Prep the Ceiling
Remove lights, fans, vent covers, smoke alarms or other objects that are normally attached to the ceiling.
Locate each ceiling joist and mark it with a snap line. Place a nail in the center of the ceiling joist to attach the snap line. The lines and nail holes will be covered with the ceiling panel.
To locate ceiling joists behind drywall insert a long finish nail probe into the ceiling. The nail will enter easily if no joists are present. Work additional nail holes to the side until entry is more difficult. This is the joist edge. Find the center of the joist, then test again 16” to the side, the probable distance to the next joist.
Once each ceiling joist has been marked with a snap line, measure the ceiling panel width. Note: Panel sizes must be consistent. Next, measure and mark the ceiling for furring strip attachments. The furring strips are attached to the ceiling to correspond to the width of the ceiling panels. Note: When attaching the ceiling panels, the edges should be in the center of the furring strip.
Screw the 2” x 2” furring strips into the marked ceiling using 3” screws. Note: A framing nail gun may be used with 3” nails instead of 3” screws. Continue attaching the furring strips across the ceiling joists until you reach the opposite wall. Make certain that the perimeter of the design has furring strips to connect the outside edges of the ceiling panels. Note: Ceiling panels placed against the wall may be smaller in size than the rest of the panels; therefore, panels will have to be custom cut to fit. Furring strips must accommodate this attachment.
Safety Tip: When working on electrical fixture removal, switch the circuit breaker off to cut power to the working area. It is recommended that an electric current device be used to test each fixture to ensure that the power is off. Wire-cap each loose wire when the fixture is removed.
Builder's Tip: When attaching the furring strips to the ceiling, ensure that the width between strips is consistent to match the width of the panels. An assistant helper is recommended to hold the furring strips during attachment.