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handystanley

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10-04-2010 04:21 AM

Currently my garage wall consists of open studs. I have been in the process of installiing blocking between the studs so I have something to screw into when I hang the cabinets.

I am thinking about using 3/8” plywood or OSB. Do any of you have any insight which I should use?

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA


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#1 posted 10-04-2010 05:03 AM

Do you mean to cover the wall?

If so, it doesn’t really matter between the two. Were I doing it, I would use 1/2” melamine and I could hang anything anywhere and wouldn’t have to paint.

If you’re stuck on the ply idea, I strongly recommend you paint it white, either flat on the floor or after you hang it. Every day our eyes lose a little ground, and more reflectance in the shop is a wonderful thing.

If you’re asking about material for the cabinets, 1/2” is too thin. It will fight you all the way.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#2 posted 10-04-2010 05:18 AM

Lee: I am looking at covering the walls with either ply or OSB. Sorry…If I was not clear.

Great paint idea…although I was thinking of a light gray or something.

The cabinets I reclaimed from work last year when they were going to remodel our work area. I was able to obtain not only cabinets but also drawer units.

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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#3 posted 10-04-2010 05:22 AM

I have used both…3/8” plywood and 7/16” OSB…both work just fine. I hang my cabinets to the studs. OSB is cheap again right now (here) down below $7.00 a sheet. It was up to $12.00 just a few months ago. As above unpainted it will eat up the light. I have an unfinished 5/8” drywall ceiling which helps with my unpainted OSB walls in my current shop. I have a lot of light fixtures in my 28’ X 36’ foot shop…enough to where I don’t have to paint but it takes some light to make it work. I may paint the walls in the future but as of now I have no need.

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#4 posted 10-04-2010 06:52 PM

Sounds like a heavy score in the cabinet dept, Handy.

If you paint white, you’ll never regret it. Even unfinished drywall absorbs more light than you’d imagine. Every good paint store has an “old bones” table somewhere with mismixes in it. You might score there, or at your local Habitat ReStore. In the latter case in my town, I get quarts for a buck or two, gallons for only a little more.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#5 posted 10-04-2010 07:10 PM

FWIW, I would go for 1/2” plywood. OSB is cheaper sure, but I just don’t like working with the stuff…

Something you need to consider though. Is this an attached garage? And if so, does code in your area allow for flamable wall coverings? In many municipalities, your only choice is drywall…

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#6 posted 10-04-2010 07:15 PM

Great point, dbhost. Worth checking—it may be 5/8 just on the common wall, or all the way. I’m not sure. Thanks for ringing the chime on this one.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#7 posted 10-04-2010 08:01 PM

Our area requires 5/8ths on common wall with the house and 5/8ths on the ceiling if you have a room above your garage taped and finished.

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#8 posted 10-04-2010 08:49 PM

The wall is an exterior wall in an attached garage. I am only covering maybe 1/2 to 2/3rds of the wall the remaining wall is covered with button board and plaster.

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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#9 posted 10-05-2010 12:46 AM

Stanley; I can tell you from experience that OSB is a PITA to paint….I have a 40×50 stand-alone shop, and I put 7/16” OSB on all the walls and ceiling…I rolled 2 coats of KILZ on before painting, and 2 coats of a regular latex white over that…WHEW…what a job…. If you don’t put Kilz on beforehand, the tannin in the OSB will bleed right through the white paint, and it will look blotchy after it drys…. 2 coats of kilz, and at least one coat of w.p., and it will be very bright in there….Take a look at my shop and you will see how it looks. Oh…one more thing: You’ll need to roll the paint on if you use OSB, because of the rough texture of it. Don’t use a paintbrush on it…you’ll work yourself to death trying to cover it….I’d use 1/2” ply..smoother.

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#10 posted 10-05-2010 01:31 AM

I would go Ply… it will look nicer when its done. More expensive, but better..

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#11 posted 10-05-2010 04:19 AM

I insulated my shop, then I used 3/4 ply on the walls, then covered it with 1/2 beaded ply. I can hang just about anything anywhere without finding studs. There are some pixs in my gallery. I used the heavier ply first because I wanted to be sure the walls didnt bow or warp between the studs. I couldnt find a good looking sturdy panelling so I chose the beaded plywood.

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#12 posted 10-05-2010 07:24 AM

Hi Hand,

1/2 ply installed horizontally. I would cover it with poly urethane rather than paint on the walls. Paint the ceiling white. Install a few extra T8 floro’s The wall are going to be covered with tools, clamps, wood, shelves, etc etc. You wont see much of them if you are like most shops there never is enough wall space. You can hang some pretty heavy stuff with screws in 1/2 ply. If in doubt hit a stud with longer screws or use a french cleat system.

Good luck with your project.
Thanks jb

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#13 posted 10-05-2010 09:37 PM

@knucklenut: My wife loves to paint. The only problem is if I ask her she will want to do some sort of faux finish on it. I live in northern California…do you know where that is?? (LOL!) There have been times I go to our local paint store and have gotten returned paint at a very reduced cost or free (they know us).

@rimfire7891: Tell me more about the french cleat system. Also, why hang the ply horizontally rather than vertically?

@everyone: As the wall has a window in it I will have to see how 1/2” ply would play out if I ever trim out the window.

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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handystanley

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#14 posted 10-05-2010 09:52 PM

@rimfire7891: Found out about the french cleat thing…

http://lumberjocks.com/thewoodwhisperer/blog/11932

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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#15 posted 10-05-2010 11:26 PM

As long as Brittney Spears or Paris Hilton don’t find out about the extentions then that might work. They may think it something to go in their hair. LOL!

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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