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Old 10-26-2009, 09:10 PM   #1
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I am going to be installing a sheetrocked basement ceiling. I can't apply furring strips to the floor joists because of obstructions, such as HVAC ducts, etc. If I drop the ceiling to 8' I can avoid the obstructions. I plan to do this by running a nailer around the room, then using joist hangers and 2 X 4s. I know that I will have to add supports between the 2 X 4s and the joists so that the ceiling won't sag. Do I also need to add bracing between the 2 X 4s? If so, at what spacing?

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I am going to be installing a sheetrocked basement ceiling. I can't apply furring strips to the floor joists because of obstructions, such as HVAC ducts, etc. If I drop the ceiling to 8' I can avoid the obstructions. I plan to do this by running a nailer around the room, then using joist hangers and 2 X 4s. I know that I will have to add supports between the 2 X 4s and the joists so that the ceiling won't sag. Do I also need to add bracing between the 2 X 4s? If so, at what spacing?
You are using the 2x4's as ceiling joists so 16" on center would be the spacing I would use.
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As Ron said " 2x4's as ceiling joists so 16" on center"---- with 7'6" maximum span.
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i like using metal instead of wood for bulkheads and ceilings. it doesn't shrink or warp like wood- stays straight.
you could also use hat channel and metal stud system. they also make a grid you can hang drywall on - goes together like an acoustic ceiling- commercial drywall/metal stud supplier should carry it.

heres some ideas
http://www.armstrong.com/commceiling...ticle8536.html
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