05:25PM | 12/19/04
Member Since: 12/18/04
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I have a camp in northwester P.A. It is a trailer with 2 rooms built on. We have a drop ceiling in the 2 rooms that needs fixing. We are considering to dry wall the ceiling. There is no footer, would the dry wall crack, due to shifting???? Would we be better just redoing the drop ceiling. Would like to hear the pros and cons, and your experience. Thank You, look forward to hearing soon. shawnebaby


04:43PM | 12/21/04
Member Since: 11/27/04
172 lifetime posts
depends on how much your building shifts.

is the ground dry when it freezes, reducing the uplift.

the ceiling twists when the walls uplift. drywall on the ceiling may not crack but you don't know until you try on your situation.

another method people did on old houses was to put strips of wood or moulding where the drywall seams are to cover any future cracks with a decorative ceiling have to also line up the end butts of the drywall too ,to make a uniform grid treatment. and you still have to tape the joints to comply with fire codes (and to remove the depressed area on the edge of the drywall.)

redoing the drop ceiling., if its easier to paint the old tile grid and get new tiles.


09:28AM | 12/23/04
Member Since: 12/18/04
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Thank You for your response, Here is another question. What would the result be if it cracks??? Our ground is almost aways wet before it freezes. So I'm sure it will shift. What would you do??? Thanks shawnebaby


04:31PM | 12/23/04
Member Since: 11/27/04
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the result of cracking is nothing major other than you look at that crack everyday.

i'd just redo the grid ceiling. depending on the ultimate cost.if you can reuse the old grid or have to put up new grid. and check for the tile 'patterns' smooth or dimpled.2 by 2 or 2by 4.

if you drywalled and got cracks, then there is the tongue and groove ceiling tile that will staple to 1 by 2 strapping on the ceiling(another alternative). depending on the tile(fire rating), you could put the tile up without drywall on the ceiling.

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