Whew! I’ve been one busy shop builder. Let’s see, where to begin? At the top, I suppose. I decided to use drywall for the ceiling (after putting up some insulation, of course). The ceiling framing is just 2×4, so I wasn’t able to use as heavy an isulation as I would have liked. I’ll try it out this year, and if I’m using too much energy for heat and AC, maybe I’ll blow some more in.
Given the dimensions 19’ deep by 22’ wide, I thought I’d save myself a few mudding seams, and use a combination of 12’ and 8’ sheets of 1/2” drywall. While it sounded good at the time, the 12’ sheets were a pain to deal with. I rented a drywall jack, but it wasn’t really designed with 12’ in mind. The ends kept flapping around, and the whole thing would spin, just as I had it almost in place. It was a not-so-fun game of climbing up the ladder, adjusting the sheet, climbing down, cranking it up a little, rinse, lather, repeat. That it’s a vaulted ceiling really didn’t help much.
Still, I persevered, and all-by-self managed to get a real live ceiling. I’m not terribly good at the whole mudding and taping, but I got everything more or less covered, and while it won’t win any beauty contests, it should keep the shop warmer in the winter, and cooler in the summer. As with most things in our old house, nothing was really square, or plumb. Ah, the wonderful healing power of drywall mud!
The holes are where I’ll be pulling power for lights, a ceiling fan, and an air scrubber.
Stay tunes, more updates over the weekend!
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