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Old 07-28-2008, 10:54 PM   #1
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Framing a wall with ceiling tiles


I am framing a partition wall that already has ceiling tiles. I am planning to build it and not supporting the top plate. Can it be secured without disturbing the tiles? Would this be similar to building a half wall that has no upper support?

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Old 07-29-2008, 09:02 AM   #2
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what type of ceiling tile are we taking about? droped? stapled? glued?. Yes the wall must be supported. you could grab the furring strips with some deck screws to support the top plate if its a furred down tile. or you could install some blocks between the ceiling beams and screw into them. if you have acess to the ceiling above.

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It is a dropped ceiling. Would the wall tip over if not supported?
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Frame the wall out of metal studs. Fasten the top track to the ceiling grid with 3/8" panhead screws. (Home Depot or Lowes in the nail/screw aisle near the drywall screws.) Of course the wall will tip over if it isn't fastened. If someone were to push it or bump into it, the grid ceiling will push up allowing the wall to lean or fall. The ceiling is "suspended" by wires that can flex.
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