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Old 02-16-2014, 02:32 PM   #1
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How to hang things from a cellulose tiled ceiling


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I'm buying a 1955 home that has cellulose ceiling tiles (about 10"X20") on the ceilings.

I'm looking to install some ceiling lights, a couple of fans and some radiant panels to the ceiling, but I'm not sure how to mount them considering how fragile the external tiles are.

What method do you recommend? Here is a picture of a similar ceiling.

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There not hung from the tiles, there hung from the fan rated box in the attic behind the tiles in the attic.
Lots of times these tile where attached to 1 X strapping attached to the joist.
Just going to have to go up there and look.
May times I've gone over those 70's looking tiles with new sheetrock and brought it into the 21 century.
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Joe nailed it---those are old and fragile---check up in the attic and see if they are just hiding a plaster ceiling----you may be happier removing them--adding your new electrical and repairing the plaster--

Just a thought---
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No, there is some kind of lath, but no plaster or wallboard above the tiles.

The house was originally flat-roofed, so there is no attic access to determine structure from above.
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There not hung from the tiles, there hung from the fan rated box in the attic behind the tiles in the attic.
Lots of times these tile where attached to 1 X strapping attached to the joist.
Just going to have to go up there and look.
May times I've gone over those 70's looking tiles with new sheetrock and brought it into the 21 century.

When you hung the new sheetrock how did you secure it?
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I'm buying a 1955 home that has cellulose ceiling tiles...
Are you going to replace them one room at a time or all at once?
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If I was going to go over it with drywall it would be easier to mark where you want the fixture and just punch a hole where you want to add the fixture add a fan rated box then just break what's need along the path where the wires for supply and switch need to go.
Nothing to gain by removing it all unless you want to add insulation.
Wear a dust mask.
With a drywall lift it goes pretty fast.
There should be strapping to attach it to every 12".
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Nothing to gain by removing it all unless you want to add insulation.
Or learn what they may be hiding.
And of course just being 60 years old and fragile.
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Talking about me or the tiles.
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The strapping that they're fixed to may not be strong enough to support drywall, so you're best to remove the tiles to check. Many houses built here during the 70's have ceilings made from those tiles, or large sheets of the same material as those tiles. A friend had one of the sheet ceilings fail a few days after his attic was insulated. He noticed it soon after it started to come down, and managed to prevent it collapsing completely by propping with a piece of wood and a 5 foot Viking spear that he happened to have in the room. Then he called his landlord to get it fixed--the weight of insulation was simply too much for the softboard panels.
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