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If you have an unfinished wall, such as brick or drywall, you can create a dramatic appearance by adding paneling. Now keep in mind that the paneling of yesterday is long gone. Today, paneling comes in more varieties and is much easier to install. The standard forms include solid wood board, some which may be tongue and groove fit, and wood-faced panels that measure 4 x 8-foot.

If you are considering paneling your home over bare studs, expect that you will need from 2 to 4 hours time per 100 square feet, all depending on your skill level and the materials chosen. The same would be true if using adhesives. However, if you will be adding fuming, expect to add about another two hours onto that time.

The result of a finished paneling job is an amazing looking room that has a warm and inviting appearance. If you will be installing the paneling over masonry, you should probably spend the money to rent a ramset or nail gun, which will make the process of attaching the furring strips a lot easier and less time consuming. If you will be using adhesive as your means of attaching the paneling, a caulking gun will do the trick. To save time on this, you can rent or purchase an air compressor that has a special attachment for a caulking gun.

Even though you are adding paneling to the interior of your home, make sure you do not need a remodeling permit. Some areas require these and an inspection of the home. In most cases, these permits run around $100. If you are adding paneling to a townhouse or condominium, make sure you have all the appropriate approvals before starting your project.

Paneling is an excellent choice for a family room, office, den, or child�s playroom. If placed in a library or den, you can use a beautiful mahogany to give the room a look of sophistication. For a rustic cabin, there are knotted panels that would be ideal. If the paneling is going in a family room, you can never go wrong with pine or oak. Paneling can even be used in small sections rather than entire walls. For example, behind the countertop in a kitchen, you can add paneling to create a warm and homey feel.

When installing paneling in your home, it is important to know the most commonly made mistakes so that you can avoid them for your own project. These include:
  • Not furring out a wall, if needed

  • Not adding insulation or some type of vapor barrier over a basement or outside wall

  • Cutting the panels face up using a circular or saber saw, causing splintering

  • Not checking each panel to ensure it is plumb on the wall

  • Transferring your measurements wrong side of the panel

  • Not using a finishing hammer as well as finishing saw blades
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