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Old 06-02-2009, 02:54 PM   #1
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First let me introduce myself hello to everyone. my question is it seem like with this job market i won't be getting a job no time soon, right now im in the process of remodeling my basement i dam near blew out my whole budget by double im building a hang out spot for me and my friends in the basement since my mom is always talking mess, and i am doing alot of custom pieces for my basement. but i want to do a custom built drop ceiling and they style i want cost way to much for a college kid to be buying which is me i was wondering is it that hard of building a drop ceiling i will buy a grid kit from lowes and cut each piece into 2x2 squares i have time so that will not be an issue and i will wrap the wood in suede so it will be a all suede ceiling my moms owns a material shop so she will give me left over material, so you wont see the wood. please help im looking to get started this weekend thanks..

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Old 06-02-2009, 05:53 PM   #2
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Were you trying to get a job in Journalism? If so it's not the job market that is the problem.

Try using some punctuation in your post and it will be a lot easier to follow.

If you want cheap use cardboard cut to size, stretch the free fabric over it and around to the back and staple the edge on the back side. Using Mom's leftover remnants you can have a groovy multicolored ceiling. You ought to be able to get cardboard boxes free at a lot of shops. You might even not need the metal grid. Just staple the rectangles up to the bottom of the joists. It doesn't have to last that long. After all your going to graduate soon, be out of the house working for the man and this pad won't be used. Or are you planning on being one of those 40 year olds living in your Ma's basement?

Of course cardboard might be a firecode issue. I'm sure others will let us know if it is.

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Old 06-02-2009, 06:37 PM   #3
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i just started college i will be a freshmen this year, i have to come down about a foot because of the pipes...
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Old 06-02-2009, 06:40 PM   #4
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Slowboyy--- need to learn to turn on your spell check. I certainly wouldn't hire you. Get started with what, a drop ceiling? First, get a permit to turn the basement into living space. Then fire block, seal, frame and have the basement inspected for safety and egress (escape). Then insulate after other mechanicals (HVAC, plumbing, electrical, etc.). Then sheetrock and fire tape the ceiling and walls, and finally---build your drop ceiling. How far along is the finished basement? Be safe, G
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i guess getting a answer out of anybody here is impossible, I am talking about a custom drop ceiling not permits,taping,drywall etc simple question is, IT POSSIBLE TO BUILD A CUSTOM DROP CEILING weather its 20sq feet or a 1000 feet. i apologize if my commas and periods are more important than the actual question. with all the comments said everything but what i was asking. i am asking ANYBODY out there have a direct answer to what i am asking without being so worried about periods and commas....
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Yes, it's possible but unless done properly you could end up causing your mother's house to burn down. The insurance company may decline payment because of the way it's done. Turning a basement into an occupied area isn't as easy as some people think and does require permits and proper safety features such as meeting egress requirements. You seem to think it is a simple question but it is not.
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The ceiling above the drop should be fire taped or fire blocked. Most installers use a wood joist or a dropped wood member to hang or nail to the overhead floor joists. If using wood to drop a ceiling, it also needs to be blocked against fire travel in an enclosed chase every 10' lineal. That is so if you have a fire at one end of the house in the ceiling, it doesn't spread to the whole house in 6 minutes, but slowed or stopped by the blocking or other approved material by the National Building Code for our safety.

It is possible. Is the current ceiling sheet-rocked? Is it a finished living space? Are there bare joists on the ceiling, now?

Be safe, G
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i guess getting a answer out of anybody here is impossible, ...
Slowboyy you are definitely named right. What exactly is your problem. I took the time to explain one very economical way to do what you want. If it's not what you want to do fine - I don't read minds. But don't say I didn't give you an answer. Others wanted to point out very reall code issues so you would be aware of them. When you come on a forum asking for free advice you get what you get. Use what you can and shut up about the rest. Insulting those that are spending their time trying to help you will not get you more help. And don't worry, I won't spend time trying to help you anymore.
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oops i apologize thanks for all to helped me out, all i ask was it it possible to build custom drop ceiling, going into permits,etc is not what i ask but i guess this is what i tune into. i really understand what all you guys are saying thank you for your help i guess, especially you jogr. all what was ask was drop ceiling NOTHING else, drop ceiling is what is was asking but thanks guy/gals..
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No problem Slowboyy. It's all good. I understand that sometimes when you're looking for information on a forum it can go off on a tangent that doesn't necessarily give you what you want. Just keep in mind that it's all free advice and you can use what you want. And sometimes people tell you things that you don't want to hear but it can keep you out of trouble.
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iliketheideaofcoveringthetilesinsuedebecauseilikeu nusualceilings...

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