The Shop #5: A roof over my head

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Blog entry by Jon Spelbring posted 05-09-2008 05:11 PM 808 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Power to the People Part 5 of The Shop series Part 6: Just another brick in the wall »

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.

One down, many to go

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!

Yay - Ceiling

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!

-- To do is to be

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#1 posted 05-09-2008 05:17 PM

Thanks for the post. I look forward to seeing your progress. Man, I want a real shop someday!

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 05-09-2008 05:23 PM

I remember doing mine. 1000 sqft of it. I did it by myself so I used only 8’ sheets.

Looking 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 05-09-2008 05:26 PM

The nice thing about doing your own drywall taping is that if you run to the store in the middle of the job, you can tell people you are a pigeon trainer. :-)

Good progress!

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 05-09-2008 06:05 PM

Nice progress so far. This is really looking good.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#5 posted 05-09-2008 06:09 PM

Good progress, I just finished my shop space and put a total of 52 sheets of OSB up. That was a job. I feel your pain, literally.

Keep us updated.

-- Hope Never fails

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Jon Spelbring

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#6 posted 05-09-2008 06:22 PM


OSB will be in the next post. I decided on 1/2” OSB for the walls. I’ll take working with it over drywall any day.


Ha! Yeah, towards the end I looked like I’d seen several ghosts!

-- To do is to be

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#7 posted 05-09-2008 08:10 PM

looking good

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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Mark Shymanski

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#8 posted 05-09-2008 11:40 PM

I salute your efforts with drywall….I chickened out and plan to put OSB on the ceiling…it was actually cheaper than drywall as well.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#9 posted 05-10-2008 07:33 AM

I sheet rocked my first shop myself. Took me about a month working at it every day to get it taped, textured and painted. For my second shop I got a little smarter and paid a guy $700 to hang, tape, and texture my 1000 sf shop. Much easier and worth every penny.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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