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Old 08-19-2013, 10:22 PM   #1
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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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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