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Old 11-14-2018, 12:45 AM   #16
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Re: Talk me in or out of removing basement drop ceiling


Leave the ceiling.

Don't look up, unless you are lying in bed peacefully sleeping because you didn't have to pull the ceiling....
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Agreed, it would be nice to have those flush at 80"+, but would be way too expensive to even consider. Moving would be more cost effective than that haha.

Bottom of ducts and metal I-beam covering are at 72". Guess people weren't taller than 6 ft back when it was designed in the 1950's.

Much depends on local building code. In my jurisdiction for finished basements the rule is
2100 mm (~82.7") over at least 75% of thebasement area except that under beams and ducts the clearance is permitted to be reduced to 1950 mm (~76.8").
I think it's more that back in the '50s basement living spaces weren't common; basements were simply storage and a place to stick the furnace.
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Old 11-17-2018, 06:28 PM   #18
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Just my opinion.


I would remove it.


But don't let the guy who installed it ever around again.
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Old 11-17-2018, 08:33 PM   #19
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I'm ripping mine out. half the basement is painted joists, other half is drop ceiling tight to the joists. guess which half has embarrassing electrical, plumbing and gas work in it?

fwiw, the painted joists seem to reflect plenty of light.

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Old 11-19-2018, 09:56 AM   #20
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Thanks for input everyone.

Think my gf and I have made a decision. Short-term we're going to leave it and remove panels as needed. Long-term - as in after we finish the bathroom - we are going to remove it, update the hidden electrical runs, then install drywall over most of the basement. The one section above the bar is the only real area that would need access given that all plumbing it run over there. This should allow drywall everywhere and then mix it with a drop ceiling over the bar to have best of both worlds.
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Replace the tiles with commercial plastic ones for restaurants. That is what I did. THEY ARE THE BEST THINGS EVER. They are thin pieces of plastic with some type of foamish core in them. They are maybe 1/8" thick? They don't drop stuff in your eyes, they don't break and they are completely washable and paintable. For the supports, you can use those Armstrong covers. They look nice but are expensive. They clip onto the support rails.
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Another vote here for removing the drop ceiling and painting the ceiling, joists, and utilities (A/C ducting, wiring, and plumbing). We're going to do that in our basement this winter and will be using a dark gray paint color to avoid having the basement look too commercial (i.e. black paint). Personally, I think a light colored ceiling structure looks cheap, but a dark color makes it a bit classier. I'll also have to "clean up" some of the diagonally routed wiring runs to to make it look more professional, and may change out some of the A/C ducting for a lower profile (higher head clearance), and may box in the primary large duct on one end of the basement.

We're also going to rip up the carpet and glue/stick hardwood and either go back with polished/stained concrete surface or new carpet... new carpet if there are too many cracks in the floor.
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