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10:32AM | 03/19/03
Member Since: 01/16/03
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I have just built a new front porch on my house and would like to have a tongue-n-groove beadboard ceiling.

The carpenter does not like my choice. He'd rather use plywood.

What do you say?


05:33PM | 03/19/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1278 lifetime posts
Your choice is a beautiful and classic one. It sounds like you have a hack for a carpenter instead of a craftsman. He is choosing the easasiest way without concern for final appearance.

Are you paying by the hour or for the job?

[This message has been edited by Piffin (edited March 19, 2003).]

Mark Hammond

07:15PM | 03/19/03
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
I don't know about his skills but his taste stinks. T&G beaded board is indeed a classic look and should be your choice anyway. Isn't it your home? MJH


02:29AM | 03/20/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
I don't know how large this is. I would consider putting up plywood first then applying the bead board. You can apply the bead borad in any direction (vertical, horizontal, diagonal, herringbone) with the plywood there.


06:09AM | 03/20/03
Member Since: 12/27/02
543 lifetime posts
I just got to toss in that perhaps your carpenter has assesed the situtaion at hand and feels that even with bead board applied at 19% moiture content there would still be a possibilty of buckling or seperation due the the lack of ventilation, & location with respect to the exposure to the sun & heat fluctuation.
Where a beadboard ply will give you close to the same look, be more stable, easier to install, and will save you some of your hard earned cash .. hard to tell from here, I'd ask the pro you've hired. He's probably thinking of you?

Mark Hammond

05:26PM | 03/20/03
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
The bead board can be installed over furring strips to give it the stability that it needs and small holes can be drilled if ventilation is a big problem. The furring strips allow more circulation than if applied directly over the joists so in most cases I don't see that as a problem. There are of course many ways to do most jobs and being on site has the advantage of seeing it firsthand. The carpenter's taste not withstanding he is probably looking out for you. Good luck.....MJH

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