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freakofsnow

06:22AM | 12/29/02
Member Since: 12/15/02
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i am interested in drywalling the ceiling in my basement. there is currently a drop ceiling in there. i am wondering how you can tell if the floor joists are level enough to put the dry wall up? i know you can eyeball it, but is there anything else i need to do?

thanks

mr_me

08:06AM | 12/29/02
Member Since: 12/23/02
32 lifetime posts
I would recomend leaving the drop ceiling in place and forget about dry walling the ceiling...once you dry wall the ceiling in the basement you could be asking for problems..What if a water pipe begins to leak?or you want to do some electrical wiring in the future?? with a drop ceiling you can fix a pipe easily by just popping out a pannel in the ceiling..The drop ceiling leaves you with more options...hope this was some help for you..

freakofsnow

01:06PM | 01/04/03
Member Since: 12/15/02
10 lifetime posts
thanks for the reply. but what i would like to know is what makes the ceiling different than a wall with pipes of electrical in it?

mr_me

06:31PM | 01/04/03
Member Since: 12/23/02
32 lifetime posts
what makes it difficult, is that most water pipes run through the basement and up to the upstairs along the basement ceiling..all your water that goes to your kitchen , bathroom, to an outside wall faucet all more than likely run through your basement ceiling... im just saying this to save you time and money in the future..not to mention frustration as well...
Lets say you wanted to run new wiring to your living room for a new outlet, if your basement ceiling was dry walled you would have to cut holes and fish the line to where you wanted it..however with a drop ceiling, just pop out a few pannels and its that much easier to do the job...good luck whatever you decide, but im speaking from experience...

soupmann

11:04AM | 01/11/03
Member Since: 11/14/02
2 lifetime posts
Has anyone considered placing decorative access panels at stategic points around a dry walled ceiling.

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.

jbfan

05:16AM | 01/12/03
Member Since: 01/07/03
5 lifetime posts
If you decide to put drywall in your basement ceiling, remember that any electrical junction boxes have to remail accessible as will any water valves and gas valves!

Keith Martin

07:06AM | 01/17/03
Member Since: 01/15/03
20 lifetime posts
I assume that you are looking to gain a few inches of headspace in your basement.
Drywall is a good approach. If a pipe leaks, you cut a section of drywall,make the repair. then repair the drywall. No big deal.

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.

Good Luck

Keith

mr_me

01:09PM | 01/20/03
Member Since: 12/23/02
32 lifetime posts
You say no big deal, just cut out the drywall and replace with a new piece if a pipe were to leak...well actually it's kind of a pain in the ass..first you have to cut out a piece of drywall,then you have to repair the hole,tape the seam you now made,put the drywall compound on, let it dry and sand it ..then finally your gonna have to prime and re paint that section...All this work could have been avoided if a drop ceiling were in place,just pop out the pannel ,fix the pipe and voila , problem fixed!!!

TchrMommy

02:49PM | 01/20/03
Member Since: 01/04/04
84 lifetime posts
I agree that drop ceilings don't look very good. I just ripped mine down and hung drywall. I added 3 inches of headroom, but the best part is that it already looks much better. I didn't have a problem with level joists. My home was built in the 70's and all the sheets went up without a problem. Good luck!

Keith Martin

07:43AM | 01/21/03
Member Since: 01/15/03
20 lifetime posts
Mr Me,

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,

Keith

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