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Drop Ceilings, Soffits and outside corners

Posted by duckman2405 (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 10, 07 at 3:58

I've read several postings on drop ceilings and some confirm everything I already figured out but I have a question in need of some expertise or good suggestions. Obviously when doing a basement you will most likely have several areas that need a soffit since you want as much height as possible for the rest of the basement. However, I don't want to do all of them in drywall. I still want access to those areas as well. I have never seen anyone try to place ceiling tiles on the vertical face of the soffit, and even if I do the vertical in drywall, but use tiles for the horizontal underneath, what do you do with the exposed outside edges. The wall channel has nothing to mount to; its too small to cover the drywall thickness and the tile edge. I've seen comments on J-channel, but that only treats the drywall edge, there still the issue of how to mount the tile's outside edge onto a wall channel. I suppose I could drop the drywall lower and back glue it to the J-channel. Or put in a T and just lay the J on the outside lip of the T.

You'd think a manufacture like Armstrong or someone would come up with some type of J & T combined channel. Just need to widen one side of the T and give it an extra 90-degree bend up. Maybe I should paten that.

For the vertical maybe even use the J-channel with CeilingLink T's to hold the vertical panels on the inside as well as the outside.

So has anyone come up with a solution for their drop ceiling basement that is not all drywall for the soffit?

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RE: Drop Ceilings, Soffits and outside corners

I did. I used cieling tile and it looks great. I will have to post some pictures.

RE: Drop Ceilings, Soffits and outside corners

try finding a way to finish the outside edge of a drop ceiling which has one inch glass tiles on it's bottom surface,(technically the ceiling, lowered ceiling) but the outside vertical sides of the drop ceiling/soffit is sheetrocked?! I am trying to make the cleanest looking transition possible. Using Schluter's Kerdi is great to smooth the corner before tiling yet, I wonder when it comes to retouching the already painted drop ceiling walls if it will look as clean. Is there not a corner bead that can cleanly finish the "side edge" of the tiles where it meets the sheetrock?

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