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I have an addition on the top back of my ranch home. There used to be 12x12 ceiling tiles installed. I have removed those and want to replace them. I am trying to figure out what I can do for a ceiling. I would like to drywall the ceiling but not sure if the structure can hold it.

It has 2x4s that look to be acting as rafter ties every 16inches and they are 7' long. the long thin peices of wood are left over from the old ceiling.

My question is.. would this hold a drywall ceiling?

if no.. does anyone have any lightweight nice ceiling ideas?

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Others may have better ideas, but I would remove the strapping, insulate it and install sheetrock over the joists directly. Removing the strapping removes some of the weight.
 
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I have an addition on the top back of my ranch home. There used to be 12x12 ceiling tiles installed. I have removed those and want to replace them. I am trying to figure out what I can do for a ceiling. I would like to drywall the ceiling but not sure if the structure can hold it.

It has 2x4s that look to be acting as rafter ties every 16inches and they are 7' long. the long thin peices of wood are left over from the old ceiling.

My question is.. would this hold a drywall ceiling?

if no.. does anyone have any lightweight nice ceiling ideas?

Thanks
They are fine for your 5/8" fire rated drywall.
 

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Leave strapping in place as it’s weight is a nothing. Add strapping on the right diagonal. Insulate between rafters. Hang lightweight drywall, avail at hd. From many miles away, it looks as if I would hang 8’ sheets running ACROSS the strapping leaving basically no butt joints in the main ceiling. Ron
 

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Thanks for replies.

Should I replace a few of the 2x4 with 2x6 or probably not needed?

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They are fine I would add to the sides another 3 1/2 inches for more insulation and venting.
 
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