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How much clearance do I need from ceiling studs to drop ceiling panels?

Im in the process of finishing my basement , unfortuantly my basement ceiling is only 78 inches high. Debating on either using drop ceiling or just using 2x4 's as furring strips and then using the tongue and groove ceiling tiles (these are one square foot). I want something that can easily be removed for any problems with wiring and pipes so drywall is out of the question. I perfer the drop ceiling but only wanna drop it down 2 inches not sure if that will be enough clearance to install the tiles? whats the minimum space you need from the floor joist on the ceiling and the metal grid for the drop ceiling? thanks

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In order for recessed lights/installing-replaicng tiels you will need a minimum of 3 inch clearance...ANything less and you will encounter big problems especiall when you get to the end.... Why on earth would you use 2x4's as furring stirps...That is way too heavy lumber for its intended purpose...Ususally 2x2 are what is called for in these dor to applications....Cheaper/lighter and jsut as effective...If you go with that ceiling system reconsider using 2x2 furring stirps in place of the 2x4....Good luck
Apr 14, 2017
It is best to have at least three inches clearance for standard ceiling tiles. Any less and you will have a tough time installing and removing them. Another idea, though, is to make a grid and cut pieces of 1/8 thick dry erase board that you buy at Home Depot or Lowe's into 2'X4' pieces. The thinner board allows you to install and remove easily in tight spaces, brightens up the room, and cleans easily. The tongue and groove tiles would work as well, but though they come apart easily, they don't go back together quite as nice.
Apr 14, 2017
Unless there is pipes or other objects that need to be concealed, you don't need much clearance at all. I had the same thing with my low basement height. I was able to insert the tiles into the metal grid with only 1 or 2 inches of space above the grid.
Apr 14, 2017
You need to measure on an uncut edge to get the dimensions of your cut both length back from the fresh cut edge and how deep in from the face. screw the razor blade to the block of wood and set the edge protruding to just the depth you need your cut to be past the edge of the block.
Apr 14, 2017
a minimum of 3 inches
Apr 14, 2017

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