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Old 12-27-01, 07:42 AM
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Where do I begin to put up horizontal boards which are being used as a wall covering? (I have removed paneling and found horizontal pine boards. One wall needs to be replaced and I am going to stay with the pine boards for all the walls and then paint them white.) There is a doorway on the wall where I am replacing boards. Do I start at the top? Directly over the doorway? I am thinking that the board over the doorway would look best if it's not cut to fit around the top of the door, but if I start at the ceiling level, the board over the top of the door will have to be cut to fit. Is there a customary place to begin? And what is the reason behind the suggestion?
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Old 12-27-01, 07:59 AM
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Are the board seams lined up from wall to wall on the other walls at the corners?
You might want to look at that to line it all up.
You can start at top or bottom, which ever gives you the desired finished look.
Good luck!
Old 12-27-01, 11:17 AM
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Thank you for your quick reply. "Board Seams"... Uh, oh. Sounds a little like sewing to me. I am unfamiliar with most carpentry language, but I will say this; The room, (7 1/2' X 11', bathroom), isn't exactly square, but I plan to put up the 7 1/2' boards to fit as best as possible, making sure they are level. (At least, that's the plan.) The corners will be caulked to fill in any gaps and then trim will be used to finish. The boards aren't tongue and groove, but they connect. I don't remember the name given for them.

From what you are saying, It sounds like you suggest that I start at the top or the bottom, whichever I *prefer*. Does that mean that top or bottom is the *best* place to start, or do you mean that it doesn't matter where I begin, just so I like the *finished look*, even if I begin over the doorway? If I don't begin over the doorway, the board over it will have to be cut horizontally to accomodate the opening, leaving the remainder of the board the standard size on either side of where I cut. Is there a customary way to do it? I will be looking at this wall everyday, so I want to do it *right*, if there is such a thing.

I hope that I'm explaining myself in an understandable way. I can picture it in *my* mind and that's what I hope that I have created for you in my description.

Obviously, I'm an amatuer, so your *professional* help is very much appreciated.

Thank you,
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He is reffereing to the seams in the other wall. The seams (where tongue meets groove) should be the same around the room. So you should consider where the the boards were placed on the other walls. Cuts will have to be made whether you start at the bottom, top, or above the door as it's doubtfull the floor to ceiling hieght distance is going to be divisible by the board width and leave you without a fraction. One issue for you is the finish around the door. If its trimmed with molding less than the thickness of the boards then the boards will protrude out from the molding. Their are solutions including extending the jam and placing the trim on top of the pine or replacing the trim with a 1*3 and butting the boards to it. A well made cut out around the door will blend and look fine.
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Thank you for your reply. Now I understand about the board seams! Thank you for the info about the trim around the door. The wall will be flush with the door jam, so I'll just add the trim and consider it done.

I have another question about a log wall in the same room, but I'll post it under a different heading.

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