Happy New Year All!
I am about to purchase a home with an existing detached shop. Im excited to getting out of a tight basement shop. The new shop has loads of space and natural light, HVAC and running water. Beneath the roof gable (which is probably like 22′) a previous owner added a drop ceiling…the kind of metal grid works with standard rectangular tiles/panels…like you see in offices building and/or schools. While its not the greatest looking shop ceiling it has a lot of advantages: sound dampening, tons of insulation above, and it is white and reflects the light nicely. And though it needs a bunch of new lighting fixtures…they should be easily swapped for the old fluorescents. I am planning to give the whole thing a nice, white coat of paint to repel dust. The question is how to hang dust collection duct work from it? I bought the nice nordfab steel piping for my 3hp oneida cyclone and so it isn’t a big deal to take it all apart and reassemble. Currently, in the basement shop it is running along the walls (floor joists above are super low) and around a couple of corners. I made my own hanger from galvanized strapping and some shop made plywood brackets–screwed to the joists above. To get the most of my new shop layout I am thinking a diagonal main trunk above head and some branches towards each side of the shop. But I have no idea what kind of hangers to use. How they would attach…to the grid? How much weight can those drop ceilings hold?
thanks for any knowledge you can share!