Remember to order 50% more of the Ceiling Link as the long runners require a top and bottom to function. Cross Tees are single piece.
$20.00 handling fee included.
- Each part is sold in 8 foot lengths
- Available in Black or White
- Works with 2x2 or 2x4 ceiling tiles
- 100% water proof. Made from PVC
- CeilingLink parts snap together
- Mold & Mildew resistant
- Very low profile. Perfect for basements with little head room. 1" total thickness.
- PVC is Class A fire rated
CeilingLink is a patented PVC profile designed for use as the top track, bottom runner, and cross tee in a direct mount ceiling panel installation. The top track is attached directly to joists, furring, or existing ceiling material with drywall screws; the bottom runner is squeezed into the top track to support standard acoustic ceiling panels. The cross tee is cut to size from the same piece used for the top track and bottom runner.
Cross tees rest on the bottom runner without being attached to the top track or having a top track of their own. L-Channel or C-Channel is used around the perimeter. For more details, see our FAQ and Installation pages.
CeilingLink, L-Channel, and C-Channel are made in the USA of the same durable PVC plastic that is used in the framing of replacement windows, and in residential plumbing systems.
Ordering is simple: CeilingLink is sold in 8-foot lengths, and is used for the top track, bottom runner, and cross tees. Two lengths are required for the top track and bottom runner assembly. Cross tees are cut to size from single lengths.
L-Channel or C-Channel also are sold in 8-foot lengths, and are used for the perimeter. C-Channel may be attached to the horizontal surface above--unlike L-Channel--so C-Channel is useful around stairwell openings or against concrete walls.
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Install the perimeter L-Channel first, so that the bottom horizontal surface is 1-inch below the joists or furring that the CeilingLink top track will be attached to. Butt L-Channel pieces together to span dimensions greater than 8-feet. For corners, you can either butt the L-Channel pieces together, or cut 45s, depending on your tools. Getting 45s 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 L-Channel that extends beyond the corner. Hand cutters, such as the power cutter aviation snips, will make a clean cut.
You can use either C-Channel, or 1x1 blocking or 1x2 furring to provide a vertical mounting surface for L-Channel 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 also use CeilingLink top track/bottom runner as a wall perimeter, altho using CeilingLink this way is not as economical as using L-Channel or C-Channel.
Center full rows of ceiling panels so that the width of border panels on either side is 12" or greater in width. Either a panel or a CeilingLink grid row will be in the center of the space. To minimize distortion, don't over-tighten screws when fastening L-Channel or CeilingLink top track.
When measuring or marking (with chalkline or 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 butted joint between two lengths overlaps the top track joints.
We recommend using 1-inch drywall screws to attach the top track of CeilingLink 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..
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--same as panel width) are cut from the same lengths used for top tracks/bottom runners, and act as spacers between panels. Cross tees are bottoms only; no top is required. You can use hand cutters (power cutter aviation snips) or a chop saw to cut cross tees.
Because CeilingLink is made of PVC plastic, it is also possible to nip or cut away 1/4" of the cross tee base that lays on the runner, so that the vertical legs of the cross tee lay on the bottom runner, and the base of the cross tee is then at the same level as the base of the bottom runner or L-Channel.
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 1/4-inch rests on the perimeter L-Channel.
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 CeilingLink to the furring.
If you are planning to attach CeilingLink or L-Channel 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.