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Posted on Shiplap to the ceiling, but ceiling isn't level - thoughts?

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#1 posted 05-30-2017 12:08 PM

Hi Guys,
Sorry I didn’t reply sooner – was busy building this surround. It started off rather fun, but now I’m at the point where if I look at it again I’ll puke…

That being said, I measured carefully before I started and I was a hair less than 1/4” over the 68” run. So I carefully make my shiplap and rabbet cut them all and fit them all up with just using pennies to see what I would end up with – I could not for the life of me convince myself it was noticebale. My wife was unaware of which way it was “crooked” and she couldn’t tell, so I left it. Now, the crown at the top was an absolute adventure that took over an hour – the long run was simple enough, but the little tiny pieces that went back to the wall (less than 1” at the bottom of the crown) was a pain – I couldn’t use a scrap piece over and over again to adjust my angle because it got so small I couldn’t hold it safely when cutting. Eventually I got them to fit – but I couldn’t set my saw at 45 deg and hold the crown to it – I ended up doing a coumpound miter cut at some varied degree to fit it due to the 1/4” slope – or either that, I’m an idiot – both very plausible.

At any rate, everything is constructed and now its sanding, priming and painting – which is satisfying, but also the worst part of the whole job! The wife is over the moon, the mother-in-law is jealous and the father-in-law is now mad at me for giving his wife more ideas for their “fixer upper” home haha.

So, now the question is – does anyone have any experience here with stacked stone? I’m hoping someone here can help me out some, otherwise I’ll venture out to the web and find some answers to my questions…but the stone I bought says to use mortar and if under 9’ drywall and no mesh is fine…Theres 101 different opinions on that matter out there, but my biggest concern is over the top of the firebox – there is no support for the stone there and I cannot easily get a piece of steel under it like brick has over a firebox or doorway. The place I got my stone gave me some super duper better than than sliced bread adhesive and they said it’ll work…another guy told me to use mortar and mesh…another said use mastic… all these seem possible, but if theres nothing below the stone above the box, I’m worried over time it’ll sag or let go…

First world problems, right?

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