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larjoranj 03-06-2006 12:18 AM

Hardwood Ceiling
I have an unfinished bonus room and I would like to put hardwood on the ceiling. Rafters are spaced at 16". Will 3/4" hardwood flooring planks work? I was planning on 5" plank width.Will they warp since they will be exposed to more temperature variations than on a floor? I assume the ends should land on a rafter and not float. Since I'll be working overhead, the hammer-type floor nailers won't work so what do you suggest? Air-powered 2" nailers? Any suggestions appreciated.

joed 03-07-2006 06:18 PM

I have done this with thin pine paneling but not with 3/4" flooring. You definitely want a air nailer. Your arm will fall off trying nail this up by hand with a hammer. We put up a plywood first but then we were install 1/4" pine.

Teetorbilt 03-07-2006 07:09 PM

You have seasonal movement and weight working against you. I'd do as joed said and start with ply, that will allow you to nail closer than 16". Have you considered something lighter than 3/4"? I do a lot of 3/8" beadboard T&G that we prefinish.

bob the builder 03-07-2006 10:13 PM

I helped my uncle put 3/4" hardwood (which I thought was an odd choice) on his ceiling and it still looks good. Screwed plywood up first... arms and neck will definatley be feeling the effects...


747 03-10-2006 04:33 AM

Carsiding. If you don't know what that is i think its tongue and grove pine. Isn't it. You can definately do a ceiling in it because i had a carpenter do the ceiling in my den in it and it looks awesome.

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