Matt's Long Awaited Workshop Renovation #3: Drywall Day - I Have Some Great Friends

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Blog entry by Matt posted 03-22-2009 07:42 PM 1864 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I planned the drywall installation for my shop on Saturday. Several of my friends agreed to come over and help me hang it. Since I had no experience with it, this was a blessing. The night before, 30 sheets of 1/2 and 5/8 inch drywall were delivered by a local lumber supplier. My plan was to get up and start rolling tools out of the shop and, hopefully, have an area we could work in by 9:00am. I got finished just in the nick of time.

We managed to get 95% of the drywall hung, 60% of the tape and first coat of mud applied. I plan to finish the tape and first coat today (Sunday) and then I can start working out the small details on my electrical system while it dries. I’ve got two empty slots in my service panel (currently 2 20amp breakers for the shop) which I plan to replace with 60 amp breakers and run a big ole’ wire out to the shop. I’ve run the estimates and even with the extra load out in the shop, I should be well below my maximum usage for my service! Yay! The plan is for a small subpanel with several circuits. I’ll document more of the electrical phase later.

Overall, it was a nice cool day and we had a good time. I think we’re all a little tired and sore but it was worth it and I made sure to feed them well while they were there. Hopefully a couple will come back and visit my shop often after it’s all complete.

Take care,

Here’s the first picture, a couple of folks are already in there setting up the drywall lift (don’t do a ceiling without one!).

We found out, the previous owner’s contractor, didn’t build the garage perfectly plumb. Here my ‘forman’ and his assistant are figuring out the best strategy for getting the ceiling installed.

Eventually, they figured it out and we got the first piece up, without a hitch.

We’re making good time now.

It’s nice to have several friends to help you out, when you need it. Yes, we have a girl woodworker in our group. Sorry, she’s married to the guy on the left.

We are well into the ‘fun’ part now. Tape and mud!

It’s time to tape and mud Mr. Henry. Put the hammer down!

This is Dick, the mastermind. Without him, I think we would still be hanging the panels! Thanks, Dick!

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

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#1 posted 03-22-2009 07:46 PM

It looks like fun. But, I’ve been there and it’s not fun.

Looking great.

-- 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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#2 posted 03-22-2009 07:49 PM

Those drywall lifts are a life saver! I did my whole shop with 10 foot ceilings and I would never have been able to do it without one.

It would have been nice to have a crew like you! Lookin’ good.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-22-2009 09:39 PM

Looks great. Why did you not put insulation in the ceiling?

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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John Gray

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#4 posted 03-22-2009 10:53 PM

Lookin’ good!!! What about insulation for the ceiling/attic? I put another 8” in my ceilings last fall (5”+8”, about R-34) and it made a world of difference.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#5 posted 03-23-2009 12:56 AM

I recently dry walled my shop by myself. It’s a small shop 13×21 x 10. I finished in late October and because of the mess I made of myself in the process, I was not able to get back in my shop until this weekend. Started working on the trim.
You are so lucky to have all that great help.

Ceiling dry wall goes up with T props but not so easily as with the lift.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#6 posted 03-23-2009 01:04 AM

Wow. ................ Maybe I could borrow that crew to do my shop. It is about the same size as bureaucrats.

But then again, I’d have to move everything out to do mine now. Maybe I just leave it alone.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 03-23-2009 01:18 AM

You will be toasty warm this winter, a little AC you could move right in! Have pizza dilivered and never come out. Thats what Im talking about.

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#8 posted 03-23-2009 01:53 AM

It is wonderful to have friends like this who are willing to help. It sure makes the job go a lot faster and turns “work” into fun.

Keep us posted on your progress.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 03-23-2009 04:05 AM

We had a whole lot of fun on Saturday. That is for sure! It came out really good too. I think with the right people (read: Not Matt) on the taping and mud, these walls would rival what I have in my house! I’m going to install a 3-4 inch baseboard around the bottom to prevent accidental damage when rolling things around. I’ll also be installing some garage door insulation kits at some point as well.

As for the ceiling insulation. That is still planned. However, it’s not going to be installed for a few more months. The whole project was based out of necessity for storage. I had not created any permanent storage in the shop due to the fact that I have been planning to ‘finish’ it at some point. That time has come. The amount of equipment I have aquired over the past 2 years has forced my hand. In order to put up a permanent bench, cabinets, and lumber storage, I had to finish the walls. That required me to install the insulation, drywall, and new electrics because I don’t want to go through that again! haha

Back to the ceiling. A set of those ‘pull-down’ stairs will get installed next month and I’ll reorganize the stuff I have stored up in the rafters shortly after. Then, while the stuff is down and being reorganized, I’m planning to blow in enough insulation to give me approximately R-30 in insulation value. That should make for a nice and toasty shop next winter. I’m sure it will be a very nice feeling know that I don’t have to wait for warmer weather to get out there. :)

I’ve got two full-sized slots open in my service panel and I will fish a #6 wire to replace the existing 12/3 wire that is there now, install a 60 amp subpanel, and various circuits (120 and 240) They will all be above 52 inches off the floor to allow me to lean most sheet goods against the wall without blocking an outlet. I’ll also place a couple on the ceiling. The decision to surface mount all the outlets was made to allow me to reconfigure the positioning of everything easily and without cutting back into the walls.

Wow, I’m rambling tonight.

Thanks for the comments and compliments guys. If anyone is around the St. Louis area (or just passing through), give me a ring and we’ll make some sawdust.


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

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