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Old 06-30-2008, 04:08 PM   #1
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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.

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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.

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thanks. so, should i resort to the proposed technique ?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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okay - i just wanted to add a planer to my toy kit and was looking for an excuse ...
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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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