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Jj375 08-15-2011 09:56 AM

Can i stud new ceiling without demo of old plaster ceiling.
 
I have a drop ceiling in my bathroom that I would like to remove but I don't want to rip the old plaster ceiling apart if I don't have to. Can I just stud out a new ceiling under the old and insulate it ?

Ron6519 08-15-2011 10:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Jj375 (Post 707758)
I have a drop ceiling in my bathroom that I would like to remove but I don't want to rip the old plaster ceiling apart if I don't have to. Can I just stud out a new ceiling under the old and insulate it ?

Is this a second floor bath, with an attic above?
If so, why not insulate it from above.
If the plaster is structurally sound and you can't skim coat it, just install 1/4" sheetrock on top.
Supplying more details will help with suggestions.

Jj375 08-15-2011 11:40 AM

I'm trying to avoid the mess of removing the old plaster and blown in insulation above it. Right now I have a drop ceiling with wiring and duct work above it. None of this requires access. I just don't like the look of drop ceilings and would rather frame a new ceiling and sheet rock at the same height. The bathroom is small roughly 8•7.

bob22 08-15-2011 11:49 AM

how high is the plaster ceiling and what would the finished height be of the new ceiling? You can always frame a new ceiling in; question is will it be livable and/or meet building code for habitation and resale?

Jj375 08-15-2011 12:14 PM

Existing plaster ceiling is 9' drop ceiling is 8'. I wouldn't be any lower than the drop ceiling.

Jackofall1 08-15-2011 12:27 PM

I would just add the framing and new drywall but don't add insulation as there is undoubtedly a vapor barrier and insulation in the attic and you don't want to add insulation under the VB.

Mark

Jj375 08-15-2011 12:46 PM

There is no vapor barrier ,just plaster ,wood lath , the blown in cellulose insulation. Do I just attach ceiling to walls or do I need to tie into existing ceiling for support?

Jackofall1 08-15-2011 12:50 PM

That would depend on the span, but I don't imagine its very much as it is a bathroom.

I would nail or screw a stringer to the walls and then joists to the stringer, just make sure you are screwing into wall studs.

Mark

gregzoll 08-15-2011 12:54 PM

I left my rock-lathe up for my ceiling, but ripped all the walls down, when I redid my bath. Just went over where the seams were, with a couple of skim coats. Came out looking like a new ceiling. Now of course with our Kitchen dining and living room areas, we have come to the decision to lay 1/4" gypsum glued and screwed to hide the seams, because it would take too much work to fix, especially in the Kitchen area, where they did not put any sand paint on the ceiling to hide the imperfections.

Jj375 08-15-2011 12:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Jackofall1
That would depend on the span, but I don't imagine its very much as it is a bathroom.

I would nail or screw a stringer to the walls and then joists to the stringer, just make sure you are screwing into wall studs.

Mark

Span is no more than 7' what size stringer? 2•4 or 2•6? and would you use joist hangers or just nail to the stringer?

Jackofall1 08-15-2011 01:44 PM

2 x 4 framing is all it needs nails would be fine

Mark

Jj375 08-15-2011 01:45 PM

Thanks for your help

Jackofall1 08-15-2011 02:06 PM

You are so very welcome, you should post some before during and after pics, we all love to look at the projects accomplished.

Mark

Ron6519 08-15-2011 03:44 PM

I would screw a perimeter frame to the wall studs and attach the ceiling joists to the frame.


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