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Installing a suspended ceiling


 

Most suspended ceiling systems include four components. The first are the L-shaped metal edge strips that are installed on the perimeter of the room. The second are the T-shaped metal main runners that rest on the edge strips and are aligned perpendicular to the joists. The third are the metal crosspiece that are hooked between the main runners. And the fourth are the acoustical ceiling panels that are supported by the metal structure. A variety of designs are available for both the framework and the panels.

 

Step 1. The best way to install the ceiling is on one level. To determine this height, find the highest point that will clear all the obstacles in the room. Then extend this mark around the entire room using a 4-ft. level. Work precisely so that the lines will meet when you get back to the starting point.

 

Step 2. Cut the L-shaped perimeter strips to length using tin snips. Then attach them to the wall by driving drywall screws through the strip and into the wall studs. If you have trouble driving the screws, bore pilot holes first.

 

Step 3. Lay out the position of the main runners on the edge strips. These should be located so that the ceiling panels are centered in the room and the perimeter panels are at least half panel wide. When satisfied with the layout, cut the runners to length, and place them on top of the edge strips.

 

 

 

 

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