Step 5: Cover the wall

covering the wall with drywall
Photo: David Carmack
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Mark all the stud locations on the adjoining ceiling panels.

Use a tape measure to ensure the first panel's end will land in the center of a stud; if it won't, cut the panel as in Step 1.

With a helper, hold the panel against the studs so that one edge butts against the ceiling panel and one end fits snugly against the abutting wall.

Following the stud marks on the ceiling, drive a line of five screws through the drywall and into each stud. As in Step 2, start screwing into a stud close to the middle of the panel and work outward.

Continue hanging panels along the top of the wall, right over any window and door openings. (The excess will be trimmed later.) Make sure no seams line up with a door or window corner. Don't fasten panels to the framing around the openings yet.

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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill (for driving screws
    • t-square
      T-square,
      for guiding utility-knife cuts
    • circle cutter
      Circle cutter,
      for scoring paper to fit around circular ceiling boxes and recessed lights
    • drywall saw
      Drywall saw,
      for cutting and trimming panels before installation
    • drywall lifter
      Drywall lifter,
      for raising lowest sheet on wall
    • metal cutting snips
      Metal-cutting snips,
      for cutting corner bead
    • ladder
      Step ladders and staging planks,
      to stand on when installing ceiling panels
    • utility knife
      Utility knife,
      for cutting panels and smoothing ends
    • rotary cut-out tool
      Rotary cut-out tool,
      for cutting around electrical boxes and windows and doors
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Measuring tape

    Shopping List

    1. DRYWALL

    2. 1 1/4-INCH COARSE-THREAD DRYWALL SCREWS

    3. CONER BEAD

    for finishing outside corners



    4. 1 1/2-INCH DRYWALL NAILS

    for installing corner bead