Re: Bead board installation question
Originally Posted by SophieC
T&G beadboard is nailed through the tongues. So if you're a RH'ed person, it's easier to work it from left to right. It is possible to break a pattern (especially above a door where it's less noticeable) and run in both directions. It involves being able to do some woodworking to recreate one missing bead (from laying two groove edges next to each other) or live with the missing bead.
When you begin, sort through the material and find the very straightest boards for the first courses. I would check with a level and a tape measure every five courses to see if I was running off.
Having just finished restoring an old structure that was four rooms of floor to ceiling beadboard walls (the ceilings, too) I have handled a lot of it; and I answered under the assumption that you are in a full-wall scenario. If you're just wainscotting, then, absolutely, run it from the door casings in either direction, and make up the difference in the last board inside the corner, then start with a full board (scribed to be plumb) for the subsequent wall.
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