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DIY suspended ceiling?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by Cornelius, Dec 30, 2002.

  1. Cornelius

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    Hi Folks,

    'Been a long time lurker and as '03 approaches I'll be decorating my flat including lounge.

    I've got my eyes on the Sony 12HT and ideally would like to ceiling mount with nice spotlights, hidden cables etc.

    Anyone have experience of installing there own false/suspended ceiling?

    I don't want to lose much space, just enought to run the cables and lights through.

    Ideas would be appreciated.

    Thanx.

    Corni.
     
  2. Dangerous

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    Hi Corni
    I suggest that you counter batten the ceiling using 2"x 2" sawn timber. The 2"x 2"should be spaced at 400mm centre's and then 12mm plasterboard applied. Mark on the walls the current centre's of the ceiling joists, this will help when fixing the 2"x2". I would use 3" screws to fix the 2"x 2" but A WORD OF WARNING if your ceiling does not have joists and in fact is timber batten on to a concrete slab, then the electric cables for lighting etc. will be very close to the existing ceiling. If it is you will need to identify their location for obvious reasons. I suggest you put your cables into some trunking, keeping the power cables separate from the video to reduce any possible interference. Place the first batten 2" of the wall, this will allow room for any cables to bend and then space the second batten 400mm or less from the wall and all the other battens at 400mm from the second one. You will not need noggins to support the edges of the plasterboard but you may need to place some to support your lights and projector. Flick a chalk lines across the battens at 90 degrees approximately the width of the plasterboard, which should be 1200mm. If you are going to put coving up then you can flick the first line further out to allow for any deviation in the edge of the wall, this also applies when setting out the second batten. Fix plasterboard using 38mm clout nails and artex if plaster boarded white side down or skim with plaster if grey side down.
    Hope this helps.
    Dave
     
  3. Cornelius

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    Cheers Dangerous,

    This sounds like an excellent permenant solution. My ceiling is definetly concrete but I haven't identified where the joists are yet.
    :confused:
    I'd rather not start plastering!!!

    Have you worked with the suspended system with panels which can be removed?
    I'd like to have easy access to what's above as well as installing spotlights in different positions etc.

    Any ideas on prices?
    My room's ~ 17' by 12'.

    Thanks again.

    Corni.
     
  4. Dangerous

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    Corni
    I have seen plenty suspended ceilings put up but never constructed one myself. This is a specialist job normally done using a rotating laser to establish the level and flatness for want of a better word. I guess you could do something similar using a line between opposing walls but it would tend to sag. The void between the ceiling and panels would be somewhat more than counter battening. As for pricing I don't have a clue.

    Regards

    Dave
     
  5. Cornelius

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    I'm detirmined to do this!!!

    There'll be nothing better than looking up and knowing 'I put that up'!

    I can hire a rotating laser level for £60 for the weekend.

    Found this site: http://www.hexan.co.uk

    Will be waiting for a response on pricing and diff. types of panels.(I'm still researching on acoustic panels cost/effectiviness).

    AFAIK the height of the suspended ceiling is dependent on wire supports which can be increased/decreased in length as desired.

    I'm looking at about 3-4" lost from the ceiling - enough to get in spotilights and cables in trunking.

    The projector mount will be reinforced with timber for obvious reasons.;)

    I'll post more info when I get it.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! (already?:eek: )

    Cornelius.
     
  6. Paul D

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    Forget the laser! (and £60!)
    It is more important to make sure it matches the floor level.
    The reason for this due to the eye being more fussy than the measure!.
    Check out my Yahoo photos (listed as "home cinema"), as i did my cinema room with lowered acoustic suspended ceiling tiles.
    Measure from the floor level, and mark the wall at the same height etc.
    Then screw 2"x1" battons all around the walls.
    To this you screw the "L" shaped edging support, all around the room.
    You then put the central support spar in the middle of the room, assuming you don't need to place a projector bracket there!.
    All the other spars then sprout towards the outer walls cutting as necessary etc.
    Place some tiles in position whilst fixing the joining spars, as these will keep everything square!.

    Click here!
     
  7. Cornelius

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    Very impressive cinema Paul:p !!!

    A picture says a thousand words...
    Where did you get your acoustic panels and for how £???

    CKA.
     
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    That cinema is flippin' awsome m8.

    gettin more inspired to create something myself when I see what can be achieved!!
     
  9. Cornelius

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    Paul,

    I take it you also had 'T' shaped buttons.
    Had a look in B&Q but couldn't find the them.
    Where can I get them from??

    CKA.
     
  10. YetiBoy1888

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    Alright troops, I spent all weekend fixing the little one's room @ Gibby Tower's. The suspended ceiling looks great, yes their was a few tiles missing, but I used a bit of savvy, went to my neighbours and took some of his (were a differnent colour but I just made a pattern out of it, you know me im not a stickler for details). The missus went out for the afternoon which meant I could come out the shelter of my shed, run to the co-op and get 8 cans of tennents and 2 chicken burger's, was great only cost me £6. That was me started for the weekend........

    Yeti's Gonny Get You.
     
  11. craigoscott

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    errr, nice one, did u mean to start a new post somewhere else? as this thread is from 2003!!
     

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