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Old 02-25-2012, 10:08 AM   #1
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Stapping a ceiling in old farm house..


Im trying to figure out how to strap my ceiling in my farm house...The room is 19ft by 11ft and the beem are 39'' apart running long ways in the rm...The problem is that the ceiling is out 2 3/4 out from front to back..

Before the ceiling has 12by 12 tiles, but my girlfriend flooded the ceiling..Now im looking to do drywall.

Hoping you have some suggestions?

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Old 02-25-2012, 10:12 AM   #2
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When you say it's out, do you mean it saged in the middle of the room, lower on one end?
A picture would be nice.
What the width of the ceiling joist?

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Old 02-25-2012, 10:23 AM   #3
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The beams range in thickness from 4'' to 6''3/16

It ranges across each beam..For example running the stapping across the beam you are 1''1/2 shimming, next beem 3/4'', and then 3/8...Its like that across the beams..

I rented a laser level that shot the circumrance of the rm..I took measurements from the beams to the laser line...The meaurements are all different everywhere on the beams...for example in front corner you are 36'' then 2ft back on the beam you are 35''7/8 and then 4ft back you are 36''3/16..Its like across each beam..Its like a roller coaster..
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Lets make sure were all using the same terms. The wood holding up your ceiling is called ceiling joist, I think your calling them beams.
We really need a picture. Your measurements are pretty confusing to picture in my little pea brain.
I've never seen ceiling joist that changed width along there width unless someone at one time cut them instead of fixing the real problum with the ceiling being out of level.
Not sure were your measuring from to come up with 36".

Most often the ceiling joist run from the center of the home to the outside walls, sounds like yours do not which would be strange.
So far it sounds like a complete do over. The spacing of the joist is to far apart, there not the same width along the length, there not level, sounds like the spans are to long.
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I think he has solid wood beams. Flooring was attached to top. Think old.
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The beams are sold wood and they havent been cut..Yes, they actually called floor joints....Yes the upper level floor is atached to them...

The house was build in the early 1800's..Im not really surprised they are not level,

None of these replys are any help what so ever..
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I wouldn't attempt to "strip" something that far out.

Instead, I would "sister" all the beams with 2x material, starting with the lowest one.

Install that one sistered 2 x, level all the way across, and then level all the rest of the sistering pieces from that 2x.

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