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Old 12-05-2011, 05:22 PM   #1
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I have a 2x6 t&g sheathing that makes up our ceiling. I think the builder used wood putty between the cracks 50 years ago. looks like someone came along 6 years ago with caulk and filed in the groove. now its cracking again. anyone have an idea how to fill the cracks and prevent future cracking as much as possible. the only picture I could find I was testing possible coverups. I would rather use a filler or caulk.

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Old 12-05-2011, 05:34 PM   #2
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Those boards move way to much during the year to stop the gaps from opening up---

What kind of look are you trying for?

Might be easier to cover the boards up---

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I just wanted it to look cleaner without the cracks. I don't know if it can support to weight of drywall, but that would be the best looking way to go. I may have to use those pine 1 by 1/4 strips to hide the seams if its going to crack again in a year. Or beadboard and an inch of insulation.

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Looks like the T&G boards are laying on top of the beams?
They can easily support drywall.

That looks to be around 2 feet or so between bays?
I would carefully cut drywall to fit in between and use a cove molding around the perimeter to cover the edges and the screws.......
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I have 32" between beams. 5/8 drywall? Can I insulate with styrofoam panels without leaving space between insulation and sheathing.
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You could make a foam and drywall sandwich---I've done that several times without a problem--
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Ok I screw 5/8 drywall to the t&g with an inch of foam board between. cove molding for the edges. moisture wont cause a problem and the weight isn't an issue.
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Ok I screw 5/8 drywall to the t&g with an inch of foam board between. cove molding for the edges. moisture wont cause a problem and the weight isn't an issue.
Why 5/8" ?
why not 1/4" ?

one inch foam is good

that much of a span will require screws in the middle that will get spackled and sanded smooth for paint

You're on the right track
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For this one I would not go any thinner then 1/2. The reason being is I feel with the foam behind it using 1/4" the screws would be hard to keep from poping through the sheetrock.
I use 1/4" lots of times when covering old plaster walls but there's something solid behind it for more control on depth.
Also with a thicker sheetrock you would need less screws to hold it up, so there's less finish work.
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Also with a thicker sheetrock you would need less screws to hold it up, so there's less finish work.
sure...but 5/8" ?????

The 1/4" was just a thought for ease of handling......
...and I've used that over foam ...no problems
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