Drop ceilings

Old 04-10-01, 06:43 AM
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I want to install a drop ceiling in my basement. I want to surround the ductwork which runs the length of the basement in the ceiling panel material instead of drywall. Also, I do not want to attach the material to the duct. How do I do this? Does anyone know a web site that I could get instructions on doing this?
Old 04-12-01, 05:46 AM
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I surrounded my ducting with 2x2 frame and drywall, and did a drop ceiling on the rest of the room. It looks good, even though the deiling is in two sections. If you really want to use the drop-tiles, you'll have to either make the entire ceiling as low as teh bottom of your duct, or have a vertical section of the ceiling on the side of the duct. Or you caould frame around the duct and use that to attach the drop ceiling grid to. I wanted to save headroom under the duct so I used the drywall.
Old 04-12-01, 07:00 PM
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I did the exact same thing in my basement by building a 2 x 2 box around the ductwork, then installed the drop ceiling framing.
Install the L-channel along the length of the box where it meets the ceiling, vertically where it meets the side wall, and under the "box" where it meets the back and side walls. Leave enough clearance for the tile to slide into place between the channel and the 2x2 frame. Install an L-channel to form the "outside corner" of the drop ceiling. Attach "T-channels" vertically to match up with the channels running along your ceiling.

The ceiling material can be a snug fit, since there is less panel material to bend into place, but it works and looks great!

Good luck!

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