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aggst1 11-02-2009 11:25 AM

Basement ceiling question
I am finishing an unfinished room in my basement putting up drywall and it is time to cover the ceiling. Since it is a basement I have decided to install drop ceiling. I have decided on the ceiling height, however I do have a question. Can someone tell me what the two 2x4's coming down from the ceiling are? They are attached to the joists with small metal strips. For the life of me I can't figure out what their purpose is. The only thing I can come up with is that they may have something to do with the fact that on the exact same spot upstairs is the landing area from the steps. Can anyone shed some light? Is it ok to cut 5" off of the bottom of these?
Here is a photo.

Thanks in advance


12penny 11-02-2009 11:40 AM

aggst1....An answer requires a photo of the offending 2x4's.

A correct answer requires you finish your profile. :whistling2:

Gary in WA 11-02-2009 11:40 AM

Probably the ends of the framing for the newel post, brought through the floor to give stability and strength.
Be safe, Gary

aggst1 11-02-2009 11:48 AM


Originally Posted by 12penny (Post 348371)
aggst1....An answer requires a photo of the offending 2x4's.

A correct answer requires you finish your profile. :whistling2:

My apologies for the delay. I have now posted a photo. I will be finishing my profile in a couple of minutes. Thanks for the quick responses

aggst1 11-02-2009 11:53 AM

Just to clarify, the posts do not appear to extend through the subfloor of the upstairs.

12penny 11-02-2009 11:56 AM

aggst1...I have no idea.

aggst1 11-02-2009 03:19 PM

Anyone have an idea?

Here is another photo from a different angle

Gary in WA 11-02-2009 05:31 PM

If they don't go through the floor, they are from the electrician holding up his wire spool for ease of pulling wire rotating on a pipe. Newer ones have a swivel and just hang from a joist.
Cut them off.
Be safe, Gary

Lazy_Jake 11-02-2009 06:39 PM

Yeah! Get rid of that stuff. Drop that ceiling!

Shawn Bellanca 05-07-2013 03:23 PM

You will be safe to cut 5" off of those 2x4's. Be sure to cut them as clean and smooth to avoid lots of shaking.

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