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Old 10-19-2012, 08:46 PM   #1
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Drywall drop ceiling?


I hope you guys know more than me, cause I know nothing.

I live in a 4 story, wood frame apartment complex. In my bathroom there is a drop ceiling (I believe, it is 6 inches lower than my other ceilings) where the bathroom fan and sprinkler head is located. The ceiling (as far as I know) is drywall, not individual tiles. Above the ceiling I imagine in there is just the exhaust ducting for my bathroom fan, and steel pipe for the sprinkler system, and open area. Is there any way to hang something off this drop ceiling safely? I'm looking to hang roughly 20lbs from the ceiling, but is there a way? Should I go through storage to find a stud finder in the hopes there is a 2x4 up there? Or is it just a flimsy piece of drywall to keep up appearances, and has no strength?

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Not a great plan. What is it your trying to hang that could not be hung on the walls?

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That drywall is ,most likely, hung from thin steel supports---not a good thing to get a safe attachment to.
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He doesn't say how big the room is but if it has any size to it at all a sheet of 1/2" drywall would need some support or it would bow pretty bad. If you mean the flimsy supports like for a suspended ceiling I don't think they would support drywall. I would try a stud finder and if it shows 1 1/2" inches from side to side it's probably studs.
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Often those ceilings are hung from a steel channel and not a stud---chancy install---
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my 1996 built condo baths had a lowered ceiling in them. they were framed out with wood and 16"os. as per normal construction. they used 2x4's as there was little weight to hold up.

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