Soffit Building Question
I have a question regarding building a large soffit to enclose an I-Beam, ductwork, gas line, water line, etc in a basement finishing project.
The soffit size is roughly 15' L x 7' W x 1.5' H. The floor joists above are engineered or I-Beam style.
My current plans are to build a frame with 2x4's then finish with drywall.
My questions are:
Hmmm....I would have thought this would have been jumped on by now. Everyone must be asleep.
1. Nails or screws if using lumber. I prefer screws when using steel.
2. Not my choice. I much prefer steel. Lighter and faster IMPHO.
3. Build perimeter walls first then build your sofits to meet them. Typically build a ladder type sofit wall on each side the connect the two with your material of choice. I use steel wall track, steel studs and then hat track to connect. Some like to use 1\2" plywood and actually build a box around them. Never tried that way.
Is that a union at the end of your gas line, may want to check with your local AHJ on enclosing that, need a permit anyway for insurance liability and electrical anyway. http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/ic..._24_sec022.htm
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