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I am considering finishing my basement and was think that I could leave access points (covered by an easily removed panel) in spots along the boxed in I beam and some access points directly under the upstairs walls.
I'm still trying to come up with a design that looks good but access to ceiling for inspection, repair and ugrades is very important and drop ceilings look like crap.
As for checking for level, there are a number of methods. Level is not the real issue though, you want the joist to be in plane. The simplest way is to use string. Pull the string across the joists and check for major deviations. If there are sagging joists, you may have to furr the ceiling down in order to even it up.
You DO have to leave access to junction boxes and water valves. Trouble doors are easy to make and can be unobtrusive.
I understand your viewpoint, I just disagree.
Try to find a match for a 10 year old ceiling tile, If you do match the pattern will the color be the same?
Agreeing to disagree,