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xlr8tn 01-23-2008 06:32 AM

Soffit Running Thru Bathroom / Dropped Ceiling
I have a situation where water and gas lines as well as HVAC run thru my basement bathroom. I confirmed that my neighbors bathroom has a much lower ceiling than the other rooms to conceal the duct work. My question is, do I frame a soffit around this first to be able to attach my wall studs (they won't be able to go all the way up to the ceiling)? How do I extend the soffit all the way across the bathroom (probably another 4 feet)? Do I build one really wide soffit and then install bracing in the middle of the room to support the ceiling? The soffit area on the left is in an unfinished area but on the right side is in the middle of the bathroom.

xlr8tn 01-23-2008 06:33 AM other thing. I will be installing drywall and not the ceiling tiles.

ponch37300 01-23-2008 04:57 PM

If i understand you right, you need a wall under the heat vent so you can't go all the way to the floor joist for your top plate? And you will be lowering the whole ceiling in the bathroom to go under the pipes and duct? build the wall first and then tie your new ceiling into the wall by running the ceilingframing on top of the wall and it will brace the wall.

xlr8tn 01-23-2008 06:37 PM

Exactly. What I was thinking about doing was building the left side of the soffit. Then, instead of having 2X4's spanning just the ductwork, it would span the entire bathroom and tie into a wall that will go all the way up to the ceiling. I was then going to extend hangers (2x4's) from the ceiling joists down to these 2x4's to keep the bathroom ceiling from sagging.

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