By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Step 1 : 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
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
Every 4-feet on center fasten cross strips which provide a nailing surface for the ends of the metal sheets.
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