If you're using it in a kitchen you'll need to use fire retardant coatings,
varnish and the like, especially on ceilings and around cooking facilities.
Any DIY Store does the stuff, so take a day to shop about for the cheapest
I kind of thought that the old cladding stuff was obsolete these days, and
everyone used the MDF equivelent? .If you are painting it, I would go with
the MDF, as far as I know, Nowadays, it comes treated for moisture
resistance too, which is another concern for kitchens.
Try and get stuff that is a little longer than the lengths you need,
so as to keep joints to a minimum. Failing that you want to decide
where the joints are going to be; random or regular etc.
What will you be fixing them to? If you are pinning them, remember to
angle the pin in from the base of the tongue through the meat of the
wood into your grounds or battons. This means your first strip goes in
grooved edge to the wall.
A daub of glue is required here. And of course it must be plumb. I
take it you know how to scribe the first one to any unevennesses in
the edge of the wall? And make sure the two end boards are the same
thickness by measuring the widest part of the wall with the overall
size nearest this that the t&g provides - and halving the difference
between the two end pieces.
Check every fourth or fifth to see that they are staying plumb or
upright. (Or whatever angle you decided on.)
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