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    Question tin ceiling tiles! help 1st time!

    kitchen ceiling is 13.5 ' x 13.5 '; starting in the middle of the room, as we have medallions in the design & lites coming thru the middle of them over the island. have already up there, sub ceiling & 2 layers of drywall. want to put up 2 x 2' tin ceiling tiles; during the overlapping, what happens when 4 corners meet - do u not have 4 layers of tin @ that point? how do u get around that so it doesnt look thicker than the other places? also, with the ceiling as described above, is it necessary to STILL apply more sub-ceiling? i am using adhesive & brad nails to apply the tiles. help????

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    Default Re: tin ceiling tiles! help 1st time!

    Hi, for one of my first jobs I installed 1600 sq. ft of tin ceiling and cornice in a restaurant. I did it by the book, over wood furring strips applied on the 2'x4' grid of the panels. Yes at a corner there's 4 plies of metal, but it's 19 gauge so pretty thin. You need to predrill there so the nail goes through easier. You use a block of wood to set the joints tight by tapping along the edge, and then caulk the seams. It's really easy, just mind the sharp edges, I still have a scar after 30 years.
    Casey
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    Default Re: tin ceiling tiles! help 1st time!

    If you think about the main viewing angles, place the tiles in overlapping fashion so you can't see the leading edges. Then the 4 layer buildup will not matter so much.

    If you use an air powered stapler there will be no need to pre-drill. Adjust the air pressure to depth.

    Caulk = latex sin forgiver

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    Default Re: tin ceiling tiles! help 1st time!

    I was using the original tin ceiling nails. They have domed/conical heads to emulate the beads along the edges of the panels. Air nailer my a$$!! I still had a small jar of them until last year when I used them up on a repair job at a house museum.
    W.F.Norman, Nevada, Missouri was the manufacturer.They were an original factory from the olden times still in business.
    Casey
    Remove not the ancient landmark, which your fathers have set.

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