I will soon begin finishing my basement and have begun to look at all the
things I need to move relocate to maximize ceiling height. For the most
part it is just a few water supply lines and some wiring to bury in the
joists. My Main Furnace Supply Trunk runs rught down the middle of the
basement. I plan to finish walls & ceiling with sheetrock. Each of the
ducts running from the trunk has a damper. Is it ok to cover up these
dampers so as long as I am happy with the way the house is being
heated/cooled? I am talking about ~ 10 individual dampers here so I don't
want to install ceiling accesss panels for each. And I am not really
thrilled with installing a track ceiling. Is there another alternative?
If you're happy with the damper settings, go ahead and seal them under
sheetrock. If you ever need to get to them, you can always cut a hole in
Personally, I am very happy that I installed a tracked ceiling in my
Since I installed the tracked ceiling, I have had two outside electric
circuits installed at different times and I snaked the wiring above the
ceiling panels by just sliding the panels out of the way along the route
of the wiring. I tacked the wiring to the joists along the route.
I had a water softener installed and had to snake the plastic drain hose
across the basement above the ceiling panels to the waste water pipe.
I installed an office in my basement and and to snake telephone wire and
cat5 cable across the basement. You guessed it, above the panels.
I decided that I needed more light, so I removed two panels and replaced
them with panel light fixtures tapped off another light with wires above
One of my frost proof sillcocks decided to rot away at the joint causing
a leak that dripped down on my ceiling panel. I replaced the sillcock by
removing the panels, soldering the new one in place and then replaced
the wet panels with new ones.
I had a small leak from a dishwasher that stained 2 panels pieces. I
replaced the two panels pieces.
I am secure in the knowledge that if I ever need to get above the
ceiling to add or replace something in the future, I won't have to cut
sheetrock and then have to replace, spackle, and paint anything.
By track ceiling, do you mean a suspended tile ceiling?
Just one alternative I have seen is this:
I have never used it and don't know what it costs, but it looks pretty
neat. I saw it used on a TV show once and it seem to be a good
compromise between drywall and hanging a suspended ceiling.
Hope this helps,
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