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step into the light my friend and I'll tell you how it's done.

Posted by John 2000 on November 14th, 2000 04:24 PM
In reply to check out by tom on November 14th, 2000 01:01 PM [Go to top of thread]

Hi Tom, and M.Zobe, first thing to buy are some
cotton gloves, ( I'll tell what they are for later)
now I do it like this, find the hight you want, that
is just below any pipes/cable/beams and any other things
that are hanging from your high geiling ( lets call that the roof)
ok, you wont get mixed up when I say fix your ceiling to the roof.
now, you have found the level you want,fix a lath 1.1/2" x 3/4" which
is plained now paint that black mat, fix the lath around the walls
to the hight you want.
next you will have a steel/alu strip which is "L" shaped, nail this
to the black lath, but let it hang down below about 1/16", if you
have some funny courners you can butt joint one but the other you
can cut at a 45deg. and it will help to make the courner look good,
you will have some hangers ( rods the will hand from the "roof" to
the new ceiling space them out at around 4ft apart.
most panels are 4ft x 2ft or 2ft x 2ft, start from the centre of the room
( I run a string ( line) from one side to the other, and the same on
the other wall, so making a cross, start from the centre of one wall
and run a strip that is "T" shaped, fix this to the hangers that you
have already fitted, next you should have some small T strips ( 4ft or 2ft)
depends on how you want your ceiling,
Now clip them all together, making sure they are all in line.
I have told you to start fixing the strips in the centre because when
you come to the wall side it will be smaller than a panel and it will
be even on both sides,. now put on the cotton gloves I told you about,
and start to fit the panels. leave the last ones ( around the walls till
last), I am sure you will want spot lights in the ceiling so allow for the
holes to be in line along the ceiling,fit the lamps as you go.
now you have only the side panels to cut.
and thats about it....( the cotton gloves are to stop you getting
finger marks on the panels,) and good luck
John 2000.

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