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Old 09-11-2009, 09:00 AM   #1
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Suggestion for Deck Ceiling

I recently had my backyard deck coverd. The individual doing the work used tongue and groove on top of the beams and attached a metal roof to it with long wood screws. Most of the screws are now visable on the inside and the beautiful tongue and groove looks terrible. I am looking for some ideas on what to do on the inside ceiling to make it look good. I would have thought he would have used plywood on the top roof layer and then finished it on the inside with tongue and groove or some other material that would look nice.

PS We worked four days taking the deck he made apart and redoing it so we could screen each section on the inside. We have completed that project but we are still stuck with these screws hanging down. I realize beadboard is an option, but are there any other inexpensive ideas out there?

Would love to hear from you.


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Old 09-11-2009, 12:27 PM   #2
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That's a real shame.
Since you have the T&G there and probably prefer the look of the wood,I'd try to cut the portion of the screws that extend below the wood so they are flush.
Use a pair of nippers.
If there was any of" blow-out" where the screws came through ,a stain and putty may help hide the damage.
Stain before you patch any damage to avoid smudges,then patch with a matching wood putty.
Then its just a matter of trying to dab a bit of paint on the end of the exposed screws.
Hopefully he used stainless fasteners so you wont have to worry about rust.

That's all I got short of recovering it.


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Old 09-15-2009, 04:30 AM   #3
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Lucy, I agree with the previous post on the nippers although they are not really rated for screws. Here is a decent Nipper from Channellock:

If you have a Dremel rotary tool there is a new Cut-Off wheel that I have used with great success to cut screws and even a hardened steel lock.
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