Unknown Ceiling Type

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MarkM
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Unknown Ceiling Type

Post by MarkM » Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:44 am

Hello - Thank you for this board, I am finding a lot of great information!

I recently bought my home, and am starting to do minor improvements to it. One thing I am encountering is I have this type of ceiling throughout the home (Pictures will be attached - apologies they appear 'sideways'), but I have no idea what it is, or how to work with it. It is not a tile, and I see no nails, tacks, or anything of that nature that would give an indication as to how to pull sections down in a clean fashion, and more aptly, how to only affect the area I want to work with (for example, opening an area to put in a ceiling fan that needs braced, etc).

The "lines" on the pictures are a little misleading, as there is no way to lift the ceiling off, as if it were a drop ceiling panels.

The ceiling is fairly firm, with very minimal "give" if one pushes hard... like I can tell where there are ceiling joists, but there is not a sensation of it being weak.

Any words of wisdom anyone could give would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
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christoff
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Re: Unknown Ceiling Type

Post by christoff » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:05 am

It could be held on with construction adhesive
Can you put a small hole in the ceiling to see the possible different layers of ceiling?

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Re: Unknown Ceiling Type

Post by Clarence » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:39 am

It looks like it is Acoustical Plaster?
If it is Acoustical plaster you should be able to imprint your finger nail in it.
Also if Acoustical Plaster and was applied before 1987 it may contain Asbestos.
If it is Acoustical you would also be able to push a needle in it would be about 3/4 inches thick up to about 1 1/4 inch thickness.

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Re: Unknown Ceiling Type

Post by A. Spruce » Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:56 am

That is not something I've seen before. Go with Clarence's answer and do some testing, if he is correct, he can tell you what is underneath it and whether removal is a good option.
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Re: Unknown Ceiling Type

Post by MarkM » Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:32 pm

Thank you for the replies.

I found an area in the House that is in need of some TLC, and it shows it as it is coming off above a dropped ceiling.

A friend mentioned it may be a cork board ... but I figured I'd ask experts!

Maybe this may help in identification.

Thanks again, you guys are great!
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Re: Unknown Ceiling Type

Post by A. Spruce » Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:36 pm

That's not cork, it's an insulation panel with a finished surface. Can't say I've seen this application before. Forewarning, there may be asbestos in it, if this is a concern for you, get it tested before handling. Removal will be easy, simply pull it down. Replacement will depend on what you have left once the panels are down.
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Re: Unknown Ceiling Type

Post by Shannon » Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:50 pm

I have not seen that either but would guess it is some type of acoustical panels in a larger format then I have witnessed in any renos I have done. My guess is that they split together at the joints (smooth areas) and the leading edge is fastened in place before the next one slips over the exposed fasteners to cover them? Likely 1x4 strapping nailed to the bottom of joists and then these panels are attached to them?
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