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Hiding a suspended ceiling grid

Posted by bluewillowgarden (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 12, 09 at 9:50

I've been living with the horrors of these ceiling for 31 years. Finally broke down and removed one and replaced it with drywall. I will NOT be doing that again. My next idea is to use 4X8 beadboard panelling and attaching it with screws to the metal grid. The room is 16X16. Does anyone know if this will be too heavy? Should the ceiling tiles be removed first? I can cope with the seams and screwheads. I've coped with this ugly crap for way to long to keep doing it. Any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated. I don't like the look of the "tin" panels. I want what at least appears to be a real ceiling in my house before I'm too old to see it!

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RE: Hiding a suspended ceiling grid

Why don't you want to do the drywall again? You can rent the lift for a day to make it easier. Some people tack on the furring strips and the drywall over that instead of pulling down all the plaster.

Your alternative solution sounds like at least as much hassel with not as good results - 4 x8 panelling generally looks kinda cheap.

Or, if the damage isn't too bad you can just repair the cracks and use drywall patches to fill in the holes.

RE: Hiding a suspended ceiling grid

We want to do something besides drywall for a number of reasons. We live hours from the nearest place to rent a lift or any other equipment for this type of remodel. Costs to have it done are quite high because of the rural, remote area where we live. The nearest contracting for this type of job is just as far away and the travel costs are tremendous. (We had a maytag washer from a major home improvement chain under warranty with a service contract that needed service..they chose to REPLACE a 2 month old washing machine and let us keep the old one because they had no one close enough for it to be cost effective! Of course we had to pick it up ourselves too) Also, my husband has lung problems and the dust from it causes him a lot of trouble, even with hanging plastic, masks, and sealing the area off as much as possible. The dust that comes from these suspended ceilings isn't helping either and we really wanted something that would more or less seal the ceilings. Thanks for your suggestions but they just aren't an option for us.

RE: Hiding a suspended ceiling grid

what about a membrane ceiling like this? No weight on the existing grid....

Here is a link that might be useful: a vendor

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