Rafters for drop ceiling

smokein_joe02November 29, 2009

I want to put up a direct mount drop ceiling in my basement. The prob is that their is so plumbing pipes that are lower than the rafters. I was wondering if you can notch out the rafters or if there is another way to get the pipes flush with the rafters. Help please.

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DO NOT notch the rafters. This will seriously weaken your home structurally making the floor above unsafe!

Your best solution is to lay 2 x 4's on their flat side and attach them below the existing structure. Adding 1.5" will most likely provide sufficient space to clear the plumbing and electrical but measure first.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2009 at 4:37PM
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