Suspended ceiling removal, isn’t the most difficult home improvement project. But, it’s one that does require some solid DIY chops. And, there’s usually electrical work involved. Drop ceilings can be found in residential homes, professional offices, and commercial retail spaces. The purpose of a drop ceiling is to provide a small space between the actual ceiling and the suspended one. Trouble is, these often make a room look and feel smaller. So, it’s necessary to do suspended ceiling removal to open it up again.
Drop Ceiling Disposal Options
Your first order of business for this remodeling project (as well as any other remodeling or restoration job), is to plan for the debris and material disposal. This stuff will indeed pile up quickly and it’s not something you can simply put out on the curb. The local trash collection agency considers this different from regular household trash. So, you’ll have to make other arrangements for its proper disposal.
Many basements and commercial [and residential] buildings in America have drop ceilings installed. They are quick to install and allow easy access to plumbing, electrical and mechanical items that are installed above the ceiling. However, from time to time, it is necessary to remove a drop ceiling, either to replace it with a new one or install drywall. —Hunker.com
If you’d like to save yourself the time and effort of hauling it away on your own, then just have a local junk removal company come on by and pick it up. Take advantage of the opportunity to unload a bunch of other junk at the same time. This way, you’ll be rid of that stuff and free up much-needed space to boot.
Dundalk Suspended Ceiling Removal Guide
Now, as for the suspended ceiling removal, you’ll find it’s isn’t all that difficult. But, it does require a bit of handyman skill to do it right. Here’s how to proceed:
- Clear and cover the floor. Just because it’s not directly attached to the ceiling underneath doesn’t mean it won’t be messy or possibly cause damage to the floor. So, clear the room and cover up the floor.
- Turn off the circuit breaker providing power. Before you proceed, go to the main electrical panel and turn off the circuit breaker supplying power to the lighting. Then, you can see how the lights and wires are connected.
- Remove all the suspended ceiling panels. Next, you’ll need a ladder or stool to reach up and take down the individual tiles. Exercise caution because you don’t know what’s up inside the space. Take down all the panels and place them out-of-the-way.
- Uninstall the lights and wiring. If you aren’t skilled enough to handle electrical work, bring in an experienced, licensed electrician to do the work for you. You’ll need to remove any lights and wiring to install a new ceiling finish. Once all the components are gone, you can then take apart the support grid.