In rental properties I often have problems in which I need to pull down the ceiling. Drywall ceilings are destroyed in this process and drop-in-tile ceilings are considered "low class" by some tenants. They also lower the ceiling height. I have torn down a drywall ceiling which was water damaged... for the THIRD time in the same property. I have the notion that I would like to replace it with a 1/2" OSB or Plywood ceiling held up by brad nails. After popcorn texture is applied it would look no different from a regular drywall ceiling but I could hire a $10/hr guy pull it down if need be and reattach / paint it. OSB and Plywood are also much more water resistant than drywall. I believe that screws would make this process much harder if not impossible. What is the minimum spacing of 2" 18 AWG brad nails (16 AWG?) that I would need to hold up this 1/2" board with 16" joist spacing? (too many will make the boards harder to pull off). If for some reason it is not possible with brad nails then what is the minimum finish nail requirement or some other fastener which I can pull out instead of having to unscrew after the heads are filled?
Thank you for your time, William
PS: The last question I posted received some very helpful answers but also a lot of off topic responses and responses which were not addressing the question which I asked. No, you WILL NOT be able to tell after I lightly texture coat with a single coat drywall mud mixed with paint then popcorn. I'm not going to fix the water problem. Period. If you want to talk about "source of water", "stopping water", "addressing water" or how stupid I am you are welcome to among yourselves, but I might not be able to find the time to respond to you. This is a question about safely (if possible) affixing OSB to the ceiling with (brad) nails.