Deep Drop Instructions
Instructions.Things You'll Need:
Drop tile ceiling hardware, which includes screws, suspension wires and cross tees
Chalk box or laser
Drill with eye bolt driver
1. Establish the correct height for the ceiling with a laser level or chalk box.
2. Fasten the outer trim pieces to the wall with screws. The screws should be long enough to go through the wall and into the wall studs.
3. Hang the suspension wires from the ceiling. Depending on the ceiling and the installer's preference, the hanger wires can be attached using different types of screws or bolts made for drop ceiling applications, or by wrapping the grid hangers around the joist or other stationary objects. The spacing intervals between the hanger wires is commonly 48 inches throughout the entire ceiling, and should hang a foot lower than the ceiling height.
4. Hang the main runners of the metal grid using the hanger wires to tie the grid in place. The main runners will run from one side of the wall to the other; they will snap into the trimming that runs along the wall. The runners will have pre-drilled holes that the grid hangers will slip through and tie. The direction of the main runners should run at right angles to the joist when installed. To make sure that the metal runners are level, use a laser to site the grid, or stretch out a string from wall trim to opposite wall trim.
5. Install the cross tees between the main runners and secure them into position using the tabs at the ends of the cross tees, which engage in the slots of the runners. The typical ceiling tile will be either 2-by-2-foot or 2-by-4-foot.
6. Place the ceiling tiles in the grid flanges. Cut the tiles by scoring them with a sharp knife and then snapping them. For radius cuts, use a jigsaw or compass saw to cut the tiles. Please keep in mind. You are installing a Deep-Drop tile. The pattern sits 3/4" below the grid. When cutting tiles to fit the outer perimeter of the room, the tiles will have an opening facing the wall. The opening will be about 5/8" x 24". It should not be visible from the ground, because it faces the wall.
Protecting Unfinished Material
Painting your Ceiling