Armstrong ceiling tracks can be attached with nails or screws and installed with up to fifty percent fewer nails than standard furring strips.
If your ceiling is a popcorn ceiling, cracked, or the paint is chipping, you'll need to use another process called furring strips.
Plank ceilings are installed directly to furring strips or exposed joists with clips and screws.
You can learn more about furring strips and evaluate if you're up to the challenge here.
It is important in all fire-proofing of columns and girders, and in all floor construction, furring and partitions, that there shall be no continuous voids, either vertical or horizontal, which may possibly serve as flues for the spread of heat or flame in case of fire.