How to install a ceiling?

The perfect solution to hide ducts, pipes or cables, a suspended ceiling is also a good way to conceal level irregularities or create an acoustic insulation in a house or a garage.

Recommendations:

  • Work on a solid substrate (with no humidity) that can bear the weight of the suspended ceiling's frame.
  • Wear suitable protective clothing: suit, gloves, goggles.
  • Rent a board lifter to ease the installation of the tiles.
  • Make sure that the ceiling height is enough. For a common habitable room, it should be at least 1,80 metres high.

RONA- How to Install Suspended Ceiling

Tools:

  • Drill
  • Chalk line
  • Measuring tape
  • Paper pad
  • Pencil
  • Pliers
  • Ruler
  • Square
  • String
  • Tin snips
  • Utility knife
  • Working gloves

Materials:

  • 16-gauge wire
  • 24"x24" or 24"x48" acoustical ceiling tiles
  • Drywall screws
  • Eyebolt hardware
  • Main T members (main runners)
  • Cross T members
  • L-shaped perimeter moulding

Key steps:

  1. Draw the ceiling grid on paper.
  2. Draw a line down the centre of the room, in both directions.
  3. At every 4ft, draw lines along the shortest of the two lines.
  4. At every 2ft, draw lines along the longest of the two lines.
  5. You'll be able to see how many tiles are needed.
  6. Measure the bottom height of each joist.
  7. Mark the L-shape moulding.
  8. Install the L-shape perimeter mouldings.
  9. Mark the place of the main runners.
  10. Install the runners perpendicularly to the ceiling joists.
  11. Place the eyebolts in every third ceiling joist.
  12. Attach the wires to the eyebolts.
  13. Fix the remaining runners to the hanging wires.
  14. Install the cross T members then the final pieces.
  15. Install each tile into the grid system.

How to install Rondo KEY-LOCK® Suspended Ceiling System

Tools:

  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk line
  • Screwer
  • Pencil
  • Electric drill
  • Spirit level

Key steps:

  1. Mark the ceiling height on the walls.
  2. Install the wall track around the perimeter of the ceiling.
  3. Secure the suspension hanger brackets in a 1200 x 1200mm grid pattern.
  4. Precut the suspension rods.
  5. Slide the suspension clips onto the rods.
  6. Attach the suspension rod assembly to the hanger bracket.
  7. Clip the top cross rail into the suspension clip.
  8. Assemble the locking key onto the furring channel.
  9. Clip the furring channel into the top cross rail.
  10. Adjust the levelling if needed.
  11. Install the building boards onto the grid.

How to install and MF plasterboard ceiling

Tools and materials:

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Level spirit
  • Electric drill
  • Drywall screws
  • Angle brackets
  • Bolts

Key steps:

  1. Make sure the ceiling is levelled.
  2. Mark the required height on the walls.
  3. Install the plasterboard ceiling perimeter.
  4. Cut the suspension hangers to the required length.
  5. Drill a hole in one end and attach the bracket.
  6. Install the suspension hangers.
  7. Install the main support channels, then the ceiling sections.
  8. Check that the whole framework is secured.
  9. Fix the boards.
  10. You can easily create an access in the ceiling if needed.

This article to learn how to install a ceiling was written by Cécile Lessard

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