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Old 08-26-2008, 08:57 PM   #1
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I used ply to do my ceiling instead of sheet rock, can some one tell me what to use for the joints. or what I mean is how to do the seams. thanks

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What sort of finish are you trying to accomplish? I'm certainly hoping that you intend to have the plywood serve as a substrate for another material, such as a stamped tin ceiling. If not, why on earth would you want a plywood ceiling over a sheetrock ceiling?

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You can 3/4" screen mold if your joints are tight enough. If not rip some 1/4" thick pieces out of 2x4's.
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I'm certainly hoping that you intend to have the plywood serve as a substrate for another material, such as a stamped tin ceiling. If not, why on earth would you want a plywood ceiling over a sheetrock ceiling?

Wouldn't this also be a huge fire hazard if something horrible was to happen? I was always under the impression that code required some sort covering such as Sheetrock or tin.
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Wouldn't this also be a huge fire hazard if something horrible was to happen? I was always under the impression that code required some sort covering such as Sheetrock or tin.
Not a code issue in single family residential construction. But, I like your thinking.
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Interesting choice. I've seen several of these, but usually in a rustic cabin. You have several choices. If you intend on leaving the plywood exposed, you can buy lattice strips and nail them across the seams, making your ceiling into a giant sheet of graph paper. It looks a little hack, imo, but to each his own.
A client once asked me to remove the strips from their ceiling and, without ripping down the ply, finish off the ceiling like it was drywall. So, I removed the strips, primed the surfaces, then mixed some setting compound and finished the ceiling like it was drywall. The perimeter edges were covered by bed molding, which I just put back up.
Or, you can cover the ply with tin, beadboard, whatever.
Good luck.

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