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Old 11-02-2009, 11:25 AM   #1
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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?
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aggst1....An answer requires a photo of the offending 2x4's.








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Probably the ends of the framing for the newel post, brought through the floor to give stability and strength.
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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
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Just to clarify, the posts do not appear to extend through the subfloor of the upstairs.
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aggst1...I have no idea.
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Anyone have an idea?

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