drop ceiling


Old 05-17-05, 09:55 AM
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drop ceiling

someone posted here once a new drop ceiling that can be hung close to the joists...in my basement i currently have the 12x12 staple up square block ceiling...i dont have the height to install a drop ceiling,i was intrested in this new type i think it clips into rails or something....if anyone knows the name could you please post it ...thanks george
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Old 05-17-05, 06:48 PM
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I think you are looking for Armstrong. I forget which of the 2 big stores I got it. The rails and cross tees are made of plastic and they screw directly to the joists,and the cross tees kind of pivot to allow you to insert the panels. It was kind of difficult placing the last few panels but it looks good and saved headroom. Hope this helped.
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You may be thinking of the ceilinglink product. I have never used it or seen it used. I just saved the link for research, in case I decide to go that route with my basement.

Try this link: http://www.ceilinglink.com/index.html
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The product they sell at Lowes and HD is called Ceiling Max. This is similar to Ceiling Link, but Ceiling Link can only be purchased online.

Old 05-22-05, 03:20 PM
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I decided to go the Ceiling Link route and I'm about 1/2 way through the installation. So far I'm pretty impressed.

I tried getting info at Lowes about their version of a similar product, but no one I talked to seemed to have much of a clue about it, so I took the plunge and ordered Ceiling Link over the internet. The only hiccup was the FedEx delivery required a signature. I discovered it wasn't good enough to sign the little card and have them drop it off the next day and that you actually had to be present for delivery which was a bit of a pain, but I did manage to get the package. It was an 8+ foot long box and about 6x6 inches on the end.

As far as the installation, it does go up pretty fast and I could see how someone could manage to put up a whole ceiling in a day if they weren't as picky or inept as I am. I decided to us a tablesaw with a fine toothed blade instead of the anvil cutters they recommended for cutting the grid pieces. That gave me a nice cut, but was more time consuming and probably overkill. Also, instead of a chalk line I just ran a tight string 24 1/8" from the previous grid and used it as a guide when screwing the grid pieces up. This allowed me to see any joists that were a little higher than the others. I sometimes added shims to level things out, which was also probably overkill because ceiling has a self leveling feature that seems to work reasonably well.
I stopped 1/2 way to finish up the speaker wiring.

I think what I've done so far looks great. It looks straighter that I thought I could get it. After doing a little drywall for one wall, I'm glad I decided to spend the extra money and do the ceiling tile. My only concern with the tiles I picked out is that they seem a little fragile, but time will tell. As far as the grid system it seems to be very good quality, easily up to the task of holding
the tiles, and looks good (in my opinion).

Al Z.
Old 05-27-05, 06:36 AM
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Pixal, if you have any pictures, I would love to see that sytem in a real home. Email me at [email protected]. Thanks. Also, is this system solely for flat ceilings? I have pipes hanging from some of the joists. will this sytem work or not. Thanks
Old 05-30-05, 05:20 PM
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I put some pictures on my web site:


I've been playing this weekend and not working on the basement. I have a gas pipe that runs along the end of the basement. I was going to hire someone to raise it up into the joists, but decided to work around it instead. My plan is to nail furring strips to the joists so that that part of the ceiling will be a bit lower and hang below the pipes.


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Old 06-06-05, 07:44 AM
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awesome Pixal, great pictures. Now that's information !!!

I am going to do my basement the same way
Old 06-26-05, 06:45 PM
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I finished my basement with this ceiling max system and it worked great for me. I did not lose any ceiling height. Here are some pictures:
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virgin or recycled?

The only thing I dont like about it is that the tracks are vinyl and will yellow with time.
Old 09-29-09, 08:51 AM
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drop ceiling

I just started to install my drop ceiling useing the ceiling link, and i must say i am very impressed. i am not a contractor so i was little nervous about trying this rather then your standard drop ceiling. I had a few contractors come give me a price and it was about $1,600.00. i am doing three rooms that are about 10x15 and i had no problems. i dont have much head room since it is a basement so this product works outs great.
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