Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Drywall & Plaster


Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-03-2009, 11:36 AM   #1
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 4
Share |

12' drywall ceilings (2x4s?)

I recently purchased a ranch home with ALL drop down ceilings (scissor trusses!) except for the attached 2 car garage that they converted into part of the house. We want to install drywall ceilings in a majority of the rooms and will either leave the hallway drop down or add an access in one of the closets.

My question is, will 2x4s be able to hold drywall with 16" centers and the room span is around 11' 7-9". The room is about 23' long and will have around a 5-6' walk in closet built into one of the sides of the room.

I would love to start putting rafters in/building the closet wall this weekend, but wasn't 100% sure what I needed to purchase.


armsteadj1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2009, 12:06 PM   #2
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 1,590

12' drywall ceilings (2x4s?)

Consult the ceiling joist table in the IRC but I think you'll need to go to 2x6s.

Can you drywall to the bottom chord of the trusses instead?

jogr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2009, 12:11 PM   #3
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 4

12' drywall ceilings (2x4s?)

I would just make it a vaulted ceiling but there are pipes (airconditioner, gas) running under the scissor (idiots).. so we would have to move all of those before we could start =(
armsteadj1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2009, 01:04 PM   #4
Remodeling Contractor
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Sandy Hook, CT
Posts: 3,590

12' drywall ceilings (2x4s?)

move the pipes and anything under the trusses and make it a cathedral ceiling. It will be worth the effort. I have done this for several clients and all they wanted to know is what other rooms can I fix the same way. Moving these things is not difficult to do. To build a new ceiling use 2X6, not 2X4. Cost is not much more and you will have less sagging. Code would accept 2X4, but building better only makes sense sometimes.
Bob Mariani is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2009, 02:51 PM   #5
Registered User
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 9,968

12' drywall ceilings (2x4s?)

Be safe, Gary
If any ads are present in my answer above, I do not condone/support/use the product or services listed, they are there against my permission.
Gary in WA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2009, 07:15 PM   #6
PHB Construction LLC
Paulie's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Grand Rapids MI
Posts: 79

12' drywall ceilings (2x4s?)

I completely agree with the idea of drywalling the bottom cord of the scissor truss. People love it when their space is opened up and I agree it's a great effect. If you have 'em by all means use 'em. Leave the 2 x 4's at the lumber yard.

Paulie is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Problem Patching Large Drywall Hole FuLLTiLT Drywall & Plaster 5 11-21-2009 09:42 PM
Old ceiling replacement idsp General DIY Discussions 12 07-25-2009 10:48 AM
Drywall Ceilings denetar7 Drywall & Plaster 7 04-20-2009 10:57 PM
Good ways to run pegboard up to drywall? upthemaiden Drywall & Plaster 1 03-09-2009 01:12 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.