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Posted by Henry in MI on September 12th, 1998 11:27 AM
In reply to Panelling by Henry in MI on September 11th, 1998 08:49 AM [Go to top of thread]

Tammy, we have 5/8" thick paneling in our family room and it has six 3/16" deep by 1/2" wide grooves/rabbets running the long way on the sheet plus a half groove on each long edge where the sheets butt to make it look like any of the other grooves. Plus, it has distressing marks and a lot of other character. The stuff cost $28 per sheet 10 years ago. If you have anything like this, don't even think of anything other than taking it down and drywalling. Anything like drywall mud would crack out at every panel joint in a year. Fiberglass wall covering as an undersurface would bulge or sag at the grooves, as would even a heavy wallpaper. You could do both the drywall mud and fiberglass wall covering, which would be more expensive and take longer than new drywall, or Bondo put on like drywall mud, and lots of luck with the 5 minute working time. Then, if you did have a problem at some later time and find out you have to take the paneling off, lots of luck with that. Much better to do it right the first time by taking the wood paneling down. Mine has small nails about every 8 to 12" along the edge grooves and the full width grooves that are above the grooves that are above the wall studs.

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