Drywall ceiling or walls first?

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Posted by: from Perth
2/21/2016 at 9:23:41 AM

I want to finish the basement in a new home and am not sure whether to drywall the ceiling or walls first.

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Date/Time2/21/2016 at 10:07:52 AM

If your ceilings are going to be drywall, then yes the ceilings are done prior to the walls. If you are going to be putting a t bar drop ceiling than the walls would be done first.

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Date/Time2/21/2016 at 10:19:03 AM

Ceiling first. The walls help support the ceiling.

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Richard from 3dDrywall in North York
Date/Time2/21/2016 at 10:37:52 AM

Always do the ceilings first, no matter what. You are dealing with weight and gravity so the walls hold the ceiling board firmly in place and helps prevent cracking in the corners. Make sure you put in at least 5 screws across the board and 6 at the butt end to also help prevent any movement. Plaster has no flexibility so movement will always result in cracks appearing. Don't countersink the screws to deeply, especially around the edges of the board. Your board should be firm on the ceiling.

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Emil from CGC Construction in Edmonton
Date/Time2/21/2016 at 11:01:36 AM

Ceilings first. Stagger the drywall, keep a minimum amount of seams and don't leave gaps between the drywall sheets.

I strongly recommend that you hire a professional taper after you're done drywalling.

Work safe and have fun.


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Date/Time2/21/2016 at 11:03:04 AM

Ceiling first. Hard to get a tight finish of corners when walls go up first. Once ceiling is up you can push sheet rock up to the ceiling to give it a nice tight finish before taping.

If by chance you are doing a main floor do not screw sheet rock next to the center and exterior walls. Let the wall sheet rock support the ceiling sheet rock. This will prevent ceiling sheet rock pulling away from wall sheet rock due to roof truss expansion. This is the reason you will see corners crack in ceilings.


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Date/Time2/21/2016 at 11:05:11 AM

First you drywall the ceiling. Then the panels on the walls. On the walls the panel should be pressed up against the sheet on the ceiling. this firms it up.

Hope this helps.

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Date/Time2/21/2016 at 11:09:13 AM

Ceilings first.

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Date/Time2/21/2016 at 11:11:27 AM

Always start with the ceilings first, then if your standing up your sheets on the wall, start one corner and continue around.... very standard. But if you lay them lengthwise start with the top row on the wall.

I suggest standing them up tho its better for installation and plaster. Less product waste too.

Contractor Kevin shepherd

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Glenn from GlennOvation in Montreal
Date/Time2/21/2016 at 11:12:27 AM


Ceilings always first then walls. Always the way to go.


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Date/Time2/21/2016 at 12:11:38 PM

Do at the same time!

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Date/Time2/21/2016 at 2:09:53 PM

Ceilings first.

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Date/Time2/22/2016 at 5:34:15 PM

Start from the top down. Unless like stated in the other post if you plan to do a t Bar ceiling then yes walls first.

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Arturo from Java Painting in Surrey
Date/Time3/3/2016 at 1:57:23 AM

Normally ceilings.

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Arturo from Java Painting in Surrey
Date/Time3/9/2016 at 12:51:29 AM

Ceilings first, normally is better.

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