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Jim McC 08-19-2013 09:22 PM

Drywalling basement ceiling AFTER walls ?
My daughter just bought a townhouse, and the lower level room(18' X 17.5') has drywall walls and carpeted floor. They must have planned for a drop ceiling, but never did it. She wants to finish ceiling cheaply, so I thought about drywall. But is it a bad idea to drywall the ceiling after the walls are already done? There are also ducts and pipes to hide. Thanks.

Windows on Wash 08-20-2013 06:47 AM

Not a big deal. The benefit to have the ceiling up first is it makes for a tighter joint at the corners and the walls support the edges.

Put some more screws in the edges and it can be done just as well.

Willie T 08-21-2013 08:34 AM

In an air conditioned basement you may be able to get away doing the ceiling after the walls, though it is still never a good idea.

The ceiling is never to be fastened around the edges. It is to rest upon the wall sheets, and be free to move a little to negate structure settlement and yearly climatic effects on the wood structure... thereby not causing the taped joints to crack.

cube17576 08-23-2013 02:01 PM

You will also need to watch for electrical junction boxes that must remain accessible, or any other plumbing or mechanical things that you need access to.

oh'mike 08-23-2013 06:10 PM

If you are hiring out the drywall work, you will find the cost to be about the same as a drop ceiling---perhaps even a bit more---

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