How to Cut Ceiling Tiles Three Parts: Getting Ready to Cut the Tile Cutting the Tile Making the Shadow Line Community Q&A Mineral fiber or fiberglass ceiling tiles can get stained, dirty, or just start to look old after a few years.
Drop Ceiling Tiles: These will be the most expensive part of your drop ceiling project. They come in a ton of styles and can be humidity and mold resistant and offer various levels of sound insulation. Drop ceiling tiles come in flush mounts (the tiles are even with the T's) or with reveals (tiles sit slightly below T's).
This is a video that shows how to easily cut plexiglass ceiling panels using a stencil burner. I also describe how I replaced my old, yellowed ceiling tiles with faux stained glass tiles.
Add 1/8 inch to each side and then transfer these dimensions to the hard plastic ceiling panel with a metal straight edge and a pencil. The extra 1/8 inch will allow the panel to sit in the railing of the ceiling tiles grid or the fluorescent light fixture trim for a professional looking installation.
Take the old tile down and use it as a template to cut the replacment. If its a drop down tile, that has a rabbit on each side for a 3/8 inch drop, there is a low cost tool to make those cuts. It's a wood block with a razor blade set at the correct t depth to make the rabbit, similar to old time hand planes. ... I replace a LOT of ceiling tiles ...
The Family Handyman expert, Wade Sides, will show you how to cut custom ceiling tiles and shadow lines along the wall.
Step 4 - Cut Your Tile. Hold your ceiling tile still and line up your ruler along the marked edges. Run your utility knife along the marked line to cut the tile, place your cut edges to one side. Repeat this process with any remaining tiles.
Plan the location of each ceiling panel for an even layout. If your new drop ceiling installation will have border panels, make sure that the opposite sides of the room have the same border width. Always cut panels face up with a sharp utility knife. Place all ceiling and grid materials in one location.
Now let's get to the meat and potatoes of how to install a drop ceiling. Drop Ceiling Installation Tools and Materials L-Channel: Metal channel thats shapped like an L.
The lip of the tiles grip the grid while the lower-hanging center area helps make the ceiling look more like a solid surface than a drop ceiling. There are standard-sized tiles for most of your ceiling grid, but you must cut shorter ones along the walls or around light fixtures.
When pros cut the ‘reveal’—that little offset in suspended ceiling tiles that enables the tile to sit just below the grid—they go fast, like drywall guys.