Installing suspended ceiling grid

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Old 10-31-08, 05:24 AM
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Installing suspended ceiling grid

I am finishing my basement in my newly constructed home. I have completed all the framing and electrical runs, and am now ready to install the grid system for the suspended ceiling. I will be using 2x2 ceiling tiles.

For a 2x2 installation, it's my understanding that the standard way to install the grids is to
1) Align the main tees parallel & 48" on center,
2) Install 48" cross tees 24" OC & perpendicular to the main tees, and
3) Install 24" cross tees perpendicular and centered on the 48" cross tees.

My question: Can I simply install the main tees 24" on center, and then install the 24" cross tees perpendicular and 24" OC on the main tees, thereby eliminating the need for the 48" cross tees?

Is there anything "wrong" with installing the grid as I describe in my question? Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Thanx for any and all help on this matter.

Todd
 
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Old 10-31-08, 06:39 AM
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As you know, leveling the ceiling grid consists of getting the main tees level. You will be doubling your work of leveling and any out-of-level condition will be more noticeable. Also, you will have to find twice as many anchor points for the support wires.
 
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Old 10-31-08, 07:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Wirepuller38 View Post
As you know, leveling the ceiling grid consists of getting the main tees level. You will be doubling your work of leveling and any out-of-level condition will be more noticeable. Also, you will have to find twice as many anchor points for the support wires.
Thanx, Wirepuller. Yes, I realize the "more work involved" aspect, but as far as installing as I outlined, is there anything "wrong" about doing it?

BTW, I do have a dual beam rotary laser level at my disposal for the wire hangers....
 
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You can do it the way you described 1-3. To do it with all mains and 2' tees will take longer and cost more. Most pros would put the 4' tees on 4' centers put another 4' tee down the middle, then use the 2' tees. Make sure you have some spring clamps or ceiling grid clamps, they will save you a lot of aggravation. Also, use ceiling lags to hang the wire on and fence staples to install the wall angle to the drywall. Using the fence staples allows you to put fasteners wherever you want and not only in studs. You use an awl to make a hole in the wall angle then drive one leg of the staple into the hole at an angle, the inside leg will pull against the back of the drywall and the other leg will pull the angle tight to the wall. They are available where you get the other material.
 
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