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amakarevic 06-30-2008 03:08 PM

planing uneven beam bottoms for ceiling sheetrock
 
is this a common practice for older homes where some beams may have subsided slightly ? my house is 100 yrs old. i definitely have some uneven beam bottoms, no more than 1/4' between adjacent beams.

Maintenance 6 06-30-2008 04:00 PM

Lumber was pretty good back in that day, but finishing techniques weren't always the best. It's not uncommon to see framing lumber in older homes with a lot of variation. 1/4" isn't too bad. You can see almost that much today.

amakarevic 06-30-2008 04:14 PM

thanks. so, should i resort to the proposed technique ?

Termite 06-30-2008 04:16 PM

I would not plane them. It'll be more work than it is worth. I'd suggest adding strips of lumber to the side of them or perpindicular to them to fur the entire ceiling down just a little bit to make up for the variations. Pretty easy to do with a laser or a long straight edge.

RippySkippy 06-30-2008 04:17 PM

I wouldn't....that's a lot of work for a relatively small gain. I'd use sheet rock shims in the area above the lowest plane. Once you finish, most likely you'll never see it.

Termite 06-30-2008 04:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RippySkippy (Post 134933)
I wouldn't....that's a lot of work for a relatively small gain. I'd use sheet rock shims in the area above the lowest plane. Once you finish, most likely you'll never see it.

Me and RippySkippy are thinking with the same brain. He said it better though.

amakarevic 06-30-2008 04:19 PM

okay - i just wanted to add a planer to my toy kit and was looking for an excuse ...

bjbatlanta 07-23-2008 03:17 PM

I think I'd have to find a better excuse than to have to use it overhead on a bunch of semi-petrified (probably oak) ceiling joists!! OH my aching shoulders!! I'd bet there's a couple of doors that could use a shave though.


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