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Is it ok to put in a dropped ceiling in the basement before putting up drywall on walls? ?

I would like to finish my basement (pay to have it done) but to do it a little at a time for financial reasons. Would like dropped ceiling and wirng done first. Thanks!

Answer:

Do the drop ceiling last. Why? A drop ceiling has a pc. of steel molding called *Wall mold*, that goes around the entire perimeter of the room. This is for the ceiling tile to rest on against the wall. Walls are finished first and then this molding is installed which gives a nice clean finished look around the edges of the room. If you put it up first, it will not look professional, and you drywall or other wall material will cover up the wall mold around the edge. Plus - You will undoubtedly have damage to the ceiling panels and or the grid work caused by hitting it with other materials as you or others are working on the walls. Do any wall framing first-just rough framing. Then do a ceiling plan layout on paper to scale so you can see where you want the lighting in the grid ceiling. Now, run wiring in walls and ceilings. Now hang drywall. Tape and finish drywall - cleanup. Now run grid ceiling metal framework and install lights in ceiling. Now prime and paint drywall as you now have lights installed. Now install ceiling tiles and baseboard. This is how I would have it done on a project.
Apr 14, 2017
The wall angle for the drop ceiling must go on the finished wall.You have to do the walls first.
Apr 14, 2017

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