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Basement Ceiling QuestionMay 10, 2017

I manage a small condo building (28) units. We currently have drop ceilings in the basement, which I've led to believe are not legal by NYC Code. Can anyone confirm this? In addition, if this is in fact true, I would like to remove the drop ceiling and leave the pipes exposed, paint same and clean up the pipes/wires. Any thoughts? Would appreciate input. Thanks!

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Basement Ceiling - peoples choice #1 May 11, 2017

I like your idea of removing those ugly ceiling tiles and cleaning up and painting the pipes. Have you tried to removed one to see what's going on up there? It sounds like your leaning for removing them. I'd go for it. Good Luck.

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Basement ceiling infrastructure - Steven424 May 11, 2017

I agree with PC1, go ahead and remove the ceiling. I've not heard of any laws about the legality of a drop ceiling in the basement, but I'm sure removing it will not cause any headaches.

In case you're not aware, there are some color-coding and labeling requirements for exposed infrastructure. For instance, all pipes that carry water for your sprinklers and other fire suppression services must be painted red. All natural gas pipes need to be labeled every so many linear feet (yellow stick-on labels are available for this). Your property manager should know about these requirements and help you with them.

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