06:28AM | 04/28/03
Member Since: 04/27/03
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Our house was built in 1956 and somewhere down the line the owners made the basement into a '70's retreat; 12x12 sparkly ceiling tiles and dark wood paneling. I despise the ceiling tiles and the paneling. Can I remove the tiles and put up a regular ceiling? I would like recessed lighting. What do I use for a ceiling and how do I put it up? Do I have to worry about asbestos? Talk about being confused.

Jim Fosness

08:08PM | 05/19/03
Member Since: 05/12/03
6 lifetime posts
In my opinion, you can take these tiles down and put up a different ceiling. Your best bet would be drywall. Putting up drywall is easy(labor intense, but not hard to figure out), but taping and mudding the joints is something an experienced person should walk you through. Recessed lighting is also fairly easy to accomplish and would be a perfect time for you to do this.

As far as the asbestos, I am not sure. I would suppose it is possible. Your best bet is to call someone in from your city to inspect it before you start. Just remember, the tile that is on your ceiling is very messy to tear off. Please remember to wear safety glasses, masks and gloves when dealing with this stuff.

I don't know if this is any help, but at least someone gave it a shot!!!


02:51AM | 05/31/03
Member Since: 03/01/03
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iF i WERE YOU i WOULD PUT UP A BETTER LOOKING SUSPENDED CEILING. iF YOU EVER WANT TO RUN SOMETHING OR HAVE A PROBLEM WITH A WATER LINE- YOU WON'T HAVE O RIP THE CEILING DOWN! I bought a house with a drywall ceiling in the basement. I'm ripping it down next year to install radiant heat.


03:19AM | 06/14/03
I think the last thing I would do is call some "official" to check for asbestos. If it is found positive, you are open to permit and disposal fees like you've never seen. You can get asbestos test kits from the internet and check it yourself. If it test positive, they can walk you through removal and disposal processes. Sometimes the less people know the better.

I would also advise a drop cieling. They make a varitey of tile styles. And as mentioned above, if you ever wanted to add anything, or repair a problem, you just move them out of the way. Just my $.02.


07:26AM | 06/20/03
Member Since: 01/13/03
26 lifetime posts
if you want an architects opinion....i wouldnt do a drop ceiling. drywall ceilings are the way to go to avoid the "finished basement" feel. You can always provide access to areas above the ceiling especially if you build storage/utility closets in the basement and leave the ceiling in those areas exposed. if you're also going that far, finish the walls in drywall too.


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