My house has plaster walls throughout and 10 foot ceilings. I recently had
central air installed and we ran some of the duct work along the top of the
ceiling in my upstairs hallway. The plan was to then drop the ceiling there
to 8 feet by putting up a 2x4 frame and drywall.
Now I'm thinking that the walls may be at risk of cracking when the 2x4s are
nailed into them and I'm also wondering if they will be able to handle the
weight of the drywall ceiling once it is all up.
I haven't hired a contractor to do this job yet, but I'm looking to see if
you all would have any advice on this job or specific questions I should ask
the contractor if we go with the drywall option (possibly using liquid nails
for the frame, nails vs screws for the frame, tying the 2x4s to the 10 foot
ceiling with wire for additional support, etc).
Another option I'm now considering is to put a dropped ceiling (not drywall)
which I'm assuming would weigh a lot less than the drywall.
Any advice or suggestions are welcome.
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