cedar planks for ceiling

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Forum topic by mikeho posted 01-19-2010 04:06 AM 5974 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2010 04:06 AM

My son is remodeling his basement and is thinking about using cedar planks from Lowes for the ceiling. They are tongue and groove. Any thoughts or suggestions? What would be the right way to nail them (kind of nail ect)? He is thinking he will leave them rough and no finish.

-- Mike, Thedford NE

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#1 posted 01-19-2010 04:47 AM

Nail them on the tounge at an angle so the nails don’t show.

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#2 posted 01-19-2010 04:51 AM

Tell him to run a string perpendicular across the floor joists, nailed to the first and last one. Then eyeball where the string crosses all the other joists. This will tell him how level, or out of level the floor joists are. If it hits some, and misses some, he will need to install some shims to provide a level surface for the planks. The planked ceiling will appear wavy it he just nails the planks to the joists without ensuring how level they are in relation to each other. It can be a lot bigger job than it appears if the joists are all over the place.

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#3 posted 01-19-2010 05:31 PM

If he is nailing anything to the ceiling make sure there are no juntion boxes for electrical. By code, they all must be accesable. You may want to make up some sort of T track from cedar and then put cedar panels in like a suspended ceiling. This will also help in the leveling department too.

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