If your ceiling is in need of replacement, there is an alternative to ripping it out and installing a new one. A suspended ceiling is installed below the original ceiling and features ceiling tiles and shadow lines. These tiles can be purchased pre-cut or you can cut them yourself by following the video and instructions. This process is not difficult for anyone with an eye for detail.
You will need:
Step 1: Take individual measurements for each ceiling tile. Start by measuring from the wall to the edge of the first cross-t on the metal ceiling bracket. Measure and cut each tile one at a time.
Step 2: Use the hook of the tape measure to score the width on a tile, working on a flat work surface. If the measurement is less than one-half the width of the tile, mark the width of the next tile on this same clean tile.
Step 3: Cut along the marked line with a carpet knife, making a deeper pass each time until cutting all the way through the tile. A carpet knife is recommended over a utility knife because it is sharper and cuts deeper.
Step 4: The shadow line must be recreated in the cut area so the tile will lay flat in the bracket grid. Place the tile into the grid and score the line by passing the carpet knife lightly across the correct side, against the bracket grid.
Step 5: Remove the tile from the grid. Use the carpet knife to make a cut on the scored line, passing just over halfway through the thickness of the tile. Use your finger and the edge of the tile as guides.
Step 6: Turn the tile onto its side and cut through the edge with the knife to remove the thin piece of tile, creating the shadow line.
Step 7: Place the tile into the grid. Repeat Steps 1 through 7 for each tile that must be cut.