boxing heat ducts

Old 04-10-05, 11:32 AM
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boxing heat ducts

I will be boxing in side by side heat ducts on a basement ceiling. The width of the room is 15', and the outside of the ducts are 6'4" from side wall and run the length of the basement (45 feet). The question is what would look better? To box the ducts in just around the duct area, or box the furthest side of the ducts and then run straight to the side wall with the sheet rock, creating a dropped ceiling for this 6'4" distance. You would then have an 8' high ceiling on one side of the basement and a lower ceiling of 6'8". I intend to put high hat lights in this area, and there would be not much foot traffic since the HDTV and entertainment center would be on this wall. Thanks for your input.
Old 04-10-05, 12:00 PM
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Id tack some 1X2 together on the joist them stand back and see just what looks good and right to you.

Old 04-11-05, 12:54 PM
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your duct run sounds like mine, albeit mine is closer to the side wall. Check it out...

IMO, I'm not sure what value could be gained from boxing in the side closer to wall? I think less transitions would be more visually appealing.

Also, I'm thinking about angling (the box-end) to give a smoother transition and cleaner look, but I don't know how much more framing effort this would require?


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