replacing drop ceiling with drywall

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Old 01-02-20, 11:06 AM
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replacing drop ceiling with drywall

I'm remolding a building that has a drop ceiling in it that needs replaced. I don't like the drop ceiling and want to replace it with drywall. The ceiling joist are 40" above the drop ceiling and I want my new ceiling to be the same height as the drop ceiling was.
 
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01-02-20, 06:20 PM
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If this is a commercial building I would strongly recommend not installing a drywall ceiling. The reason is commercial buildings a remodeled much more often than a dwelling and other changes are made as a tenant grows or shrinks.

Other issues include: Any electrical juction boxes are required to remain accessible. Plumbing valves and cleanouts need to remain accessible. Any HVAC equipment or other items that require service will need access.
 
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So you are going to have to frame out the ceiling at the same level that the drop ceiling is at, a fair amount of work.

Why not just go to the top?
 
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that would make the ceiling another 40inches taller and the building is a 60'x29' all open. wouldn't that be a little more expensive on my monthly heating bill? Plus there is a bunch of stuff in the space between the drop ceiling and the ceiling joist or truss. so i figure i'm just going to have to frame it out where the drop ceiling was, do i need to make the ceiling joist every 16" on center or can I just make them every 24" on center?
 
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You can use 1/2" drywall if you go 16" on center.
They sell some nice looking 2x2 drop ceiling panels, you might want to check them out first.
 
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the drop ceiling frame is all jacked up and they just want it replaced with drywall. What is the best way to put drywall ceiling up? I was told i can just put some wood hangers that hang down to attach the ceiling joist to so that I can stay at the height of the old drop ceiling. If so I can just use the little mettal braces that you would use on the truss to attach to each other (my verbage might not be correct). Do I just make my new ceiling joist (drywall frame) out of all 2"x4"s? Is there any secrets or certain ways this has to be done? Can I just do this similiar to making a new truss?
 
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Do I just make my new ceiling joist (drywall frame) out of all 2"x4"s?
That all depends on the span, you may need something larger as the main beam(s), you will also have to attach to the existing roof, your basically making simple trusses!
 
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If this is a commercial building I would strongly recommend not installing a drywall ceiling. The reason is commercial buildings a remodeled much more often than a dwelling and other changes are made as a tenant grows or shrinks.

Other issues include: Any electrical juction boxes are required to remain accessible. Plumbing valves and cleanouts need to remain accessible. Any HVAC equipment or other items that require service will need access.
 
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