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gwilkrrs 12-10-2012 06:58 AM

tongue and groove plank instead of sheetrock wall covering?
i plan on installing all wood tongue and groove planks instead of sheetrock on my walls and cielings of my addition. my question is since i will be running the walls vertical i need something as a backer- should i use 3/8" sheetrock or plywood for this? i was even thinking about 1/4" masonite but it will be too flimsy and expensive i think...... thoughts?

rossfingal 12-10-2012 07:04 AM

Use 1/2 inch plywood - better nailing -
unless you're going to add "nailers" between the studs.
Even with "nailers" (blocking) - I would add 3/8 inch D-wall.
Don't use masonite.


gwilkrrs 12-10-2012 07:07 AM

sorry should have stated before- no nailers between studs-
i guessded masonite would be a loser.
you figure 1/2 in stead of 3/8? i wonder about the windows and doors all needing jamb extensions then since that will be a thick wall.....

joecaption 12-10-2012 07:07 AM

No less then 1/2" sheetrock.
The other materials would be useless, just to thin or flimsy.
Still going to need at least one coat of tape and compound so there's no air leaks.

gwilkrrs 12-10-2012 07:11 AM

good call on the tape- i had thought the t-g would lock out the air but......

rossfingal 12-10-2012 07:24 AM

We've had success with adding blocking and 3/8 D-wall (glued) and screwed
to the studs/blocking.
1/2 inch - better!
At least one coat of tape on the joints.
T&G will not block the air out.
If you're going to install blocking - you can use 1 X 4 - turned flat side to the interior -
inside face of the studs.
More room for insulation.


joecaption 12-10-2012 07:25 AM

They sell T X G as thin as 3/8 for walls and ceilings.
I use 1/2" to cut down on the spliting.
To fasten I've been using a narrow crown pneumatic staple gun.
The tip fits right on the radis of the tongue.
Good point about using plywood, I would use T X G plywood.
I'm just used to having to cover walls that have already been sheetrocked.
My bad.
Jamb extentions are really easy to make so do not let that scare you.

md2lgyk 12-10-2012 07:42 AM

I would also use glue. I have a hard time believing drywall would hold the staples very well.

I also suggest you consider leaving the ceiling or one wall with the drywall showing. I have a log house and can tell you that too much wood can be overpowering. We drywalled all the interior walls (the few we have) for that reason.

joecaption 12-10-2012 07:49 AM

I've been using this.

Best part it's water clean up, no off gasing, no having to apply push the pieces together, pull them apart, wait, then reapply like some adhesives.

rossfingal 12-10-2012 07:53 AM

Depending on whether you're going to use plywood or D-wall -
the length of the fasteners, presupposes that: they are long enough to
penetrate (adequately) into the blocking/framing/substrate.

rossfingal 12-10-2012 08:12 AM

Also - whatever type of T&G you're going to use - 3/8, 3/4....
Get it into the place where it's going to be used - a week or 2 before the install -
After any D-wall taping has occurred!

hand drive 12-10-2012 09:00 AM

Also, let the electrician know what you are using so the boxes and switches will be set out far enough, otherwise fire rings will be in order...

ddawg16 12-10-2012 10:16 AM

I would be inclined to want to use Type X drywall for fire protection....especially on the ceiling.....

gwilkrrs 12-10-2012 11:27 AM

thanks for all the suggestions! now for some research.....

jagans 12-10-2012 05:45 PM

Furring strips
Insulate between studs, staple plastic vapor barrier to studs, run 1 x 2 pine strips horizontally 16 inches on center as nailers for T&G. Buy windows and doors with jambs extended. You cant nail into sheetrock. I guess Plywood would work, but expensive. You definately want a pneumatic finish nailer or stapler that takes a 1.25 inch staple for this job.

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