Bead board on plaster ceilings?


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Old 03-11-13, 07:50 PM
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Bead board on plaster ceilings?

I have an older house (almost 90 years old) with plaster walls and ceilings. We had some water damage, in the living area downstairs that tore some painted wallpaper off our ceilings. I would like to hang bead board on the ceilings to cover everything (and to match our front entry way) but I have never worked with plaster before. How do I fasten it securely to the ceilings? I am a band new retired, DIY-er so please be specific. I also want to patch some cracks in the wall where I tore off painted wallpaper. It looks like I've lived in a construction zone for years since I didn't know how to proceed. Please give me your feedback so I can repair it all.
 
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Old 03-11-13, 09:10 PM
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I would like to hang bead board on the ceilings to cover everything (and to match our front entry way) but I have never worked with plaster before. How do I fasten it securely to the ceilings?
Is the plaster damaged, or just missing its paper? I would restore the plaster and paper, but I'm kinda obsessive like that.

The way you install the new ceiling depends on two things: whether you want to remove the existing ceiling and the material you'll be using. So what kind of material are you planning to use? 1/4" prefinished 4' X 8' panels, 2-5/8" X 3/8" unfinished ceiling stock or 2- 5/8" X 5/8" unfinished partition stock?
 
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Old 03-12-13, 02:46 AM
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Or are you planning on using 1 x 6 T&G planks? In any instance you may not have a problem since you have a lath work behind the plaster which will give a good nailing surface. This is a job I did for a client who had us install it directly over a sheet rock ceiling. I believe we used 1x6 tongue and groove on this one, smooth side out.

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Some pics might help us to give better advice - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html

I would think screwing strapping to the ceiling and then attaching the bead board to the straps would be the best bet on the ceiling..... but I'm the painter, not one of the carpenters

Generally a setting compound like durabond works best for repairing plaster [unless you know how to apply plaster] If the damaged areas are chalky/dusty, they may need to be primed first.
 
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It would be a mess but if the plaster is badly damaged, it might be better to remove it first.

Some pictures would help, as Mark suggested.
 
 

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