Tips for ceiling installation from Dan Reilly and CSR Gyprock

Tips for ceiling installation from Dan Reilly and CSR Gyprock
Tips for ceiling installation from Dan Reilly and CSR Gyprock

By Dani Wales

With so many professional renovators in the spotlight, seasoned DIY’ers are increasingly looking for challenges that will take their skills to the next level. While advanced DIY projects can add significant value to a home, there are some projects that even the handiest DIY’er will shy away from, but with expert guidance and a little bit of care they can deliver fantastic results at a fraction of the cost.

Expert renovator, fully qualified builder and The Blocks’ “ForeDan”, Dan Reilly thinks it’s a great idea for homeowners to get involved in their own renovations.

“Budget is the one thing that can make a renovation spiral out of control, so it’s a great idea for homeowners to roll up their sleeves and pitch in where they can.” 

While installing plasterboard for ceilings may seem like a job better left to the professionals, it can be a very rewarding DIY project that generates significant savings on labour costs, lining bare timbers to create a smooth finish.

To go with CSR Gyprock’s step-by-step guide to ceiling installation, Dan has shared some of his top tips with us today:

2_Ceiling1. Refer to DIY installation guides — Homeowners will be surprised at how quickly they can get the hang of it with the right guidance. The Gyprock DIY Guide for the Residential Handyman is geared towards homeowners with clear instructions for small plasterboard projects.

2. Plan your work — For best results it’s important to plan each task and sketch and measure the ceiling so you can work out all the materials that you need. Draw a diagram of each room opened up like a shoebox and mark down the measurements. If you take the diagram to a Gyprock supplier they will help you work out how many sheets of plasterboard and accessories you will need.

3. Choose the right product — In our recent Seddon House renovation we used Gyprock Supaceil, a superior quality plasterboard. The special formulation means it is easier and more flexible to lift with a much cleaner score and snap capability, making it much more user friendly for DIY renovators to handle.

4. Get help when you need it — Placing ceiling sheets in position requires at least two people so make sure you have the right help on hand, and if the job becomes too awkward for you to complete on your own, don’t be afraid to call in the professionals and know you gave it a good go.



Step-by-step guide to installing a ceiling:

Before you start, ensure that all electrical outlets are checked and isolated by a qualified electrician.

  1. Apply ‘daubs’ of Gyprock Stud Adhesive about 25mm diameter and 15mm thickness, about the size of a walnut, at 230mm maximum spacings.8_Ceiling
  2. Start about 200mm from where the end of the sheet will go and leave 200mm from the centre nails or screw location.
  3. Install sheets at right angles to the joists, using a single length across the room if possible. Nail or screw at 10 to 16mm from sheet edges, fixing one recessed edge to each joist. Press the sheet firmly against the adhesive daubs and fix along the opposite edge.
  4. Drive the fastener heads just below the board surface, taking care not to break the face paper.
  5. At the centreline of sheets, fasten to each joist with two nails 75mm apart or with a single screw. Nail or screw every 200mm at sheet ends and around any openings.
  6. Drive temporary nails or screws through a small plasterboard off-cut, mid way between the sheet centreline and edges, to hold sheets tight against joists while the adhesive dries (up to 48 hours).


The Gyprock DIY Guide is available to download from In addition Gyprock provides a series of eight “How To” DIY videos which can be viewed on its website or YouTube channel GyprockTV.

Good luck!


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