Installing tongue and groove planks

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I'll be installing tongue and grove planks on a ceiling instead of drywall. It is a sloped ceiling. Which direction is down, the tongue or the groove?
 

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The groove, you want the tongue exposed.
The best way I've found to do this is with a narrow crown pneumatic staple gun.
 

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The groove, you want the tongue exposed.
The best way I've found to do this is with a narrow crown pneumatic staple gun.

It's a matter of aesthetics.

If the start board cannot be hidden behind the intersecting vertical surface, you can remove, or chamfer, the back of the grove.
 

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Also if you are going to finish the wood do it before installing it.
 

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The groove, you want the tongue exposed.
The best way I've found to do this is with a narrow crown pneumatic staple gun.

Would Brad nails be good?

It's a matter of aesthetics.

If the start board cannot be hidden behind the intersecting vertical surface, you can remove, or chamfer, the back of the grove.

There will be trim installed to cover the edge where it meets the walls.

Also if you are going to finish the wood do it before installing it.

You mean apply the finish on the boards before putting them up?
I don't think the ceiling will get some sort of coating for a while, if at all.
 

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Would Brad nails be good?



There will be trim installed to cover the edge where it meets the walls.



You mean apply the finish on the boards before putting them up?
I don't think the ceiling will get some sort of coating for a while, if at all.
Yes if you are going to finish the boards do so before putting them up, if not then any shrinking will show on the un finished part of the lumber. My avatar is the 1500 sq ft log home I built the only dry wall is in closets and the basement stair well, rest of the interior is all tong and grove.
 

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I just did this with my 3 season porch. I white-washed the boards before installing as I didn't want to be finishing over my head. Additionally, if you are going to install recessed lighting, it is easier to have the boards finished when cutting.

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I still have to trim round the ceiling and around the upper windows. Those angles should be fun!
 
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