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Wood Paneling Help

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09-14-06, 04:59 AM   #1  
Wood Paneling Help

My fiance and I recently purchased his grandmother's home, which is roughly 50 years old. His grandfather built it himself, and built a few of the walls in the living room and bedrooms out of 2X4 wood panels and then stained and finished them. My question is, would there be a problem to sheet rock over those walls? I think it would make the inside look much more updated and newer versus the 60's look it has now.

thanks for all your help,

Central Wisconsin

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09-14-06, 05:16 AM   #2  
You can usually install drywall over paneling. Be sure to use a long enough screw/nail to secure it to the wall studs.

You will also need to remove all the woodwork. If removed carefully it can be reused. The base board will need to be recut to the new dimensions. The windows and doors will need a piece of wood added the same thickness as the drywall. Electrical boxes will need extensions.

Good bit of work but very doable. I would consider removing the paneling only if you want/need to move/update wiring or insulation.

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