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Pine T&G Porch Ceiling Question

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 I'm new. And I am not a woodman, just someone who procures the services of one. I hope someone here can help me with a question. I am having a house built and I have hired a carpenter that I believe to be very competent, but he made a statement today that I question. I wanted a 1x6 T&G Ceiling on my front porch. When I showed up at the end of the day today to see it, it was riddled with exposed finish nail heads everywhere. I asked "why didn't you blind nail them". My guy said it wasn't a good idea to do that on a wide board like a 1x6 on an exterior application because of too much humidity/movement and that you had to get more nails in the face of the board. He said you can do that (blind nail) inside, but not outside. I was planning to spray a coat of poly on this ceiling and I can't imagine seeing the nail heads in a clear finished ceiling. Any thoughts or comments on this?

There's something to what he (post #213849, reply #1 of 4)

There's something to what he says, though one would have to see the specific situation to know how much it applies in your case.


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

Thanks DanH. (post #213849, reply #3 of 4)

Thanks DanH.

Hi there,    When you say (post #213849, reply #2 of 4)

Hi there,

   When you say 1"x6" I think of the pine tongue and groove we use a lot.  This material does move a lot and is somewhat rustic by nature.  It usually gets painted, or if stained and poly-ed is definitely a campy, rustic look.  When we work with this material we don't blind nail.  We face nail for the reasons your carpenter stated.  We always use a neat and consistent nail pattern so if it does not get painted, the nail holes will look fine un-filled or filled.  If a customer says they want a poly-ed wood ceiling I would never recommend pine 1" x 6".  I would recommend fir that is 5/8" x 4".  That material is narrow and stable enough to blind nail.  

Finefinish - Thank you sir.  (post #213849, reply #4 of 4)

Finefinish - Thank you sir.  Yes it is the standard 1x6 T&G that is very common.  Your response is helpful and much appreciated. R