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diyhelpneeded 12-08-2012 11:25 AM

Framing Basement Ceiling Down
I have probably read a hundred posts on this topic but haven't found something specifically related to what I need to do. If there is one, please point me to it.

Basically, I have two rooms, a bathroom (12X12) and a closet (7X7). Both areas require the ceiling to be completely framed down 12 inches for drywall. What should this framing look like?

I am aware of the other options but have determined that framing down the ceiling and drywall is what I would like to do.

Thank You,

joecaption 12-08-2012 02:05 PM

It would exactly like how you would frame up a deck.
Or the decking on top of a foundation.

Mark Harvey 12-08-2012 02:43 PM

As Joe said. Or copy what you see above where you need to build. It should be the same. Extend the lower ceiling by using 2x4s as hangers of consider a dropped ceiling.

joecaption 12-08-2012 02:57 PM

A droped ceiling would be a far better way to go and would still allow access to run wires or make plumbing repairs or changes.
It does not have to be the ugly style you see in the box stores. There's dozens of differant types, some even look like raised wooden panels.

diyhelpneeded 12-10-2012 11:24 PM

Thanks guys.

So if I have one wall left to be framed in this room and I want to frame it down like decking as suggested, can I frame it down by tying into the concrete wall and then framing the last wall up to it.

This wall is a challenge because there is not a joist here as it is the front of the house and only concrete is above. If I can't do it this way, how should I build that wall so there is something to nail to since there is no way to install blocking? I have this same challenge on two different walls and am not sure what the right way to go about framing it is.

oh'mike 12-11-2012 04:11 AM

When framing a wall along a foundation where over head nailing is not possible---
I suggest you gun L-shaped nailers to the concrete wall and attach the wall to those---

Use 2--2x4 scraps about 16" long----nail them together ,side by side to form an L---

With the wall standing and gunned down to the floor--level the wall,left to right---slide the nailing block along a stud,near the top of the wall---gun to the foundation--then level the wall and nail it to the new nailer---

diyhelpneeded 12-11-2012 10:47 AM

Wouldn't this be the same as framing a soffit using a stud nailed to the concrete wall and than framing a wall under it. Does this differ from framing the ceiling down using a stud nailed to the concrete and than building the wall under that using that for nailers? In both of my scenarios matching this the rooms are 7X7 closet and 12X12 bathroom if that makes any difference.

Also, with the framed down ceiling are there any special firestopping requirements?

Gary in WA 12-11-2012 10:19 PM

"Also, with the framed down ceiling are there any special firestopping requirements? "----------- from a fellow mod; post 22, 51, etc.


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