I'm installing recessed lighting fixtures in the ceiling of my second
floor (below the third floor--hence no insulation) in an old
Philadelphia house. The problem I've run into is that the hanger bars
for the fixtures collapse to 14 inches, but the beams are only 12
inches apart. This is essentially "new construction" because I've
removed all of the old plaster ceiling and will be replacing it with
sheet rock. I can see a few possible solutions. One is that I create
new beams by installing 2x4s between the beams at 14-16 inches apart
and then hanging the fixtures as I would if I were working with modern
beams on 16 inch centers. Another option would be to modify the
hanger bars with a hacksaw to make them collapse to 12 inches. Or, I
could look out for some specialty fixtures that would fit. Finally, I
could take the Home Depot attendant's advice and "just let 'em sit on
top of the sheetrock" (which I'm extremely disinclined to do for a
number of reasons). I would appreciate any guidance. Thanks,
On 3-Feb-2004, email@example.com (Andrew) wrote:
Easy and not expensive. Provides overkill bracing for the joists too. :-)
If the bars are like the ones I've used, this is even easier and cheaper.
And look and look... I never find these sorts of things until after
I've tried something else.
Noooo! Never do the cheap and dirty solution. I wouldn't be surprised
if there's a code violation here.
If the bars are the relatively beefy, telescoping type, I'd do the hacksaw
thing. Otherwise, 2x4s.
Another solution that would make cutting the drywall opening easier is to just
run the wires to the locations you want the lights. Then hang the sheetrock.
Then cut the opening for the lights and use the recessed lights that are for
Uh, but it seems to me that putting 2x4 between the joists doesn't
remedy the fact that this guy is trying to shoehorn 16" wide hangars
into a 12" wide space.
Unless maybe you're talking about screwing 2x4s along the length of the
joists and attaching the hangars length-wise. But that would be kinda
silly, seeing as how the cans fit pretty nicely that way without 2x4s.
But if someone was intent on hanging something inside those joists and
mounting the cans sideways, you'd get by far less expensively by hanging
1-bys -- but then, the cans wouldn't fit.
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