Drop Ceiling Installation Basics

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Drop ceilings have many benefits over drywall ceilings and they’re not that difficult to install. Here’s how to go about it.

What Is a Drop Ceiling

Drop ceilings are made of metal brackets that are attached to the walls or hung from the ceiling. Runners are installed perpendicular to those brackets and then lightweight panels are placed on top of the runners.

The Basics of Drop Ceiling Installation

The first thing you need to do is measure the room carefully. Then, take your measurements to your local home-improvement store. They’ll use them to give you all the supplies you need. One important thing to keep in mind is that most building codes specify a minimum ceiling height, so you should know the law in your area and make sure your plans comply with it.

With your level and a chalk line, spot the perimeter of the room. After this, find the studs in the room and place the perimeter brackets on them. Next, install the main runners at four-foot spaces. They need to be centered in the room.

Install Cross Tees

The cross tees will fit right into the pre-cut holes in the runners. As you are working, make sure the runners are square and the cross tees are two feet apart.

Lighting, Ductwork, and Panels

When all the runners and brackets are in place, put in your light fixtures and air ducts. Once that is finished, install the panels. Each tile has a flange that will hold it to the runners. If the panels are too big, you can cut them down, but use a utility knife instead of power tools because the panels are fragile.