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Drop ceiling in small room (50" x 130")

Old 11-25-15, 06:33 PM
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Drop ceiling in small room (50" x 130")

I am installing a drop ceiling in a room that is about 50" x 130", and am doing 2x2 tiles. The joists run the direction of the 130". Everything I have read says that the main Ts need to be spaced 4 feet apart. If I do that then I am left with 1 inch panels on the side, which won't really work. Will it work if I have 2 main Ts that are spaced 2 feet apart and have 13" side panels instead? If I do this, then of course I will not make use of the 4 foot cross Ts, I would only use 2 foot cross Ts. I would assume that this would be ok, but just want to check with somebody who is smarter than me.

Thanks in advance for the help.

Old 11-25-15, 07:01 PM
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Correct. Run two mains and center your 2' tile on the 50" dimension. The sides will 13" tiles (more or less). With your wall angle installed you will likely be able to get two cuts out of a single tile anyway which will reduce waste. You will only need 2' tees to fill out the rest of the space.

You might also be able to get away with a single main and use 4' and 2' to fill the field, but two might be easier.

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