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Jul 07, 2013, 09:56 AM
Prefinished T&G ceiling opinions?
New member here, first post. I'm finishing my basement and planning on installing a prefinished T&G ceiling, probably pine. End-matched looks to be the way to go so as to avoid the need to end on joists. I've found a number of suppliers but not much in the way of reviews/opinions/etc. For example, it appears that dura groove ( is one of the bigger names, but I can't seem to find so much as a single story of someone's experiences with it. My google-fu is apparently failing... anyone here have any thoughts, opinions, suggestions, etc?

Thanks for any pointers!

This message has been edited. Last edited by: jaitken,
Jul 07, 2013, 11:44 AM
Not really familar with this individual product although I have installed a good bit of T&G. I purchased 1X6 "V" groove and finsihed it myself. A considerable savings over the prefinished. On mine I used a semi-transparent stain followed by water based poly.

Not knowing what type of ceiling (vaulted or flat) your installation is basicly the same. Start on one side with your leading edge being the tounge side. I generally measure from the peak down to get a consistant starting point on both ends then snap a chalk line between). Then as you install (finish nailer) periodically measure from the board edge back up to the peak or opposing wall to stay level as you climb or progress. They can be "tweaked" to make up short differences ( holding tight or loosely together). If your room is fairly square there should not be much difference from end to end.

Your ends should rest ( 1/2 the width)upon a rafter or ceiling joist. Do not break the ends on the same rafter or joist as done previously for the next course. Once you establish a pattern this can be followed by every other course to stay consitant or it can be varied which ever is your preference. I try to stay at least 2 joist away from the previous end joints on the courses.

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Jul 08, 2013, 10:55 AM
No way would I install a T&G ceiling in a basement.
That would leave you no way to repair plumbing leaks, run wires or cables.
It would to be one really dry basement for any finish to hold up.