A ceiling tear down and ceiling replacement are messy jobs. If you are working on an older house, asbestos could be present, making it a hazardous job as well. If at all possible, it’s best left to the professionals but if you are going to take it on yourself, then here’s what you need to know.
What You Will Need
- 1 Latex-Based Drywall Primer
- 1 Quart of All-Purpose Joint Compound
- 1 Stainless Steel Mud Pan
- 1 – 2” Angle-Tipped Paint Brush
- 1 Drywall Knife
- 1 Drywall Sanding Sponge
- Tape Measure
- Pole Sander
- 120-Grit Sandpaper
Steps for a Ceiling Replacement
#1 Removing the Ceiling
If you can, first remove the insulation before you start to remove the drywall from the ceiling. Having the insulation out of the way makes the demolition much easier. If the attic has loose fill, it can fall on the floor along with the old drywall. Any house constructed prior to 1970 needs to be tested to see if it has an asbestos-based insulation. If it does, you will need a professional removal company to get rid of it.
#2 The Demolition Process
- Disconnect any electrical fixtures.
- Cover the floor with plastic and put on your dust mask and goggles.
- Start to demolish the old drywall and remove the existing fasteners along the way.
- If you aren’t going to demolish the walls, use a utility knife to cut the tape at the edge of the ceiling to prevent damage.
#3 Hang the New Drywall
- Make sure all the old fasteners are removed.
- Clean all of the debris off the floor so you once again have a clean work space.
- Make any necessary modifications to the lighting.
- You’re ready to start your ceiling replacement.
- If your drywall needs to be cut, now is the time to measure and cut.
- Bring the drywall into the room. You’ll either need a helper or a drywall lift.
- Lift the drywall to the ceiling joists.
- Now you are ready to attach it. Use screws for the ceiling because they won’t pop out.
- Space no more than 12” apart, sinking the heads until they make a dent in the drywall but don’t break the paper.
#4 Tape and Finish
- It’s a messy job to tape drywall seams on the ceiling. Use undiluted, all-purpose joint compound as it has the perfect consistency for the ceiling.
- After taping, you will have to apply a minimum of two topcoats.
- With your wide drywall knife, carefully feather the compound and then flatten the seams.
- Using a pole sander with 120-grit sandpaper, sand the last coat to smooth the area and prep it for priming and painting.
Doing a ceiling replacement isn’t for everyone. Perth Ceiling and Walls can take care of your ceiling replacement in the metropolitan area of Perth. Why not give us a call?