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using drywall panels in suspended ceiling?

I am in the process of finishing a basement ceiling. I would prefer to use drywall (I like the look, and I have a lot of sheets of drywall already) but I want to be able to access above the ceiling if I ever need to run wires or anything. Could I install a drop ceiling grid, and then cut drywall panels 2'x4', prime and paint them, and use them in the drop ceiling? It would save me from having to buy drop ceiling panels. My main concern is the weight - I think it would be substantially heavier than normal drop ceiling panels.

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First I have to say I am an Electrician not a Ceiling installer. However, the Commercial job I am on has ceilings that are (essentially) sheet rock with a vinyl face. I noticed that the grid in those rooms is much sturdier than the normal grid. So that is probably something to consider. If you use lighter gauge grid then I would think you would need to install supports every 2' on the main stringers. That would give you 6 supports on each 2'x4' opening. If you care to get fancy try applying some (textured) wall paper to the sheet rock. Best of luck to you.
Apr 14, 2017
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As a professional let me give you some info. Cutting sheetrock into perfect squares and exactly the same size consistently is a real challenge for anyone. Not to mention the waste factor. You can easily chip corners or break an edge, not to mention you'll have unfinished edges that will spill sheetrock dust into the air. You can actually buy tiles out of a sheerock product and save valuable time and money plus the edges will be safe for your family. On another note you can just sheetrock the ceiling and install a few access doors below valves and things if that's your concern. BTW I like the sheetrock look too. Good Luck
Apr 14, 2017

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