Matt's Long Awaited Workshop Renovation #2: The Walls are Bare and the Insulation is Up!

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Blog entry by Matt posted 03-19-2009 04:45 AM 1230 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Over this past week, I took some time off from work (because the weather was going to be insanely nice, Hallelujah!) and worked around the house and shop. I didn’t spend all my time on the renovation but I did put in quite a bit of time out there. I tinkered with the CNC (aka Duchess. Don’t ask. Ok, go ahead, ask.)
and got the vacuum foot attached and tested. I’ll get a video and some shots of it up real soon.

As you can see from the shots, I have everything, except for the bench, removed from the walls and stacked nicely. A bunch of buddies (aka Work Detail. They don’t know I call them that.) are coming over on Saturday morning to hang drywall and get the tape and first coat of mud on. With 6-8 folks and all the trimmings, we should have it knocked out in no time. With everything on wheels or stacked in small piles, I estimate I can move everything out of the shop in less than one hour.

If the first coat of mud looks good enough, we’ll stop right there and I’ll paint the shop after it dries. Maybe a little sanding. It’s a shop, after all.

I plan to surface mount the wiring in metal conduit for flexibility and the service upgrade I have planned for late summer. A 100 amp subpanel with some 240v circuits! Bring it on! Anyway, I still have to remove some of the existing wiring and conduit to allow me to get it mounted over the drywall.

That’s about it for now. Let me know what you think.

-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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Bob Costello

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#1 posted 03-19-2009 06:39 AM

Matt – I live in Florida so have the opposite problem – too much heat instead of cold. My garage/shop walls are concrete block so aren’t too bad but the garage door was a full on heat radiator late in the day each early spring to mid fall day. I insulated the garage door with the same fiberglass bats and it made a tremendous difference. They sell garage door insulation kits but the bats do just as well for a lot less.

It doesn’t look as if you have insulated the door. You may want to think about it.



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#2 posted 03-19-2009 02:25 PM

You’re right. I haven’t insulated the door….YET! That is in my plans but not for this phase of the project, which is to get the areas that will be drywalled prepared. I also plan to use blown-in insulation in the attic this fall. The garage door will be insulated. I had originally planned on using 2 inch thick blue foam but I like your method better. The blue foam doesn’t have the R-value of fiberglass insulation, however it looks like your stuff is compressed. I know that would dimish the value some. However, I bet its a lot better than the foam I was planning on using.

If you don’t mind, could you drop me a line or reply here about how you installed it?


-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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#3 posted 03-19-2009 04:16 PM

Matt – there is some compression of the bats but still an improvement. They are just held in place by the structure of the door – either the channel made by the edge of the door section or the structural bar that runs the width of the door. I pieced together sections of the bats to fit the size of the channel then joined the sections togther with clear packing tape. The door goes up and down on a daily basis for over a year now and it is still nicely in place. About $40.

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#4 posted 03-19-2009 07:56 PM

Matt they make insulation stays which are tempered steel wire that fits between the studs and holds the insulation in place. It saves having to staple it to the walls.

I know you already have yours up but the stays might be able to be used on your door where you can’t staple.

You buy them by the length you need. I needed to use a bolt cutter to cut the wire. I used mine as hinge pins in a toy I was making.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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