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Installing a wood-paneled ceiling


 

Installing lightweight boards to a ceiling is not difficult work. But it can be time-consuming for a couple of reasons. First, nothing goes quickly when you are working over your head. Itís just an uncomfortable working position. And second, most boards are relatively narrow, only 3 or 4 inches wide, so it just takes a long time to cover a ceiling in such small increments. Because all the butt joints between boards must fall on a ceiling joist or rafter, itís a good idea to snap chalk lines that mark the location of these members before you start nailing boards in place.

 

Step 1. Cut off the groove from the first board by ripping it using a circular saw. Run the saw along the backside of the board to get the cleanest cut line on the face of the board. Set the saw blade to a depth 1/2 in. deeper than the thickness of the board.

 

Step 2. Push the first board against the wall; then pull it back about 1/8 in. to create a small expansion gap. Nail the back of the board through the surface. Nail the front of the board through the tongue (inset).

 

Step 3. Periodically measure from the tongue edge of the last board back to the wall where you started. Do this in at least three places to make sure the boards are being installed in a straight line.

 

Step 4. All the butt joints between the boards should fall on a joist or a rafter. Predrilled the ends of the boards using a 1/16-in.-diameter drill bit to keep the boards from splitting when the nails are driven.

 

 

 

 

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