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Old 07-21-2008, 07:27 PM   #1
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Hello,

We are wanting to put tin ceilings in a bedroom. We just finished laminate floor install in a 2,000 sq. ft. area, so we are capable folks. We would like some guidance if you have experience with this work.

1. Where did you buy your materials? We live in a small town and no one local has anything.

2. Any general or specific tips?

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Old 07-22-2008, 08:00 AM   #2
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I am fortunate that I can get 90% of my materials locally. Freight in is a big expense. Do you have a local lumber yard? Most lumber yards order from different vendors and get their materials trucked in and they can sometimes aggregate your material with their shipments. For me, a 30-40 mile one way drive is common. If we need to go further (90+), we make a day of it. Use the web and research the products you want to use.
From the little research I've done, you should screw 1/2" plywood through the existing drywall into the existing ceiling joists for nailers. If you have overhead fixtures, lower the boxes or use box extenders. For a tin ceiling try Outwater Plastics, but they can be pricey.
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The plywood is a must. The nails won't grab very well in plaster or sheetrock. I would think that you could use 1/4" ply, but I haven't ever tried doing a tin ceiling myself.
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1/4" should be enough to to hold a ring nail, but I recommend 1/2" to minimize the bounce when nailing.
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Hello,

Thanks for the feedback.

Right now we have exposed studs and insulation, along with plumbing. I figured to use 1/4" plywood and basically frame the ceiling using the plywood. From there, the project seems pretty simple.

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Hello,

Thanks for the feedback.

Right now we have exposed studs and insulation, along with plumbing. I figured to use 1/4" plywood and basically frame the ceiling using the plywood. From there, the project seems pretty simple.

Thanks again,

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If there's no rock currently hanging on the ceiling joists I'd definately use 1/2" plywood.
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1/2" instead of 1/4"? Unfinished is fine since it will be hidden, correct?

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5/8" will work. Gently swing the hammer, or if you have an air nailer set the pressure low to avoid crushing the tin.
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1/2" instead of 1/4"? Unfinished is fine since it will be hidden, correct?

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Jim,
Yes, since there's not the added weight of the sheetrock in this case, additional plywood weight won't be an issue. Therefore, I'd suggest 1/2" plywood as a substrate. It will be more rigid than 1/4" would be, and would be easier to hammer the tiny tile nails on, as a previous poster pointed out.

The previous post mentioned an air nailer for applying the tin ceiling. Although a nailer would aid in installation of the plywood, I would absolutely advise against using one for the tin tiles themselves. Air-driven brads and trim nails lack sufficent head to properly secure the tiles, and a framing nailer is just overkill. You'll want to use a light hammer and nails that match the tiles. You could use pan head screws in the same color to simplify installation, although I think they'd be noticeable.

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