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Old 12-30-2012, 07:30 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, I need help on my basement. I will be putting in a drop ceiling from the joists above, the floor to the joist is exactly 7 feet. I hear that is minimum for code purposes. Now if I use the 3 inches from the ceiling joist to the tiles to separate it, that will drop the height to 6 feet 9 inches. I don't want to do Sheetrock because of piping and really don't want to put the tiles directly to the joists.

My question is, can I do this and any chance not catch any ball busting from the inspector ?

Thanks for your help in advance,

John

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Only way would be if you have to have it inspected. I cannot see putting in a drop ceiling with the flexible fiberglass panels, to make it more comfortable upstairs as something they are going to complain about. It is when you go to sell the place, or are planning on finishing and pull permits, then it would be in their radar. Also depends on your area that you live in.

My city could care less about something like a drop ceiling, let alone the home owner finishing their place. Especially since my basement is like yours, I probably would do the drop ceiling to help quite the noise down there, and same as stated before, help keep the upstairs floor warm.

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Hey everyone, I need help on my basement. I will be putting in a drop ceiling from the joists above, the floor to the joist is exactly 7 feet. I hear that is minimum for code purposes. Now if I use the 3 inches from the ceiling joist to the tiles to separate it, that will drop the height to 6 feet 9 inches. I don't want to do Sheetrock because of piping and really don't want to put the tiles directly to the joists.

My question is, can I do this and any chance not catch any ball busting from the inspector ?

Thanks for your help in advance,

John
Very simple.....call your inspector and ask.
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I hope there's no doors going in.
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Basic minimum headroom height is 6"8": doors, stair ceiling, etc. This is minimum safety height. So I think your ceiling will pass the inspection. I would suggest more lights to make the low ceiling room brighter. I put 4' fluorescent fixture horizontally against the top of the wall, making my own slim box for it. You can put more lights between the joist bays and put more drop ceiling lens.
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