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Types of dropped ceilings?

Posted by mamacol (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 27, 06 at 9:57

We are finishing our basement and have lots of plumbing and HVAC runs that are soffited. Most of those dampers and plumbing clean-outs are within the soffits. What is the best way to ensure access to them after the rooms are finished? Do people ever run ceiling tiles along soffits - both the bottoms and/or the faces of them? If I drywall, I will need several "access panels" of some sort. Any ideas? Thanks.

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RE: Types of dropped ceilings?

Put in a drop ceiling for sure I just finished mine looks great and is very functional for access. and are the two major manufacturers

RE: Types of dropped ceilings?

Take a look at Armstrong's Ceiling Max (at HD, among others) if you need every inch in height. Sort of like a drop ceiling, but you attach it to the bottom of the joists to save inches. Home Depot has a display, sort of. BTW, it's easier to install if you finish the walls first.

RE: Types of dropped ceilings?

I would definitely use drop ceiling because if you ever need to access anything it is much easier to access then cutting a hole in drywall. There are all types of drop ceilings--wood, tin, fake wood that looks real, gypsum, etc. The company we are ordering from is They seem to have good prices and a good selection and the sales rep I talked to was very helpful. I was pretty excited to see that there was more than just plain white tiles!

Here is a link that might be useful: ISC Supply

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