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Installing a Ceiling System in Confined Spaces such as corridors


According to most dictionaries a corridor is a gallery or passage connecting parts of a building, in other words it could be called an artery which ‘feeds’ a building not only by providing access for its inhabitants but also providing a semi-permanent route along which much of the services required for that building can be channelled. Services such as air conditioning ducting, electrical and data cabling, fire sprinkler pipework etc, etc.

Problem is in most cases nobody wants to see all of that clutter above their head. It has to be hidden behind a ceiling of some type. Most times that can be a problem because all that important equipment doesn’t leave much room to suspend the framework necessary to install either a flat set plasterboard soffit or a decorative acoustic tiled ceiling.

What’s not always known is that our Rondo KEY-LOCK® Concealed Ceiling System provides flexibility in spanning across corridors without the necessity to construct a primary framework suspended from the structure above which might prove problematic given the many obstructions.

Simply spanning Rondo 129 Furring Channel spaced every 450mm across a 1200mm wide corridor and screwed off each end to Rondo 140 wall track secured to the opposing walls will support one layer of either 10 or 13mm plasterboard and with the depth of the furring channel only being a nominal 30mm there is little chance you will have problems with clearance of the services.

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Have a wider corridor?

Should the corridor be wider, Rondo 155 48mm wide Furring Channel can single span from nearly 1500mm for 16mm and up to 1750mm for 10 & 13mm plasterboard with no problem at all, remembering to use Rondo 140 wall track to secure the Furring Channel.

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Still not enough?

Then why not utilise Rondo Steel Stud and Track. Our smallest 51 x 0.50mm stud can span up to over 1800mm for a 10mm plasterboard lining, for a layer of 16mm it will span just over 1700mm all spaced 600mm apart.

Simply fix the matching track along the opposing walls and screw the studs into place, just like a wall frame on its side.

Closing up the stud spacings, boxing studs, using a thicker gauge or a bigger stud, if space allows, will provide many different permutations to achieve your requirements.

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The span tables in the Rondo Professional Manual will open up a plethora of alternatives. But remember the above advice will not necessarily suit construction of a fire rated ceiling so in such instances you should consult your plasterboard manufacturer for a suitable system or send a technical enquiry to our friendly, knowledgeable Technical Representative for assistance.