In general, install the perimeter pieces
first, so that the bottom horizontal surface is 1-inch below the joists or furring that the Grid Tight top track
will be attached to. Butt the perimeter pieces together to span lengths greater than 8-feet. For corners, you can
either butt the perimeter pieces together or cut 45º angles depending on your tools. Getting 45º angles to
fit together neatly can sometimes be tricky, so butting the pieces together is OK. On outside butted corners, you'll need
to nip away a part of the vertical perimeter piece that extends beyond the corner. Hand cutters, such as the anvil cutters
that we recommend using (available in the garden department of building supply stores), will make a clean cut.
can use 1x1 blocking or 1x2 furring to provide a vertical mounting surface for the perimeter if your walls are difficult
to attach to (concrete or concrete blocks, for example) or if you have an opening like a stairwell into the ceiling area.
You can use Grid Tight top track and bottom runner as a wall perimeter. Keep in mind that using Grid Tight this
way is not as economical as using the perimeter pieces.
Plan on centering full rows of ceiling panels
in order to figure out the width of the border panels on either side. To minimize distortion, don't over-tighten screws
when fastening perimeter pieces or Grid Tight top track. When measuring or marking (with chalkline, laser or tight
string) for the 24 1/8-inch centers for the top track, measure from edge to edge (i.e. left edge to left edge, or right to
right--not left to right) and align the top track to that edge instead of trying to infer the center. The top track does not
have to be installed perfectly straight because the bottom runner corrects minor vertical & horizontal variances in the
top track. Install bottom runners so that the butt joint between two lengths overlaps the top track joints.
recommend using 1-inch drywall screws to attach the top track of Grid Tight to joists or furring. The slight indentation,
about 1/8" from the outside edges of the top track, is where to start the tip of the drywall screw. A little pressure
will force the screw thru the plastic; it is not necessary to tighten the screw all the way down, as doing this will deform
the plastic. Install screws on 16" centers on opposite sides of the top track. Some users put screws on both sides, but
this is not necessary.
After installing two adjoining rows of top track & bottom runner, slide a row
of panels in from one end to see how they fit. Cross tees (23 3/4-inch) are cut from the same material as the top tracks/bottom
runners and act as spacers between panels. You can use hand cutters (anvil cutters) or a chop saw to cut cross tees. A small
putty or spackle knife can help "shoehorn" the last panel into place. If necessary, you can trim the last panel
so that only ¼-inch rests on the perimeter piece.
Don't forget the common sense advice to measure
twice and cut once.
Ductwork and other utilities are usually covered with soffits (drywall box-arounds).
You can get below some utilities by installing 1x2 or 2x2 furring to existing joints or beams and attaching Grid Tight to
Although Grid Tight is not designed to make soffits, a few of our more creative customers
have done this by using lattice, clear furring, and blocking as mount points on the inner and outer corners. You can
also use paneling or beadboard on the vertical portion and Grid Tight on the bottom horizontal part.
you are planning to attach Grid Tight directly to ductwork (using self-tapping sheet metal screws, for example), we recommend
that the support system for the ductwork be secured using drywall screws if it is currently secured with nails.