Furring strips for drywall ceiling

Old 06-07-03, 09:27 AM
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Furring strips for drywall ceiling

I'm getting ready to replace a plaster ceiling in my elderly house with drywall. Because the joists are hand-hewn and very uneven, I plan to install 1 x 4 furring strips perpendicular to the joists to make it easier to shim.

My main question is how far apart should I space the 1 x 4's? I was planning to go 16" OC; is this okay?

Can I get by with 1-5/8" screws, or should I go with 2"?

And finally, would I have any problems using 1/2" drywall on this ceiling? I'm not encumbered by any codes, but I don't want to have problems with sagging down the road.

Feel free to point out any other problems I may encounter. Looking forward to any advice!
Old 06-07-03, 08:28 PM
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If you want to just use 1/2" rock, I'd recommend shortening up your spacing on the furring strips to 12" centers to prevent it from sagging.

Check out the how-to links here on DIY.com, here's the link to the page

On the screws, I'd go with 1-1/2" or the 1-5/8" you mentioned for the furring strips, 1" screw will be fine with the 1/2" rock.

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