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Lenore Frances Home Interiors

Thanks for the share!

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David Satterlund

Judyaw, regarding mdf: As I said, I suggest sealing all six sides with primer—no need to be fussy, just slop it on. This will negate any issue with moisture absorption in an interior application.

Yes, finish carpenters will want to wear face masks. They should be wearing these any time dust is created.

Mdf takes a wonderful enamel finish—better than wood; I am surprised your painters were not fans.

Regarding finger-joint material, if not also primed on all six sides, the joints are likely to swell in time, and the finger joints will telegraph through the finish.

   
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David Satterlund

Eric, as I said earlier I appreciate this article more than most any I have read here.

Regarding your first preference (for exposed joist framing) I agree it is a great look. Readers should know however that if there is living space above, every footfall will be heard below, and conversations below can be heard on the floor above (but not distinctly). The best application therefore is if there is when there is only attic above.

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