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Paneling over studs


 

High quality sheet paneling is made of good plywood that is strong and durable. When nailed directly to the wall studs, as we show here, you’ll have a stable surface that looks like solid wood, at least from a couple feet away. But if you are using cheaper, fiberboard paneling, [ in mind that this product is much less substantial. To get a good job, install a layer of drywall underneath. If you’d like to include some sound-deadening in a sheet-paneled wall, then hang fiberglass bats between the studs; install drywall over the studs; and finish up by nailing the paneling over the drywall.
 

Step 1. Start in one room corner with a full sheet of paneling. Measure from the corner to the top and bottom of the stud that is 48 in. or less away. Transfer these measurements to the back of the panel, and connect the marks with a straight line. Cut along the line using a circular saw.

 

Step 2. Carefully measure the location of obstructions, like this electrical outlet, and cut out the hole with a saber saw. Check the panel for proper fit, remove it, and apply construction adhesive to the studs.

 

Step 3. Press the cut sheet against the wall, making sure it fits over the outlet box. Attach it using nails colored to match the paneling. Drive these into the wall studs, but don’t set the nail heads below the surface.

Step 4. Finish the paneling job by installing trim that’s stained to match the paneling. Add baseboards and shoe molding to the floor and casing boards around any windows and doors.

 

 

 

 

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