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Old 04-08-2013, 11:08 AM   #1
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I am in the process of finishing my basement and am down to the bathroom ceiling prior to drywall. Due to dust work and i-beam the ceiling in this area is low. I need some sugested methods to frame this without loosing to much height.

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Can you screw drywall directly to the floor joists or is electric/plumbing/etc in the way? Please post some pictures.

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Can you screw drywall directly to the floor joists or is electric/plumbing/etc in the way? Please post some pictures.
HVAC and supply plumbing is in the way.

I was thinking something like this. Since I can get the span I need.

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Would 2x4's give you enough clearance? If so I'd just frame it around the hvac and lay the 2x4's on the flat across the joists.
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Would 2x4's give you enough clearance? If so I'd just frame it around the hvac and lay the 2x4's on the flat across the joists.
I will take pictures tonight. The entire ceiling in the bathroom will be the same height. What kind of span can a flat 2X4 be used on?
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if the 2x4's are attached to each joist you will have no issues
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if the 2x4's are attached to each joist you will have no issues
The joist are covered with HVAC duct work.
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The joist are covered with HVAC duct work.
A flat 2x4 will span maybe 4'
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Here is the picture of the ceiling. I need to span 5 feet for the width of the bathroom.



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I think I would space the flat 2x4's on 12" centers and make sure they are crowned upwards. Probably not up to snuff engineering wise, but if not, I bet it is real close and should work ok.
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the hat track in first picture will work if 3/4" is satidfactory?

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the hat track in first picture will work if 3/4" is satidfactory?

good luck
That is why I thought that would be the best since it is the lowest profile I have found.
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Can hat channel span 5'?
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Can hat channel span 5'?

According to the catalog yes depending on spacing, load and allowable deflection.
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Hat track will be fine. I would run another piece, screwed on top of them, perpendicular, and tied into the ceiling joists above. You can use short pieces of track or, if you dont have room, I've used drop ceiling wire. This approach will hold up the center of your ceiling and prevent it from bowing downward.

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