Recessed lighting in grid ceiling - Electrician Talk - Professional Electrical Contractors Forum
CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY, IT'S FREE!
Go Back   Electrician Talk - Professional Electrical Contractors Forum > Electrical Forum > General Electrical Discussion


Like Tree13Likes
  • 2 Post By JoeSparky
  • 1 Post By tmessner
  • 1 Post By splatz
  • 3 Post By B-Nabs
  • 1 Post By 99cents
  • 1 Post By quarky2001
  • 2 Post By readydave8
  • 2 Post By Cl906um
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-13-2019, 09:44 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
WPNortheast's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: CT
Posts: 277
Rewards Points: 178
Default Recessed lighting in grid ceiling

Hey everybody. I am wondering techniques you guys use to cut out 6 inch recessed lights in 2 x 2 drop ceiling tiles. I have like 90+ to do. I used to have this stupid thing with the dish that would catch the dust but sometimes it would start walking around and make a mess. It was adjustable and had a blade. Also to Tesla, I bid the job with the snap to in Arlington snap in MC connectors that also push in instead of screwing down. No locknut fiddling, no screwing in the clamps, you are 200% right about laborsaving materials be worthwhile. It’s just fantastic. The singles cost .87 vs regular locknut/screw type at .36.
WPNortheast is online now   Reply With Quote
Join Contractor Talk

Join the #1 Electrician Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

ElectricianTalk.com - Are you a Professional Electrical Contractor? If so we invite you to join our community and see what it has to offer. Our site is specifically designed for you and it's the leading place for electricians to meet online. No homeowners asking DIY questions. Just fellow tradesmen who enjoy talking about their business, their trade, and anything else that comes up. No matter what your specialty is you'll find that ElectricianTalk.com is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally free!

Join ElectricianTalk.com - Click Here JOIN FOR FREE


Warning: The topics covered on this site include activities in which there exists the potential for serious injury or death. ElectricianTalk.com DOES NOT guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information contained on this site. Always use proper safety precaution and reference reliable outside sources before attempting any construction or remodeling task!

Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 06-13-2019, 10:05 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: NH
Posts: 629
Rewards Points: 1,197
Default

If they are all going center in the tile, drill them over a trash barrel. Stack them face to face and back to back or if they are not installed yet, leave them shrink wrapped in the case. Measure 1 and drill through the whole pile a few at a time. Use a carbide grit hole saw - 6 3/8" size is like 20-30 bucks at the big box store
splatz and SummitElectric1 like this.
JoeSparky is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2019, 10:12 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
WPNortheast's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: CT
Posts: 277
Rewards Points: 178
Default

Sweet that’s what I was looking for
WPNortheast is online now   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 06-13-2019, 10:13 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: rural mn
Posts: 380
Rewards Points: 768
Default

forget the cans and use surface mount retros
Forge Boyz likes this.
tmessner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2019, 10:43 PM   #5
Modrateur
 
frenchelectrican's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Philippines
Posts: 8,634
Rewards Points: 16,780
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JoeSparky View Post
If they are all going center in the tile, drill them over a trash barrel. Stack them face to face and back to back or if they are not installed yet, leave them shrink wrapped in the case. Measure 1 and drill through the whole pile a few at a time. Use a carbide grit hole saw - 6 3/8" size is like 20-30 bucks at the big box store
X2 what he say above this one of the fastest way to deal and leave shrinkwrap on cuz it will hold all the titles in place when you make a plunge cut on them.

with standard hole saw as he posted the size you can blast thru about 2 or 3 depending on thickness and type of grid tile is. if you ever find a deep well verison you should able do at least 4 or 5 at once.
__________________
Bleu est beau.
frenchelectrican is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2019, 05:13 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
HackWork's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: -
Posts: 32,700
Rewards Points: 545
Default

I never liked going thru a whole case at once, too much risk widening or chipping the ones you already drilled. I just took out as many as the holesaw would drill and put them over a garbage can.
__________________
I'm trying to think, but nothing happens.
HackWork is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2019, 05:42 AM   #7
Hackenschmidt
 
splatz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Parts Unknown
Posts: 8,177
Rewards Points: 3,748
Default

If you're doing 90 and have plywood on hand it might be worth making a simple pattern / jig.
J F Go likes this.
__________________
Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, But Not Simpler
splatz is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2019, 08:33 AM   #8
Watt Pusher
 
B-Nabs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Port Coquitlam, Canada
Posts: 2,142
Rewards Points: 466
Default

Also if you're using a standard hole saw, running the hole saw backwards through the tile helps prevent it tearing chunks out at the edge of the cut. And always drill on the finished side to prevent the hole spalling out.

Sent from my SM-G920W8 using Tapatalk
shocksystems, splatz and armsjac like this.
__________________
Is that a real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?
B-Nabs is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2019, 10:26 AM   #9
Petulant Amateur
 
99cents's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Perky Nipples, Canada
Posts: 20,561
Rewards Points: 11,479
Default

Did some last week. Took the tiles outside and drilled them.
splatz likes this.
99cents is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2019, 03:59 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Canada
Posts: 117
Rewards Points: 228
Default

I mount the lights with brackets to the T-bar, wire it up, and then listen to the ceiling tile installers curse at me a few weeks later as they cut the tiles themselves :P

Then I go back later and pop the actual lamps into the cans.
splatz likes this.
quarky2001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2019, 06:17 PM   #11
Petulant Amateur
 
99cents's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Perky Nipples, Canada
Posts: 20,561
Rewards Points: 11,479
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by quarky2001 View Post
I mount the lights with brackets to the T-bar, wire it up, and then listen to the ceiling tile installers curse at me a few weeks later as they cut the tiles themselves :P

Then I go back later and pop the actual lamps into the cans.
Providing you’re given a window of time between installing the grid and tile.
99cents is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2019, 07:20 PM   #12
neutral member
 
readydave8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Clarkesville, Georgia
Posts: 1,478
Rewards Points: 572
Default

double-check hole saw size, all cans and wafers not the same
__________________
Dave Ruth
readydave8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2019, 10:32 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Cl906um's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 1,626
Rewards Points: 1,206
Default

Heck with the hole saw. Take a straight edge and scribe close to center diagonal both ways to find center, then use roto zip with circle cutter arm and let her rip. It's like two seconds a piece, and never ruins a tile when done from the backside.
jbfan and delaware74b like this.
Cl906um is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2019, 10:40 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Cl906um's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 1,626
Rewards Points: 1,206
Default

And if you decide to use a hole saw in ceiling tiles for say a 4" hole, don't be afraid to run the drill in reverse for it all. It cuts like butter and won't grab this way.
Cl906um is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:06 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Our Pro Sites Network
ContractorTalk.com | DrywallTalk.com | HVACSite.com | PaintTalk.com | PlumbingZone.com | RoofingTalk.com