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09-18-09, 08:37 PM   #1  
Repairing Beadboard

Hi,
I am hoping you can help me. I am a beginner, but eager to learn. I have beadboard paneling in an upstairs bathroom. The type that each board appears to be two boards with a ridge in between.
When it was installed, he glued the tongue and grooves and nailed it to the wall. Well, now it is splitting terribly. I patched it using wood putty, sanded and repainted and that lasted about 2 months. There are gaps that are about 1/3 in wide. Can I do anything to fix it, or do I have to tear it out and start over?
Thank you for any guidance you can provide.

 
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09-19-09, 04:24 AM   #2  
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Why did he glue the T&G?

I'm not sure what can be done to repair it Running your HVAC may help to minimize the expanding/contracting of the wood that has made the glue mistake apparent.


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09-19-09, 12:03 PM   #3  
Hi,
He was a novice, too. He researched it and thought that was the way to do it. Thank you for your help. I went ahead and tore it out. Sniffle. I am going to replace it with wainscoting paneling. What is the correct way to affix it to the wall? Nails or caulk/glue?

 
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09-19-09, 04:19 PM   #4  
What type of wainscottong do you plan to use? 4' wide panels can be nailed and it doesn't hurt to use some adhesive. Be sure your joints land on a stud. If you plan to use the 1x6 T&G boards they need something to nail to - inbetween the studs. You could install nailers across the studs to nail the boards to and create a 2" ledge across the top.

I think some just glue the T&G that falls between studs but I don't know how well that works - I'm a painter not a carpenter


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09-19-09, 09:33 PM   #5  
Thank you very much. I got the 4' wide panels. Hopefully it will go well. Have a great weekend!

 
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09-21-09, 10:22 AM   #6  
Gosh, you're fast. I was going to suggest saving some of the beadboard (if salvagable), run perlins at 32" and about 12" around the room between the studs and apply the beadboard vertically. Then stand sheetrock on top of that, and finish with a chair rail. Good luck with the installation.
And I'm not even going to comment on gluing the boards. Oh, heck yes I am. By gluing them, he allowed no room for expansion or contraction, which would have taken place well with only finish nails through the tongue into the studs. C'est la vie.

 
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