Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Douglasville, GA
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Thanks to all for the responses. You've given me a lot of good ideas. Sorry I haven't replied sooner. Been put of town for 5 of the past 6 weeks and my father in law passed away recently so the theater has taken a back seat.
Most of you have shown various methods of decoupling the soffit, which was one way I was considering. Dennis suggests just framing the soffit and then decoupling the drywall from the soffit (the other way I was considering). Two of the walls I'm adding (front and back) will be decoupled with RSIC-DC04. The other two are existing (the side walls) and the drywall will be decoupled with RSIC-V.
1. Do I need to put RSIC-V on the front and back walls that will already be decoupled or is that overkill?
2. I kind of prefer the method Dennis suggested except for the extra width it will add to my soffit on one of my walls in order to clear existing gas lines and ducts (I know it's only a couple of inches but I'm already pushing it at 26" wide and I'd have to make the others just as wide to be unoform). I'll probably do a combination of both methods. My question is: If my side walls are mounted on RSIC-V, would it be structurally sound to attach the horizontal portions of the soffit to the drywall, without attaching it the the frame? I wish I could attach a picture, but if you look at picture #5 of John's post above, and just imagined that the wall framing wasn't decoupled, but the drywall was, could I just mount the 2x2 directly to the drywall?
Sorry if none of this makes sense. It's late at night. I appreciate all your help.