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Installing a tin ceiling (Page 2)


Tin ceilings are making a comeback these days, about 100 years after their widespread popularity at the turn of the twentieth century. Many of the patterns available today are exact reproductions of original designs. These panels can be installed directly on the surface of a flat ceiling, if 3/8 in-thick plywood is installed first. But if the ceiling isnít flat, or if itís dam aged, install furring strips and shim them until they are flat. Then attach the tiles to the furring.
 

Step 3. Install crosspiece of furring between the main strips wherever the end of a ceiling panel falls. Toenail these short boards to the side of the longer boards.

 

Step 4. Carefully measure and mark the location of any obstructions, such as ceiling fixture boxes. Then drill a starter hole in the middle of the cutout, and cut the line using tin snips.

 

Step 5. Test fit the cut panel to make sure it will sit flat on the furring strips. Then attach it with nails. Make sure the power is off to the electric cable; then hang the fixture.

 

Step 6. Join trim pieces at the corners by installing a full piece along one wall. Then make a miter cut using tin snips on the end of the mating piece. The process resembles making a coped cut on wood trim.

Step 7. Gently push mating trim pieces together to check for fit. The first miter cut is rarely perfect. Usually it takes a few different cuts using the tin snips before the joint is tight.

 

 

 

 

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