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You need a general builder who also does plasterwork & joinery. First task isn't to fix it but to figure out why it's slumping. I doubt it's water damage, as the scrim joints would usually survive that to a mild degree without cracking. You'd also probably see slight discolouration. That the joint has cracked not only along the join but also at the scrim ...


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The guide to the 2021 IRC code regarding the ceiling height for the basement is provided below: New Construction: According to the IRC (International Residential Code), that basement ceiling height requirements for any habitable basement space, laundry rooms, toilet rooms, bathrooms, or corridors must meet a minimum standard height of 7 feet 0 inches in new ...


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The Code requires a minimum ceiling height of 7’-0” for habitable spaces, unless 1) it’s a slopped ceiling, 2) basement remodel, 3) bathroom or shower. (See R305.1) Slopped ceilings shall have at least 50% with at least 7’ and slope down to no more than 5’. Basements can have 6’-8” ceilings in non-habitable spaces. (Habitable spaces are for living, ...


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Wood "I" beams. Might be something to look at. I have built fairly large clear span buildings using these. They are strong.


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I like the look of a drywall basement, and if thats what you want to do, then don't let others convince you a drop ceiling is better, do whatever you prefer. In your scenario, I would build a bunch of "soffit ladders" and run them perpendicular to your floor joists. You should use 5/8 drywall. I would put just one layer. 2 layers is unnecessary ...


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Your concerns are: Load bearing capacity of secondary joists Sufficiently small joist spacing to prevent bowing of ceiling panels Sound proofing Framing Run 2x6 on edge as secondary ceiling joists, at 16"OC, if you have sufficient clearance from the bottom of the 2x6 to the floor. Otherwise use 2x4 with smaller spacing, e.g. 12" OC. Plan out ...


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You can use a "Goof Ring" or a ceiling medallion to fix this problem. It seems that ceiling medallions are more for a decorative fix and seem more bulky and harder to install but goof rings are more discreet and a quicker install and fix the problem for much cheaper and easier in my opinion. Some pictures below from a product listing for acrylic ...


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Glare when looking at a light source is proportional to its lumen output divided by its surface area. A small bright light like a GU10 bulb makes a lot of glare, because all the light is emitted by a tiny area, so that area appears extremely bright if you look directly into it. If you don't like glare, but want a decent amount of light, then: either you use ...


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As discussed in the comments, cove lighting is one alternative that lights the whole room from the edges instead of the center and without having a hanging chandelier (easily blocked if the ceiling is relatively low) and without using ordinary recessed lighting. I easily found a tutorial from Family Handyman which covers a lot of the issues involved. The ...


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I have the same set up at my house. We have to use the purple alum-icon all the time as we have been going one room at a time to update all the electrical. This is a normal practice.


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