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Deep Drop Instructions

3/4" deep, Drop-In Ceiling Panels. These panels install exactly like the regular drop-in panels, except they give you a three dimensional look. Deep-Drop tiles weigh approx. 1.85 lbs. each.

Instructions.Things You'll Need:
Drop tile ceiling hardware, which includes screws, suspension wires and cross tees

Gloves - to prevent cuts and finger prints on Unfinished tiles
Sharp knife
Chalk box or laser
Tin snips
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. Put on a pair of gloves.  Without gloves, you take the chance of having black oily finger prints on Unfinished tiles and obtaining cuts.  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.  
You can choose to leave the tile open or cut the two corners that face the wall about 3/4".  Then bend the cut area of the tile 90 degrees upward, to strengthen that side of the tile.  You do this by putting a cut piece of wood on the inside of the tile, using it for your 90 degree bend upward.  
You can also take this one step further and cut the corner 1", then bend upward 90 degrees at 3/4" and then again bend the tile 90 degrees at 1/4" in opposite direction to create a lip for mounting on the wall molding.


Protecting Unfinished Material


     Any steel material should be coated with an oil-based product for protection and best results.

Painting your Ceiling


     If you choose to paint your metal ceiling, be sure you use an oil-based primer and paint as the steel will rust if a water based product is used. Unfinished steel must be cleaned with wax and grease cleaner before painting. Use care not to scratch pre-painted finishes when nailing up ceiling.
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2' x 2' cross tees for Suspended Ceilings.