How to Install a Suspended or Drop Ceiling - Page 2

  • Step 4 : Install hanger wires and prebend

    Stretch a leveling string from one end of the room to the other in alignment with the hanger wires. Drive a nail into the wall 7/8’’ above the bottom of the wall molding. Place another nail at the opposite end of the room. Stretch the string between the nails and fasten it in place. Bend each hanger wire at 90° where it touches the string. Do the same for the other row of wires. Remove the string(s) after prebending the wires.

  • Step 5 : Fasten the runners to the interior of room

    Trim the end of the first main beam so that a cross tee slot on the main beam is the border panel distance from the wall, in this case 1’ 3’’ from the wall. Place the cut end of the main beam on the wall molding and insert a hanger wire in a hole near the other end of the main beam and wrap the wire around itself three times. Insert the other wires into the main beam and wrap the wires around themselves three times. Cut and install the other main beam on the other side of the room.

  • Step 6 : Hang the cross-tees

    Find the location of the first border cross tee, in this case 1’ 3’’ from end of main. Cut this tee to length, in this case 2’ 6’. Insert the uncut end of the cross tee into the main and rest the cut end of the tee on the molding. Cut the second cross tee to length and insert it. Temporarily fasten the tees to the wall molding so they do not move. Fit the tees into the slots in the runners checking with the level that both are level throughout the room.

  • Step 7 : Install the ceiling panels or tiles

    After the first section of main beam is installed in each row and the grid is square, install the rest of the main beams and cross tees. Use cut off pieces of main beam to start succeeding rows of them after cutting to align cross tee slots. Measure and cut border cross tees at the other side of the room.

  • Step 8 : Install the panels

    Lift the panel at anangle through the grid and drop it into place. Trim the border panels with a sharp utility knife cutting the panel face side up.

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