Garage Remodel #9: Adding 5/8" drywall to ceiling

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 08-07-2016 04:01 AM 764 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: reznor natural gas heater, installed and running Part 9 of Garage Remodel series Part 10: Ceiling drywall done! Experiences learned... »

Going about this solo with no help. Rented Home Depot drywall lift. Each sheet is 4’x12’ 105lb 5/8” Fire-X. 10 sheets total. Had HD deliver 10 sheets as I have no reliable method to transport 1,000lbs of 12’ drywall. Took down lights and electrical faceplates. Added an extra 220v 10/2 wire since I have a home for my 220v 3HP Grizzly DC, and 2 extra 110v 12/2 wire runs along a far wall (thought best to have the outlets there when I sheetrocked ceiling before too late). I’ll have to take pictures of how I get a 4’x12’ sheet up on drywall lift solo. Using 1 5/8” drywall screws as well.
Installed first sheet Saturday night so I can see what’s in store for me Sunday.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#1 posted 08-07-2016 05:32 PM

Those sheetrock lifts can be a Godsend when doing sheetwork like this !

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#2 posted 08-07-2016 08:27 PM

More than one way to skin a cat!

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#3 posted 08-07-2016 10:34 PM

This is the first time putting up sheetrock. Especially first time putting sheetrock on a ceiling. I guess I should give some background as to why it was the way it was. When I first moved into this house & 2 car garage, the garage had finished walls & ceiling with a single light bulb in the middle and a single 15amp 110v outlet on the wall. I knew I had to run electrical, voice/data cables (that’s my full time job so that stuff is easy), gas line for my Reznor NG heater, and some other things. So out came the ceiling drywall. I did come to insulate it with R-19 (in retrospect, should of went higher but R-19 was a good compromise) insulation roll batts. I did run the electrical and all necessary cables. It actually wasn’t too shabby in the winter for retaining heat. This summer though…ouch… the 100 degree days. My 15,000 BTU window a/c couldn’t do too well because gaps in insulation, not sealed, etc. So my first step in furthering climate control is to seal the ceiling with 5/8th Fire rated drywall. That should help a ton. Next, blown in insulation on side walls.

Mind you…I had no experience with electrical (110v or 220v) wiring nor insulation installing nor drywall work. Yes, I could of hired someone for this and that. But this DIY stuff is … needed experience.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#4 posted 08-08-2016 11:23 AM

Very nice and you will have a nice area. Good call on the drywall lift….you are brave dealing with the 12 ft sheets.

Smart move with extra electrical as you can never have enough.

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#5 posted 08-08-2016 01:57 PM

12” drywalll is a b*h to handle but a real timesaver when hanging and taping. They do make a lightweight drywall now much easier to move. It has air entrained in the mix don’t know if it is fire rated but you can definitely feel the difference in weight.

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#6 posted 08-08-2016 04:46 PM

More than one way to skin a cat!


Method #32, belt sander!

I’ll never do another ceiling again without one of those lifts!

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#7 posted 08-09-2016 03:21 AM


-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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