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jg1234

10:05AM | 03/07/05
Member Since: 12/01/03
30 lifetime posts
Bvbasement
Hi Folks,

I have a semi-finished basement with a small office.

I would like to put up something temporary for a ceiling that will provide some basic protection against the fiberglass insulation from falling and getting in folks lungs etc.. - hopefully something that is fierproof/fire resistant or at least makes sense.

I do not need this for the whole basment just enough for a 6 x 18 or so section from the bottom of the staris until you reach the office door.

Any thoughts on this ??? - I was thinking some kind of cloth.

jg1234

tomz71ss

12:52PM | 03/09/05
Member Since: 11/13/04
90 lifetime posts
get some heavy plastic [can buy it by the roll] and staple it to the joists for a temporary fix untill you finish it.

jg1234

03:59AM | 03/10/05
Member Since: 12/01/03
30 lifetime posts
tomz71ss,

Thanks. I had thought of that and I may go that way.

I just wasn't sure if there was something more fire resistant or if I even needed to worry about that !

jg1234

tomz71ss

01:03PM | 03/10/05
Member Since: 11/13/04
90 lifetime posts
i figured that would be the quickest/easiest way to keep the insulation dust from falling, yet would be very easy to remove when ready to finish the area.

MistressEll

01:37PM | 03/10/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
I wouldn't put plastic even as a temporary measure if you have a ceiling light fixture there at the base of the stairs. One wonders why there would be insulation above if your basement is below a conditioned space anyway, whether or NOT your basement is conditioned.

suggest you check out buildingscience dot com for your temperate zone and construction and possibly reconsider that basement ceiling insulation in the first place (unless your under a unconditoned space like a barn or garage or something.

Anyway, thinking you may have a rough service even exposed bulb or a light fixture at this stair landing and on the way to your "office" plastic wouldn't be a good idea. How do you eventually plan to finish this area? perhaps those snap together tiles that don't require that hung ceiling support system, then you can always add on later as you finish the space? Most of the HI stores carry them as well as building supply.

jg1234

07:25AM | 03/11/05
Member Since: 12/01/03
30 lifetime posts
MistressEll,

Thanks for the reply. My basement is unfinished , poured concrete walls, floating slab floor. There is insulation under the first floor beems etc..

I have a semifinished office in one corner of the basement which I want to finish completley. The basement has been water proofed by a professional and is in great shape. I do not plan to finish the rest of the basement anytime soon.

I like your idea of the snap togather tiles and will take a look at them. How do they attach to the rafters ? - is it okay to drive nails in to the rafters ??

jg1234


MistressEll

05:03AM | 03/15/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
well they too have a perimeter track and require a few support tracks, but unlike a drop ceiling system they don't have to be offset. they kind of tongue and grove together and if your ceiling joists have irregularity (first floor joists) you can fir/shim those areas. yep, ya just use the tacks/staples/nails that your particular chosen tile manufacuturer also supplies or recommends. To remove you end up doing just like you'd do in a similarly constructed non-glued pre-finished floor, you plunge cut one seam, (that tile and its adjoining one will have to be replaced) then slide and unsnap the remaining to get to your work area, then return/re-install them, leaving only that one or two required to replace with new (this is why you always buy an extra box per so-many squares finished. (square being a measurement of finished area not a square of tile). I personally like to have at least ONE EXTRA box beyond that calculation as insurance since I'd rather spend the money for ONE extra box to satisfy Murphy's Law then have to replace the entire system shortly down the line. Most of the box supply chains carry at least one manufacturer's line of such tiles.
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