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Old 06-11-2007, 02:06 PM   #1
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Drywall vs. drop ceiling for basement


I was wondering if anyone has any opinions or pros/cons of using drywall vs. drop ceiling for finishing a basement ceiling?

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Old 06-11-2007, 02:16 PM   #2
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drywall:

cheaper (if DIY)
look nicer

drop ceiling:

more expensive
less labour
flessibility in the future when need to fix/add stuff...

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Drop ceilings are great in a basement if you need to get to stuff. I don't like them though. I think they are a pain to install. If you finish your basement right you should not need to get to stuff anyway. Sheetrock is cheaper and easier and cleaner looking ( in my opinion).
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We recommend drywall ceilings in basements as long as there are no serious accessability issues.

The reason being is ....simply, they look nicer.

A dropped ceiling in a basement, no matter how nice it looks, will still always remind you that...........you are still in a basement.
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Thanks for all the info! Being on a budget I was leaning towards drywall, but had concerns regarding accessibility as you have said.

Knowing that my house is only 2 years old, and they were thoughtful enough to run all the water lines, gas line, and drain lines parallel and very close to the main trunk line of the HVAC, I think drywall is the way to go. I will be building a soffit around the HVAC duct anyway and I will simply make it big enough to enclose the other mechanicals. Would it be feasible to maybe incorporate a "hatch" into the soffiting that could be removed if access to anything would be needed?

Two final questions, do I drywall the ceiling first or the walls? How much of a pain is it to drywall the ceiling by yourself?

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In either case make sure you insulate the water lines, especially the cold. You don't want condensate dripping on the other side of the ceiling.
If you have any junction boxes, you can't bury them.
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Keep in mind that if you have any electrical junction boxes in the ceiling, they can't be buried under drywall. You would need a hatch anywhere there's a j-box.
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drywall ceiling first, always, if you have a lift, drywall ceiling is not difficult, and make sure you enclose everything rather than building all sort of soffets... mudding is so painful for soffet....
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Keep in mind that if you have any electrical junction boxes in the ceiling, they can't be buried under drywall. You would need a hatch anywhere there's a j-box.
Don't forget plumbing shutoffs
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All the oh do this and that if you drywall,all the more reason to do a dropped ceiling,if you have the budget,there are beautiful drop ceilings available.Sure its nice to have a drywall ceiling too but i think its not practical for basements.Updating and changing things in the house over the years makes it a better choice in my book and they are very easy to install,an easy one day project.I just ran all new cable wire thru out my house last year,ran a bunch of audio and video cables for my new plasma's to equipment closets,made me appreciate the drop ceilings even more.
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I always find it interesting when people think a drop ceiling is a good idea for basements. How many million 2 stories are out there and have you ever seen a drop ceiling in one. When I finish a basement I try as hard as I can to duplicate everything that is upstairs. Use the same trim,toilet,faucet,doors,wall and ceiling texture ect...
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Don't forget plumbing shutoffs
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Once painted, they disappear from view (Great for shut-offs and electrical access points)...buy 10 now and receive a free oven mitt....Operators standing by.....
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Thanks for the pics Atlantic. If I install these every so often in the soffits and in the wall where the sewer clean out is I think I will be good to go.

The plumbers put all the shutoffs for water by near the water heater which will be enclosed in a utility closet and will not have a ceiling.

Also, I was going to run all my wiring for the ceiling lights inside the soffit as well, so if I need to tap into any wires in the ceiling I should have access through the removable panels. I was going to go ahead and install some boxes in the ceiling ahead of time for any additional lighting, etc in the future. These can be conceiled with those cover plates until I need them.

thanks again for all the advice!! If there is anything that I seem to be overlooking please let me know. You guys and gals in here are great!
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$10.00 paintable panels:







Once painted, they disappear from view (Great for shut-offs and electrical access points)...buy 10 now and receive a free oven mitt....Operators standing by.....
I got a case of those for something like $10 on ebay. They are $10-$16 EACH at Lowes depending on size.
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Brik... you just like me ... hunt for deals in Ebay... I got those metal access doors like 20 of them 8"x8" and 12"x12" for somthing like 40 bucks.... but then I have so much left couldn't use anymore... they are selling for like $30 a piece in HD... they are too heavy to resell as shipping will kill anyone who interested... yours seems a better deal after all...

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