Ceilings have the most impact of any element in a room, but they're often overlooked in remodeling plans. In the past, the most common types of ceilings were lath and plaster (the same material as the walls) and wood planks. Metal ceilings were also popular because they are light weight and easy to install. In the past few decades, drywall (gypsum board) has replaced lath and plaster as a wall and ceiling material. Indeed, drywall is nothing more than plaster already spread in a sheet. When remodeling or installing a ceiling, keep the following safety tips in mind.
- Use the appropriate tool for the job.
- Use the proper dust mask or respirator when sanding and sawing.
- Safety glasses or goggles should be worn whenever power tools are in use, or when hammering overhead, especially if you wear contact lenses.
- Watch power cord placement so that it does not interfere with the tool's operation.
- Keep blades sharp. A dull blade requires excessive force, can slip, and cause accidents.
- Be certain the panels or tiles you purchase do not contain asbestos or any other material that could cause a health problem in your home. Buy from a nationally known manufacture that is respected for quality.