Drop ceiling in modular home basement

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Old 12-15-19, 09:12 AM
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Drop ceiling in modular home basement

We have a massive basement under our modular home and we were thinking about doing a drop ceiling to make it look better. I can't seem to find any videos on how you go about installing it since we don't wood joists evenly spaced. It's all the steel trailer frames. Is there any other options? We might be able to do it if we pulled all of the insulation off from between the joists but that you are hanging everything way down from the joists.
 
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Old 12-15-19, 09:31 AM
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Sorry but I find this confusing!!

You say "we don't wood joists evenly spaced."
Then you say "We might be able to do it if we pulled all of the insulation off from between the joists"

Which seems to contradict the first statement.

Perhaps a picture would help explain your problem.
 
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Old 12-15-19, 09:38 AM
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There are many ways you can hang a suspended ceiling off of the structure. There are self-tapping lags with an eye hole for steel, there are threaded lags for wood or clips that will friction hold onto metal flanges. You can also just wrap the ceiling wire around the framing if they are open web trusses.

Perhaps you can post a picture of what you are working with and we can make some suggestions.
 
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There are wooden floor joists with insulation between them and it kind of goes under them. And then there is a full steel trailer frames under that. So from the wood joists to where the ceiling would be is almost 2 foot. Sorry for the confusion
 
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Old 12-15-19, 01:44 PM
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They call them "suspended ceilings" because the grid is hung from wires that are tied vertically, wherever a joist is located. So a suspended ceiling could be 6", 12", 2 ft, 4 ft... below the joists. You just need longer wire.

So I dont quite understand what your question is. Unless you want us to explain the basics to you of how to do it.

Your main tees go perpendicular to the direction of the joists, and the main tees are put 4 ft on center. They are wired up to the joists, level with each other. Wall angle is put on the walls, to create a level perimeter. Everything else is done with cross tees, either 4' or 2' long. The perimeter grid will be cross tees that are cut to length.
 
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Wasn't sure if it would affect the pieces if they were hanging way down.
 
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Old 12-15-19, 04:01 PM
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Nope. The height of a suspended ceiling is wherever you put it. It actually gets easier to install the tiles the more space you've got above the grid.
 
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