How to Install a Tin Ceiling

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required
  • Measuring tape
  • Electric drill
  • Hammer
  • Carpenter's level
  • Straightedge
  • Bevel square
  • File
  • Tin snips
  • Compass
Materials Required
  • 1X3 furring strips
  • Wood shims
  • Drywall screws
  • Tin ceiling sheets
  • Decorative nails
  • 1/2-in. wire nails
  • Cornice pieces
  • Oil-based (alkyd) paint
  • Masking tape

Before You Begin

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  • Step 1 : Fasten furring strips to ceiling

    Fasten furring strips to ceiling

    Use 2 1/2-inch or longer drywall screws to fasten the furring strips around the perimeter of the room. The cornice trim pieces will be fastened into these strips. Then lay out the furring strips beginning in the center and working out from it with another strip every 12 inches on center. They should be installed perpendicular to the ceiling joists.

  • Step 2 : Use shims to create a level ceiling

    Use shims to create a level ceiling

    To make up for an uneven or irregular ceiling, use wood shims behind the furring strips. Use a long straightedge and carpenter's level to check for levelness.

  • Step 3 : Install cross strips

    Install cross strips

    Every 4-feet on center fasten cross strips which provide a nailing surface for the ends of the metal sheets.

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