basement ceilings

Old 03-16-01, 03:36 PM
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Question basement ceilings

when attaching drywall to a basement
ceiling is it better to attach the
drywall directly to the joists
or is it better to run strapping and
how far apart should they be.
also what should be done with
the hot air vent that sticks too
far down to be covered with the drywall?

Old 03-16-01, 05:59 PM
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If you can draw a fairly straight line across the bottom of your joists, it's best to attach directly to the joists. Minor differences can be shimmed. But if your joists are very uneven, you might consider furring strips. If you run furring strips, space them 16" on center.

I can't quite envision what you mean by a "hot air vent". But the normal technique for dealing with all those ducts and pipes and beams that are below the ceiling is to box around them with a soffit.

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