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Old 01-05-2020, 03:10 PM   #1
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Bus Ceiling, Help Please

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Can someone help me figure out a way to make my ceiling? All the arches are throwing me off. I have limited ceiling height so I'm limited on what material I can use. I also HATE a ton of visible screws showing, so I refuse to put up a bunch of thin wood.

I know i'm being picky, but i plan to live here, so I want to enjoy being in the space, and a million exposed screws do not make me feel comfortable. And because I have to take down the ceiling to expand on my solar array later, I am not covering up the screws with wood filler or anything, so there will just be tons of lines of screws and that will drive me crazy.

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You mentioned you're going to live out of it so I assume you want some sort of insulation. Whether that means removing your metal ceiling and adding insulation or simply adding additional insulation to the metal ceiling you'll then just cover it with your choice of material. If it's wood you can fill in screw holes with wood putty and paint, if it's Fabric or Marine vinyl like I'm using then some adhesive and you're good to go. I don't see what's tricky
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thanks so much.
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Hello,
Can someone help me figure out a way to make my ceiling? All the arches are throwing me off. I have limited ceiling height so I'm limited on what material I can use. I also HATE a ton of visible screws showing, so I refuse to put up a bunch of thin wood.

I know i'm being picky, but i plan to live here, so I want to enjoy being in the space, and a million exposed screws do not make me feel comfortable. And because I have to take down the ceiling to expand on my solar array later, I am not covering up the screws with wood filler or anything, so there will just be tons of lines of screws and that will drive me crazy.

USe strips of wood. YOu can hide the fasteners.
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Not sure what you might use but if wood such as t&g for example, but you need lots of furring strips first of all and placed where they will do the most good or give the best ability to fasten to. Stagger boards so joints end up under bus ribs. then they an fasten and a moulding used across the whole roof width for dressing.


If doing this^, work each row of ceiling material from end to end. The first row will establish as best a level start or look that can be had end to end.
You don't want to see a huge difference in how that row lies end to end.



This hiding of fasteners is in my mind really important. I made this a point in my build, which is mostly old barnboard or well used old planks and timers.
Lots of character wood grain. And natural finish. I even look at it and say "How did I put that together again?"


A whole lot of fun awaits you!


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ľ" beadboard or plywood in 4' x 8' sheets. Since it's lightweight it won't take so many fasteners to hold in place. Will be readily removable since you say you need future access to the roof for solar.
(personally, I want anything I do to be readily removable for future maintenance/repairs or changes...)

There are plenty of options for strong but decorative fasteners...
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I used shiplap from home depot. It's just over 1/2" thick, and one can hide the screws easily with wood putty prior to painting, but I'm just going to paint over the screws and call it good.


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And because I have to take down the ceiling to expand on my solar array later, I am not covering up the screws with wood filler or anything, so there will just be tons of lines of screws and that will drive me crazy.


I just reread this and see you don't want wood putty. But I'm also wondering: why would you take down your ceiling to install solar panels? Is it because you're going to fasten them to metal roof skin? Or some other fastener set up?


As an aside, my solar panels (which are not installed yet) will be through bolted through the metal roof, the 1" thick insulation, and then also through the shiplap ceiling. True, the head of the bolt will be visible, along with the metal backing plate, but I personally don't care so long as it's all painted the same color as the rest of the ceiling.
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Furring strips screwed to ceiling ribs. Glue (PL) and brad nail the t & g planks to the strips.

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Pine t&g

I used pine tongue and groove 12ft pieces from Loweís. I was worried about screws showing also. I ended up using some gold/brass colored ones that donít really show and after living in it for 6 weeks now donít notice them at all. I used 2 screws for every board on every bus rib. You could definitely get away with just using one though. The T&G forms with the roof curve nicely until the corners. Thatís where I used a cabinet and a single piece of wood to hide the seems.

There is another way you could do it and hide all fasteners. Use wood strips over each steel rib of the bus. Then put your tongue and groove up with nails on the tongues. This hides all nails. But you couldnít take it down.

The last picture you can see my solar mounted. I just have 6 bolts holding the railing up which is 14ft long. You could easily put 3 or 4 panels on my racking and no need to remove paneling to get them on and off.

Hope this helps.
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maybe try to install your bracketry or whatever mounting system your using for your potential solar array expansion first. if all the brackets are already in place when its time to expand you just need to pop on the new panels and you wouldn't have to worry about installing your ceiling twice
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