Flush Clip Mount Ceilings 1 - Introduction

An office-style suspended ceiling.

Because ceilings are perhaps more out of view than any other part of the home, their impact on the general feel of a house is often underestimated. Along with the floor, the ceiling is the largest surface in the room. Its height, the materials from which it's made, its slope, and the angles it forms all affect the way a room feels.

Ceilings are used not only as a design feature but also to hide things such as the floor or roof above, plumbing pipes, ductwork, electrical wire, insulation, and so on. Suspended ceilings (ceilings that are hung a set distance from the ceiling joists) work very well for this, because they create a cavity that allows easy access if repairs or further work are needed in this area. Here we consider how to install and repair suspended ceilings.

Before You Begin—Safety

Always understand, develop, and adhere to proper safety practices. When installing a ceiling, use the appropriate tools for the job and weair safety gear such as a dust mask when sanding and safety glasses when using power tools. Speaking of power tools, keep track of the cord when using them so you don't have an acccident. Also, keep the blade sharp for the same reason. Don't buy tiles that contain asbestos; that material is a health hazard.

When using a stepladder, keep both pairs of legs fully open and lock the spread bars. Never climb higher than the second step from the top. Set the ladder up so its base is a quarter of its length from the wall. Finally, don't use a ladder around electrical wires.

Useful Terms

  • Acoustic ceiling: a ceiling that improves the quality of sound within a room. In our case, one with tiny, noise-trapping holes to make it quieter.
  • Ceiling joists: overhead framing members of a room.
  • Ceiling tiles: 12-inch squares cemented or stapled to an old ceiling.
  • Cross tees: grid work that connects to runners at right angles.
  • Furring strips: strips of metal or wood attached directly with an old ceiling (perpendicular to ceiling joists) and onto which ceiling tiles are clipped or stapled.
  • Runner: main support grid for suspended ceilings, installed perpendicular to joists.
  • Suspended ceiling: a ceiling lowered from the original ceiling or framework by a grid system; often used to hide exposed joists, rafters, ductwork, etc.
  • Tegular panels: a two-level panel, the face being lower than the flange, which rests on the grid.