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Old 12-03-2009, 05:38 AM   #1
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I am going to be installing wainscoting made from tongue and groove beadboard planks in my basement (dry space, central air and heat). I have read several places, including the manufacturers instructions, that I can glue these to the existing wallboard. In Trim Carpentry, part of the Build Like A Pro series, it says to never glue beadboard because it will crack. If I don't glue I will have to cover the wall with plywood before adding the bb planks. Has anyone had experience with glueing beadboard?

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How thick is the bead board?

I think gluing would be just fine, although I have never done so.

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I believe it is 3/8". It comes bundled at HD.
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Glue it--Tack it in with brads in a place where the trim will hide the nail holes.

Check with a level about every fourth board.--MIKE--
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I agree with O'mike.
That should work out just fine for you.
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Mike is right on. I just did this in my bathroom and used liquid nails and 1-1/4" brads and it worked perfect. Once that glue sets up nothing is going to take that down. Also not sure how it would crack? I bought mine at Lowe's and it is basically an MDF material so not sure how it would crack.
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MDF could not crack, in theory solid wood could crack. If opposite edges of the board were glues solid and the board shrank it could crack in the middle. But it's not very likely to happen, especially not when glued to drywall.
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Oh! Oh! MDF beadboard in the bathroom! Just what I am contemplating! Did you do anything special because it was going in a damp place?
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Oh! Oh! MDF beadboard in the bathroom! Just what I am contemplating! Did you do anything special because it was going in a damp place?

Nothing different than normal. Since the panels came primed I did apply 2 coats of kitchen/bath trim paint which is designed for the moisture prone areas.

Turned out great.
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glue it--tack it in with brads in a place where the trim will hide the nail holes.

Check with a level about every fourth board.--mike--

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I bet what they're talking about is not glueing the boards together. If you do that it will definitely crack when it shrinks. I must have taken 2,400 SF of beadboard out of my house.
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I just did my bathroom and kitchen with beadboard. In the bathroom I put thin lath on the walls first, at each stud. I did this because I put a narrow shelf on top of the beadboard behind my bathtub. I used my nail gun to secure the shelf to the lath, plus I glued it. I nailed the beadboard to the lath. It turned out really nice. I've attached pictures. In the kitchen I glued and nailed it right to the wall.

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Definitely glue and nail, but I'd use 18 gauge brads to keep the heads small. A couple of brads into the studs where possible (in one of the grooves if it hits right rather than the face). Tack through the tongue at an angle where there are no studs and slip the groove for the next piece over the tongue. Brads will hold in the drywall until the glue sets and are hidden from sight. Did a dining room with a shelf like Cherie's pic above for a customer. A nice look.....
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I installed recently in my bathroom as well and glued and nailed as well. I put these up after the trim so didn't have the ability to nail where trim was going. put a little patch filler in the nail holes and can't see them after painting.
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My customer left hers natural (no paint), so I hid the nails/brads in the tongue of the panel where there was no stud. A brad was used top and bottom into framing which was covered by trim and about 3 into each stud in the face of the board (48" pieces). The brads/nails are less conspicuous in the grooves if you're lucky enough to be able to nail it that way.....

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