, use a nail gun to attach the furring strips to the ceiling joists. Repeated nailing over your head with a hammer gets exhausting and takes a lot more time compared to using a pneumatic nail gun.
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