Replace/Repair/Install Broken Ceiling Tiles Yourself at Home
Acoustic ceiling tiles, which are made of wood fiber or porous minerals, are commonly used both as a new material and replace the roof. While it is easy to install and excellent for sound absorption, these tiles are also soft, easily broken and often difficult to clean. stained or damaged shingles usually must be replaced. acoustic tiles suspended channels plastic or metal ceiling are easy to replace. To remove the old tile, push up, then tilt and slide out of the channels. Wear safety goggles to protect against dust.
Measure the old tile, or take them to a home center to buy a replacement. (Manufacturers often leave behind additional tiles for repairs, so check before you buy.) If the old tile is not a standard size, use it as a template to cut a replacement of a new tab.
To cut acoustic tiles, cut through it by several rating cuts with a sharp knife. Use the carpenter’s square ruler or steel as a rule. Cut at right angles so that the edges of the tile are vertical. To install the replacement tile, follow the removal steps in reverse.
tile replacement set directly on a roof or a frame of narrow tables called furring strips is more difficult. These tiles are held by staples, adhesives or both. Most also joined the locking edges.
To remove a damaged tile of this type, be sure to wear glasses. In addition, the old tiles may contain asbestos; unless you are sure that those you work with do not use a respirator rated for protection against asbestos particles; when finished, completely empty all the dust. Prevent contamination of other areas. Place the ladder to reach forward to the tiles; if the scale is just below, you will have a difficult time balance and are likely to be filled with rubble.
With a sharp knife, cut into small squares tile making two parallel cuts through a couple of inches in any direction. Remove the central square, and then drag the other squares one by one in open space due to the release of the narrow flanges, tongues of the tiles surrounding known. If necessary, cut the square into smaller ones.
Usually, both sides of the damaged tile will be sewn wide wings on the ceiling or nailing strips above the intact tabs adjacent tiles. Move free chips that are stapled, leaving behind the clips if not released. If one of the damaged tiles is removed and is stapled rest, cut flush with the tiles languages below.
When removing multiple tiles as a group, remove the first tile as described, then cut diagonally between the corners of a damaged neighboring tile. Breaking the second tile into pieces and remove the fragments by gently pulling and turning. Do the same with the rest of the damaged tiles.
Lift away the roof tiles glued with a spatula, and use the same tool to remove any dry adhesive.
To install a replacement tile in a single tile has been removed, use the knife first – with a ruler as a guide – to cut two large wings and one of the perimeters of languages floors. construction of acoustic tile or cement ribbon on the back of the tile, around three sides cut or where it will be in contact with the roof or nailing strips then spread.
Keep the tile cut around the edges and slide the tab into the slot of an adjacent tile. The use of language as a hinge, press the tile up so that the tail is in contact. Driving one or box (1 4/1 inches) of nails on the opposite side of the three-denier to complete the adhesive tab.
To avoid accidentally hitting the floor pounding, pounding nails in one-eighth inch from the surface; then use a nail with a hammer to drive nails until their heads are aligned. Nailheads cover with paint to hide. Install game chip parts, the use of staples, either for themselves if the tiles are fixed to the battens, or with an adhesive if the tiles are fixed directly to the ceiling. Let flanges and languages without cutting back on all the tiles, but the last.
To fix the tiles with individual clips, drag each piece into place so that its tabs enter the slots existing tiles. Then, using a stapling machine staples installed in the two wide wings that are exposed.
The tiles must be anchored firmly, but being able to expand and contract with changes in humidity. The usual practice of the tiles 12 inches on each side (standard size) is just three staples evenly in a sling and put a clip on the far side of the flange of the neighboring end.
For tiles, 16 inches square (another standard size), using four clamps a flange and the end farthest from the other. For tiles, double size (12×24 inches), put five staples in the flange on the long side and a closure at the end of the flange on the short side. Try installing staples at an angle to the edges of the flanges, not parallel to them, to increase their holding power.
If a group of tiles to be cemented into place, apply glue or cement to each tile as described. Then fit the tiles in place, one at a time, against their neighbors. Then install two clips in each brimmed to keep the tiles until the adhesive cures.
With either staples or glue, install the final tile as described for the installation of a single substitution.