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Old 01-10-2014, 03:46 AM   #1
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I need to build a soffit to hide a HVAC duct and other pipes. BUT all the pics I see show the 2X lumber running under the ductwork. I want to avoid this to save 1.5" of ceiling height. How can I frame the soffit so the drywall is kept very close to the bottom of duct? A pic or link would be great. Thanks.

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No pictures for you--but I often build the soffit sides out of 1/2" plywood and 2x2 nailers----when possible---I'll slip one or more in between the ducts/pipes to act as attachments for the drywall---if this can be done--no framing is needed below the ducts at all---so the drywall is right below the ducts---

You will need a really long screw bit extension to attach the plywood/2x2 between the ducts---
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Thanks guys. It's a HVAC rectangular duct that runs the whole length of the 18' room. It's about 20" wide and sticks down about 8". I'd like to build the soffit somehow where there is no framing under the duct, just the drywall like Mike said. I have yet to find any pics though on how to do it.
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I am dealing with the exact same situation in my basement so I am looking forward to hearing if or how it can be done.

Could the 2x4 or 2x2 extend down from the joist just enough to clear the duct and then screw the drywall directly to the end of the board?

My area consists of 2 ducts and a beam that need to be wrapped. They all hang down about 9 inches from the floor joist similiar to the OP. I would hate to lose much more headroom in that area.
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Could the 2x4 or 2x2 extend down from the joist just enough to clear the duct and then screw the drywall directly to the end of the board?
That's what I'd like to do. Have you found any pics of this method?

Is there a maximum width that the duct can be to use this method(unsupported drywall)?
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You should be able to span up to 24" if you use 5/8 drywall.
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When building 2 soffits perpendicular to each other, what determines which one is built first? Does ceiling joist direction have anything to do with it? Thanks.
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You will build which ever one is easiest first--that's human nature---it makes no real difference which is built first---
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Thanks. When boxing in basement HVAC ductwork, do I need to use moisture resistant drywall? I read that somewhere, but it seems odd.

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