dropped ceiling question

Old 03-07-01, 05:11 PM
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Hi...I'm installing a suspended ceiling in my basement. My question: do I need to connect the main T's and/or cross T's to the wall angle? I've seen some with rivets, and others that seem to be just resting on the wall angle. Would it be stable enough if I didn't use rivets? Also, any hints or tricks of the trade related to dropped ceilings would be appreciated. Thanks!
Old 03-08-01, 03:23 AM
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The main or cross T can rest on the wall angle without a fastener as the weight of the ceiling is supported by the wire or connector from the joist, not the wall angle. Leaving the end of the cross T loose allows it to pivot to ease placement or removal of the tile.
Start by centering the center of the tile with the center of the room & work toward the walls. This will match the size of the tiles along opposing walls.

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