finished basement ceiling

johnuchDecember 15, 2006

DOES ANYONE OUT THERE KNOW WHAT TO DO AS FAR AS BRIDGING.

I AM WORKING ON A FINISHED BASEMENT AND WILL BE PUTTING IN 1/2 SHEETROCK FOR CEILING. I HAVE HOWEVER WOODEN I-BEAMS, SPACED ABOUT 22 TO 24 AVERAGE. I THINK SPACING IS TOO FAR FOR SUPPORT FOR SHEETROCK. WHAT SIZE THICKNESS FOR BRIDGING FOR THIS SITUATION CAN I GET AWAY WITH ......

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fnmroberts

On ours, the builder hung electrical conduit and water pipes below the beams. To bridge everything, I placed 2 x 4's on their sides and on 16" centers. This gave me support for the can lights and the drywall.

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    Bookmark   December 15, 2006 at 11:26AM
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jtwtech

I had the same situation. I have engineered celing joists that are 24" on center, and I was told to use 5/8" sheetrock to avoid sagging. I ended up going with ceiling tiles instead.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2006 at 2:56PM
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johnuch

was hoping that I can use something like 3/4 to maybe 1". maybe the right term is strapping.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2006 at 7:05PM
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thisoldhouse

Don't use 1/2" it WILL sag and code is 5/8"! Go spend the extra few bucks to do the 5/8" and it will be money well spent!

James

    Bookmark   December 16, 2006 at 9:13PM
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johnuch

I guess I agree with everyone's suggestion of 5/8 sheet rock.....unfortunately I already bought 1/2 and am installing 2x between the 2 I beam joists for support. I cant take it back, for I cut it in the store to bring home. Now im nervous about ..

    Bookmark   December 17, 2006 at 10:14AM
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jdew1920

If you want to stick to 1/2" then you could attach rows of 2x4's (install on their side so they only cost you 1 1/2" of space) perpindicular to your joists 16" OC. Like the other poster said then this would give you space should you ever need to run wiring or plumbing.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2006 at 11:16PM
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