Dropped-Suspended Ceilings


Old 06-22-05, 08:44 AM
Kelli Corson
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Hello, we have these type ceilings in our kitchen and master bath and would like to get rid of them. Any advice? Can we just knock the drywall back till it's flush with the existing ceiling, remove the flourescents and install recessed lights? Is it harder than it looks because it looks deceptively easy. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!
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Old 06-22-05, 06:34 PM
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In many older homes dropped ceilings were installed to camouflage cracked plaster and other defects. Look behind tiles to determine what you are up against. If original ceiling is in disrepair, it can be covered with drywall and mudded for an updated look.

Recessed lights will depend on how much room you have above. It takes at least 7-8" for recessed lights. You can drill a hole and take a wire clothes hanger to determine how much room you have. You will need to locate your studs. The fewer studs you have to run wire through makes for an easier project.

Most manufacturers provide a template for cutting opening. You will need to locate cuts between joists. If you have access to the ceiling joists in your room, it's best to use cans that mount to joists for greater stability. If you do not, there are cans that attach to drywall.
Old 06-23-05, 01:38 PM
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Thank you for the advice - it was very helpful!

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