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Bathroom paneling warped

I put up new pine tongue-and-groove paneling with nails (no glue) in my bathroom last winter. I live in Michigan, so the summer humidity is much different from the winter, and around May, every two feet or so, a seam came away from the wall. It was very disappointing...so much so that I still haven't done anything about it...

I have two questions:

If I just add some (carpenter's?) glue, should I be able to just tack it back up? Is that enough to defeat the expansion? Or did we put it in too tight? Can I just take a little off the end pieces on each wall or should I refit the whole thing?

Also, I realized that I failed to prime the green board behind the paneling! I was in a hurry because it needed to be up before the tub was installed...and of course now it is... Do I definitely need to prime? (I think I already know the answer to that one...)

Thanks to anyone with a little experience to share!

Re: Bathroom paneling warped

Your best option is, as you suggest, to take a piece off the first and last boards (about 1/8th of an inch off of each) and after reinstalling the boards, caulk the corners. This will give your wall a little room to breathe. In the future, it is best to prime the tongue-and-grooved paneling before you put it up, especially the ends where they were cut, top and bottom.

Cyril Prendergast
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Re: Bathroom paneling warped

It sounds like taking some of the end pieces off will work to solve the problem. Best of luck.Make sure to prime next time. :)
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Re: Bathroom paneling warped

Thanks so much to both of you for your responses. I ended up taking it all down and priming it, but you've made me confident that with just a little extra room I won't get the same problem this summer. And I'll caulk the corners...


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