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Hi. Thinking about doing some DIY with an interior bead board ceiling. Plywood type because I feel the real planks would be costly? Haven't priced it out yet, but just a guess! Home Depot had one plank 6" X 8' for 6 bucks and change.. The 4 x 8' sheets were 20 and change. Real wood plywood or the MDF stuff? I usually try and stay away from any products MDF because they release gas into the air aren't exactly healthy... Thoughts? Which ever type I end up using, can it be applied right over existing drywall? Nail and glue?
 
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The 4'x8' sheets also come in various woods. Look at a regular lumber yard, not just the big box stores.

I would never glue anything like that because if you ever want to take it down you would ruin the drywall.
 
Posts: 7215 | Location: North MN & Northern AR | Registered: Oct 01, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I wouldn't use 4x8 sheets unless I could install it without seams on the 4' wide ends. So if your room is wider than 8', which is likely, you'd have a 4' wide butt joint between the pieces. You'd need to add a piece of moulding to cover this seam. The 8' long seams would be largely unnoticeable because of the grooves manufactured into the sheet goods.

I would certainly start by pricing the real deal. They make very thin real wood beadboard that would work in this application. The butt joints with this can be staggered, if the pieces aren't long enough to go wall to wall. It can be glued with construction adhesive but as metwo points out if you tire of the look you'll be in for some drywall repair work. If you go perpendicular to the joists you could nail it into the joists. A trim nailer will be your best friend on this project.


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Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

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MDF gives off gas? Never heard that before. Can anyone confirm this?
 
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Bob, I looked it up. Has formaldehyde in the glue. Does give off an odor which decreases over time. Sealing with paint, poly or the like usually seals any odor.
 
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I suspect it outgasses pretty quickly, but if you are sensitive to it and the house is finished and lived in it might cause an issue.

A lot of products used in construction outgas for several weeks or months after they are installed but if they go into the house while it is under construction they are normally done outgassing before the owners move in.


General Disclaimer

Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

 
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Thanks for the comments. Lowe's has a nice wide plank style beadboard plywood... It's hardboard though, obviously sine real wood could never support the deep grooves. Is this stuff really bad, to the point where I should avoid it? I'm pretty health oriented but not crazy.
 
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