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What's above that suspended ceiling?

Discussion in 'Plastering and Rendering' started by Nurstin, 29 Apr 2017.

  1. Nurstin


    29 Apr 2017
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    United Kingdom
    We have a top floor flat in an 1890s Edinburgh tenement block. In the large room that serves as a kitchen/dining room there is a suspended ceiling to the corner furthest from the window, the corner that also houses the kitchen, cupboards, cooker, fridge/freezer etc. It is about 2.5ft lower than the high ceiling in the rest of the room. It has a light fitting and an extraction fan fitted to it.
    If I knock on it it sounds hollow and I think it's constructed from plasterboard. Unfortunately the highly decorative coving that encircles the rest of the room continues at an angle across where this lower part is.
    I would like to remove it and make use of the extra height but I am wary of just knocking it out with no knowledge of what might be behind it.
    Any ideas? Or should I just go for it?
    I suspect it will, at best, result in a new ceiling and renewing/extending the decorative coving into the corner. At worst, I could find a whole load of wiring/pipes/water tank etc and have to reinstate the lowered ceiling and be no better off than I am now. We have a combi-boiler and have no need for a water tank.

    All suggestions welcome.....
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  3. flameport


    10 Mar 2007
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    Poole, Dorset
    United Kingdom
    Take the fan out, use your phone to take pictures/video of what is up there.
    If full of stuff, then you can put the fan back with no damage.
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