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Old 03-16-2013, 03:00 PM   #1
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How far down does a suspended ceiling hang from the ceiling joist?
What is the minimum? We are limited on height in our basement.

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whatever is required to clear any utitlities that hang below the joists.. keep it as close to the joists as possilbe while keeping it running level

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Kirk is spot on, follow his advice.
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whatever is required to clear any utitlities that hang below the joists..

keep it as close to the joists as possilbe while keeping it running level
that part it true.

if there is just joists = isn't there supposed to be a space. in order to install the tiles ? i believe so.
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Run it as tight as you want as mentioned. Just make sure its level and you have accounted for all the bulks that you might need. You don't want to get all the way across and need to bump it down.
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The distance from from the bottom of the joists (also, utilities) -
to the surface of the ceiling should be 4 inches.
Otherwise - you can run into problems, with getting your ceiling panels in.

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There should be a space between the bottom of the joists and the ceiling panels.

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Hi all- I'm about ready to sheetrock three rooms in my big basement project, and shortly after that, it'll be on to hanging the drop ceiling.

One of the rooms has an area (due to major bathroom PVC drain pipes above) that will have to be hung at least 5 inches level below the joists - if not closer to *7* inches down. But I'd really like to keep the 2/3 of the room's ceiling that *isn't limited by this pipe area, higher -- like 2 or 3 inches off the joists.

Is there a way to 'terrace' or set two levels of ceiling, and then join them with a vertical suspended ceiling tile cut, so that the whole room doesn't have to hang so low? I think I've seen this done before, but can a 1st time DIY'er like me do it?

I'll be using standard Armstrong hardware from Lowe's. Thanks,
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