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finished basement ceiling

Posted by johnuch (My Page) on
Fri, Dec 15, 06 at 9:28


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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RE: finished basement ceiling

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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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.


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


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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


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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 ..


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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.


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