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September 21, 7:22 PM [GMT -5]

Good call on fixing a sagging ceiling! It's best to not take down the ceiling drywall unless it is wet, damaged or moldy. The 1x3 strips are your best answer and way less messy. 24" spam requires 5/8" drywall but even this can sage over time due to moisture trapped in the attic space. The 3/4" space created with the boards won't apply any pressure on the new drywall wall so this should be a permanent fix. The extra layer also helps reduce sound. If it is sagged more than 3/4, add another 1/4" or 1/2" strip of plywood. Use screws to fasten the board to the ceiling and remember the new drywall will be hanging on this so fasten it well.

Since the new drywall will extend to the walls, you'll have to deal with finishing the corners. In a new construction you'd just tape and finish them. If you are going to repaint the walls, taping is the way to go. If you don't want to paint the walls, you can add a nice piece of crown molding to cover over the corner. It adds an extra nice touch to the room. Use a TapeBuddy taping tool for less mess in with this project. You'll be glad you did.

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