Drop vs Drywall Ceiling – Part 2

We ended Part 1 in this series on Drop vs Drywall Ceiling stating that, while our preference was for a drop ceiling, drop ceilings are not perfect.


Below are two pictures of cutouts for heading vents. The picture on the left is from a drywall ceiling while the picture on the right is from a drop ceiling.

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I would like to draw your attention to the right side of the heating vent opening for the drop ceiling example (picture on the right). Ceiling vent covers can be installed in different ways. In our house, the prior owners used two short pieces of wire. One problem; when you use that method, at least how it was done in our home by the prior owners, the vent cover cannot close….the wires get in the way. 

What should be done is to use butterfly plugs which will expand out when the screw goes through them. In that way, the heating vent covers are screwed into the ceiling with the plugs expanding to hold the vent in place. Remember, we are talking the ceiling here’ the vent’s are up side down; if they are not secured, they will fall out.

The issue with the picture above for the drop ceiling example is that it was positioned too close to the metal support railing on the right, not leaving any room for the plug to be inserted into the panel to the right of the heating vent opening. If you need some excellent metal work, then consider visiting this online blacksmith shop to see what they can do for you.

Yes, this can be corrected by adjusting the position of the vent with some additional or reduced duct work, then taking a replacement ceiling tile to cut the new opening. It’s not like all is lost. The point it that you still have to think and plan the installation of a drop ceiling to prevent rework. I hate rework.

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