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        I am almost finished the framing portion of my basement bathroom remodel project. All that remains is hiding the overhead plumbing from the upstairs bathroom and kitchen.

        I think this would typically be accomplished with a soffit, but the overhead clutter extends about 48" into the room and the total depth of the room is 64".

        I have 8' ceilings and I only need to drop down 8" to hide everything. I imagine the easiest solution would be to install 2x4 framing spanning the entire width of the room, but before I proceed:

        1. Will 2x4 construction (two end plates, joists every 16") be sufficient or do I need to use 2x6's?
        2. Do I need to support the span anywhere other that where the framing meets the walls?

        Thanks,

        -Erik

        This message has been edited. Last edited by: estoneberg,
         
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        You can use 2x4's but they will need to be supported at one central point in addition to on the ends.


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