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    Hi all,Wondering if someone could advise me on a couple of house reno questions please?
    Iím doing some repairs on my late dadís house and am wondering how to proceed.
    The house is an around 100 year old Queenslander and has some termite damage, mostly to the VJís in the ceiling but also to the walls.
    The issue Iím having is finding replacements for the VJís.
    In dadís house they come in two sorts: around 135mm and 152mm (presumably this was the old 6 inch measurement) wide.
    Does anyone still make these boards? I canít seem to locate any.
    Everyone seems to have VJ sheets but the boards are hard to find.
    If no one makes these anymore is there a way I can take normal pine boards and re-manufacture them (maybe with a router?)
    Or is there a way to cut a grove in plain boards to kinda make them look like VJís?


    My other question has to do with actually getting the boards in place.
    In the ceiling the boards run under the horizontal beams but are sandwiched on the other side by burnie board panelling that forms the actual ceiling and that was put in Iím guessing during the 70ís.
    I presume thereís no way anyone has developed of sliding the new VJís under the beams and attaching without taking off the burnie board?
    Or is it an option to cut the VJís exactly to length between the beams and join their ends to the beams?
    Might be a bit dodgy but thought Iíd ask.


    Any advise would be appreciated.
    Thanks!

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    Bunnings sell pine VJ boards, hardwood ones are still being manufactured in Victoria. Not sure of the widths.

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    Thanks Johnc.
    I'll try to track down those hardwood VJ's.
    Have since found out that what I also need are called "Recency" boards.
    People have some stock of them but the 6 inch wide ones are rarely than hen's teeth.

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    Regency, I assume a typo, there are some places who will make them up for you any size and profile, look up manufacturers of skirting and arc's

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    Yeah, sorry typo -it's Regency.
    Thanks, I'll follow up on the made -to-order.

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