I have this guy -- I got new work since the drywall was removed.

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Can I cut the excess rail (past the nail) so it fits the joists, which are 12" apart? Or does that mean they're isn't enough space and I need to go smaller?

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    It looks like the rails should telescope (to allow for some variations in the spacing) if your spacing is on the short end I believe you can cut off the back en of the rails – ratchet freak Feb 29 '16 at 11:41

You can trim the rails so they will fit in a tighter space. Look close there are usually indents in the metal to help with cutting and snapping the rail to a shorter length. This is part of a normal install.

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    +1 The spec sheet shows that the rails can be shortened to fit into a 7 1/4" space. – bib Feb 29 '16 at 15:59

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