07:28AM | 01/17/03
Member Since: 01/16/03
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I'm finishing my basement and plan to drywall the upper part of the walls, with beadboard paneling on the lower 32 inches.

How to I get the surface levels of the paneling and the drywall to match, since the paneling is much thinner than the 1/2-inch drywall? Or is it important. Do I need to fur out each stud where the paneling will fall?

I'll be installing a chair rail, of course, at the point where the two meet.


08:48AM | 01/17/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
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Yep. You'll have to fur out each stud at the bottom. The good news is that you can use any cheap plywood to do the job as long as the combined thickness of the panelling and the furring equals the drywall thickness.


10:56AM | 01/17/03
Member Since: 01/16/03
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Thanks for the information. Do you suggest I glue the furring strips to the studs, so as not to have nails in places where they may be hit when putting on the paneling?


02:02PM | 01/17/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
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The chances of your hitting a nail with a nail are so remote as to be.....

....yeah, I'd glue the furring strips. With my luck, I'd hit every nail there.

doug seibert

03:33AM | 01/18/03
Member Since: 08/10/02
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If the paneling is that thin.....I'd put it OVER the drywall backing........I think paneling only would bow/warp and would not take the "abuse" the lower wall could sustain.........

The chair rail.......Rabbetted...... will cover the edge of the panel..........


07:00PM | 01/21/03
drywall the whole height of the wall then put the bead board over it. Not only easer, stronger, but more likely to meet fire code.
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