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    Default Bead board installation question

    Hi guys & gals.....

    I am in the process of doing some work in one of my bathrooms. I plan to install bead board (not the panel type)as a wainscot. My walls, once I removed old paneling and tile board, are solid wood on the studs. The boards are about 11" wide and most likely long leaf pine 3/4" thick. I am removing these wall boards where the bead board will be installed so that the bead board is flush with the remaining wall boards above. I am assuming that I will need to install some pieces of 2x4 between all the studs to have something to nail the tongues to.....is that correct? If so, from the floor up, what should the spacing be?

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    Sophie
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    Default Re: Bead board installation question

    Sophie,

    How dimensionally stable is the bead board? Every 16" would be the usual. You can shorten that if the math works out to a different number. The danger to think about is the wainscot warping over time. The placement of the wall blocking is designed to stop that. More is always better in this case.

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    Default Re: Bead board installation question

    The bead board will be newly purchased......it does not exist in the house presently.
    peace,
    Sophie

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    Default Re: Bead board installation question

    Sophie, if it were me I would put the 2 X 4 blocking ever 8 to 12 inches and be sure to seal all 6 sides of the bead board before installing.

    Jack
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    Default Re: Bead board installation question

    Hey Sophie,
    Are you affected by the floodings?

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    Default Re: Bead board installation question

    If these boards are interior sheathing (the exterior siding is applied right over the studs) maybe you oughtn't remove it, as it would be adding structure and stability to the framing. If it's on partition walls, feel free to pull it. Really, IMO there's nothing wrong with leaving it and applying the beadbord on top of it, other than losing 3/4" of space in the room.
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    Default Re: Bead board installation question

    Quote Originally Posted by JLMCDANIEL View Post
    Sophie, if it were me I would put the 2 X 4 blocking ever 8 to 12 inches and be sure to seal all 6 sides of the bead board before installing.

    Jack


    Im with Jack on this one. Ive done it a few times in the past. I even installed tyvek I had laying around behind the WC Paneling
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    Default Re: Bead board installation question

    Quote Originally Posted by JLMCDANIEL View Post
    Sophie, if it were me I would put the 2 X 4 blocking ever 8 to 12 inches and be sure to seal all 6 sides of the bead board before installing.

    Jack

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    Jack.........do I need to seal the other 5 sides with paint as well, or is one coat of primer enough?
    peace,
    Sophie

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    Default Re: Bead board installation question

    answering for jack, the primer is all you need as long as it is a sealer quality primer. the primer will seal the wood and grab the finish coat of paint. the finish paint just has to go on the face of the wainscotting, dont forget to touch up any cut edges though with paint to keep it sealed
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