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Installing Nail Up Tin Ceiling Tiles (3/3)

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Nail up tin ceiling tiles from American Tin Ceilings are the original plated steel ceiling

panels that date back to teh 1800's. Initially popularized at the turn of the century, they

still add a beautiful design element today. Nail up tin ceiling tiles require a plywood

substrate or furring strips in order to effectively support the panels. 3/8 inch plywood, 7/16

inch Oriented Strand Board, or furring strips every 12 inches running perpendicular to your

joyce are sufficient to hold the weight. With just a few tools, you'll be able to install

your nail up ceiling. You will need a 4 ft level or t-square, a chalk line, a box of

cone head nails or braid nailer, a tape measure, and a pair of tin snips. Depending on the

height of your ceiling you may also need a ladder or scaffolding. Many people find that

a guillotine cutter and a rotozip tool can also be useful. Before you begin, you will

need to determine your ceiling level layout. Our easy to use project planner and dedicated

staff of experts are here to assist, providing you with helpful design tips and ideas. Once

you've determined your ceiling's layout you'll want to transfer your perimeter measurements

to the ceiling by using chalk lines. We've already transferred our measurements and snapped

our chalklines. We're now ready to insteall our first tile. Attach the first panel at

your starting point. Line up the nail flange with the chalkline and nail it to the substrate.

The flanges have small dimples along the edges called beads. Line up your panels by overlapping

the beads then nail the panels along the rail every six inches. making sure your nail rails

alingn and your pattern remains square. Use tin snips or a rotozip tool to cut around

any existing fixtures. Begin by drilling a hole to start your cut. When you reach the

perimeter you can crop your tin panels to sit flush against the wall. Or, install filler