Embassy suspended ceiling
It's on sale at Costco.ca: https://www.costco.ca/Embassy-80-sqft-P ... 10780.html
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Thanks for the review. Seems like a good choice for a small room but not so great for a large room. If you knew all this before buying, would you still do it ?t3359 wrote: ↑Mar 6th, 2017 4:12 pmI installed one a few weeks ago. Two units of that Costco stuff.
Super easy to do, but keep in mind that it's MDF: if you bash in a corner, you can't fix it. This isn't bad since the corners of tiles are hidden, but if you bash in the ends of the crossbars, they are visible.
If your room is wider than 8', then you need to extend the main crossbars but abutting them. There is a small tongue and groove at the ends, and theoretically they are supposed to fit together well, but they don't. The abutments are visible and I may need to patch them up with caulk or something.
If you cut the secondary crossbars, the instructions say to screw on a scrap piece to the back so that the face is flush with the face of the main crossbars, but they don't. They are visibly different.
This MDF is pretty hard (1/4"). Cutting holes for air diffusers, heat registers, and lights requires work. I did my cuts with a sharp Bosch hole saw, and it was difficult to control if the teeth caught unevenly. Spin saw might have been easier.
Cutting MDF leaves lots of dust, so wear your mask.
In the end, I'm not going to spend my day looking at the ceiling, so this system is a time saver. Looks better than those office 2'x4' tiles. And it's really a low profile drop ceiling which I wanted. Pretty expensive bough, but it was a small area.
Mar 7th, 2017 8:36 pm
Snapclip was the alternative I was considering.Aggy wrote: ↑Mar 6th, 2017 4:22 pmStarting my research for our basement reno and most likely will just drywall the ceiling as we didn't want to do a suspended one. This is a pretty nice alternative. Might have to check out. From the description it looks like this needs at least 1.75" of clearance. Are there any other products that require less clearance?
Mar 7th, 2017 8:37 pm
Yup. Probably not a lot of other choices out there.
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4x8 sheets of 1/4 MDF, cut down on the table saw. Doesn't have to be perfect since the ends are hidden.
Mar 9th, 2017 7:35 pm
Did the same..but got Rona to cut them but used steel track.RCGA wrote: ↑Mar 9th, 2017 9:40 am4x8 sheets of 1/4 MDF, cut down on the table saw. Doesn't have to be perfect since the ends are hidden.
Paint the tiles and rails the same color. Done.
The room I'm doing is 25x16 and I'm saving about $800
I'd make my own 2ft rail spacers, too, if I can find the right thickness MDF (glue up two pieces for your tongue and groove)