My wife and are planning to install a tongue and groove ceiling in the farm house we recently bought. I have already put up the furring strips but I am unsure what nails to use to finish the job.
The furring strips are 1X3 and are actually over top another bead board ceiling. This probably sounds stupid, however the previous owners had a put up a crummy dropped ceiling (like you'd find in a school) and just stapled the electric and mounted lights etc. to the ceiling above - ruining it in the process. It would take as much work if not more to even attempt restoring it and I'm sure I'd be disturbing a lot of lead paint in the process. Also, given the insane amount of dust and mouse poop encountered when taking down the drop ceiling, I'm not eager to repeat it with a ceiling that is ten times as old/dirty. I'm not worried about the weight because I have secured the furring strips through the bead board and into the joists with 2 inch screws and IMO they will hold. However, I'm open to input on that.
The boards I was looking at at Home Depot are 6 inches wide by 8 ft long and are solid pine. Needless to say, they are not light. What I've read says to blind nail the boards but I've read conflicting info on whether to use a finish nailer or a framing one. I would think the latter would damage the tongue but I don't know. My questions are: Will I be putting to much weight on the ceiling? and If not, what size nail should I use to secure the boards?