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Old 03-24-2014, 05:45 PM   #1
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Installing drop ceiling in front of windows


Im currently remodeling my home and I will be installing a drop ceiling in the lower level.. Well Im looking for any help or info as far as how to install it in front of the windows.. I know you build out a "frame" type of thing but I cant find anything legitimate to use as a source... Any help would be grateful
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You really need to check with your local AHJ, regarding this project.



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Old 03-24-2014, 06:38 PM   #3
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And that stands for???
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:49 PM   #4
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And that stands for???
It means to go to your County permit office and find out what their rules are regarding what you are wanting to do. I take it that this is a basement area.



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Its a bilevel home so I don't call it a basement because its not entirely below grade.. its a lower level... But thanks anyways
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Don't feel bad, I never heard of an AHJ either! But if it has to do with permitting in our township, I have several other acronyms that I use for them!
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I had to google it to see what the hell he was talking about lol
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I'm guessing he mentioned contacting your county offices because any time you could possibly be blocking a window, especially below grade, you have to make sure and leave enough room for a firefighter to enter or people to exit in case of fire.

I remember when I was a kid, my parents put a room in the basement for me and all it had was those little 12" high by about 30" wide windows, and the grade almost came up to the window, and no window well, so I'd be lucky to have about 10" to get out in case of fire. I always told my mom not to worry because if there was a fire licking at my butt, you would be surprised how small of a hole I could get out of!
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Yeah honestly, Im not worried about all that... Not looking to get all involved like that.. Im just looking for advice or a link as to how it should be done.. I have an idea but would like a visual type of thing for help...
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Every situation is different and some of it is personal taste. Most of the time I add a header above window opening. Drop it down to where drop ceiling will be. Drywall it front and bottom and add corner beard all around. It is the cleanest look but you do loose some of the window and light. I only drop the ceiling like 3 inches. Some people bump the ceiling in a foot or so but it looks so busy. But if your window is that small or your dropping ceiling more than a couple inches you dont have a choice.
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