Paneling 1 - Introduction Paneling 1 - Introduction
Paneling is a dramatic and easy way to finish the walls of a room. Paneling comes in two basic forms - solid-wood boards in various widths (many of which are tongue-and-groove fit) and wood-faced 4' x 8' panels. In this section you will learn how to install wood-faced panels on several different surfaces, with special techniques to fit panels around openings and to custom-cut uneven intersections. One part of the section describes the installation of tongue-and-groove solid-wood boards on a wall. In addition, you will discover some shortcuts and useful tips on trim for your new walls.
Before You Begin SafetyAlthough paneling is not a difficult do-it-yourself project it is always a good idea to develop safe work habits and stick to them.
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- Use the appropriate tool for the job.
- Keep blades sharp. A dull blade requires excessive force and can slip and cause accidents.
- Wear the proper respirator when using adhesives with toxic fumes.
- Wear rubber gloves when using solvents.
- Be careful when lifting, to avoid unnecessary strain.
- Don't smoke. Extinguish pilot lights and open flames when working with adhesives. Some are highly flammable.
- Be sure tools are properly grounded.
- Use all proper precautions when using power tools.
- Use safety glasses or goggles whenever hammering or sawing.
Tip: When paneling is applied over existing white walls, a white streak can sometimes show through between the joints of two panels. You can avoid this by painting the existing walls with a 1 1/2" dark strip at these points.
- Furring - Usually 1 " x 2" or 2" x 2" strips of wood attached to masonry or uneven walls to provide cavities in which to install insulation and a suitable surface upon which to apply paneling or wallboard.
- Respirator - A device worn over the nose and mouth to filter out toxic fumes.
- Scribing - A method of transferring the line of an uneven surface to a panel, making use of a compass.
- Shim - Small wooden wedge used to even out furring strips, or to hold panels in place while attaching them to the wall.
- Vapor barrier - Material to prevent buildup of moisture between insulation and paneling.
- Wood-faced panels - 4' x 8' sections of plywood, one side laminated with hardwood veneer.