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Rafters for drop ceiling

Posted by smokein_joe02 (My Page) on
Sun, Nov 29, 09 at 12:46

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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RE: Rafters for drop ceiling

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.

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