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08-31-2012 06:08 PM

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My current shop is a single car garage with cinder block construction. Currently, i have a spider problem and other issues. It has a gabled roof with venting from the outside where the gables meet the cinder blocks.

Does anyone have recommendations on how to improve the “livability” of my workshop? I have been debating putting drywall around the walls so I can easier mount things to the wall. I also thought about putting a ceiling in place. Another benefit would be insulation, but if I do all that, I worry I would make it too airtight. There’s no vents in the roof itself, but I am certain the spiders are entering via the gaps along the roofline.

I also worry that the garage is too exposed to moisture and will ruin pieces and tools. Finally, I have a “vertical slide” window. I can’t really put a window AC in there and the heat of the summer makes working in the shop difficult. I bought a infrared heater for the winter (wanted to reduce explosion chances), but a portable AC requires drainage and I don’t want to just leave the garage door open as it kind of negates the AC.

Any ideas/recommendations?

Space Cowboy

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#1 posted 08-31-2012 06:59 PM

I’d use some masonry screws to bolt on some horizontal slats for a French cleat system. Alternatively you might put peg board over the slats. I’d avoid drywall since you can’t really hang anything on it without underlying studs.

-- jay,

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#2 posted 08-31-2012 07:16 PM

Put in some roof or attic vents then put in a ceiling and insulate. Then put in studs, wire and insulate and sheetrock the interior. That should improve the livability by quite a bit even w/o AC.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 08-31-2012 07:39 PM

Lol…I guess you’d probably need to out up studs to install drywall. :) But reading more about your need for insulation, I’d probably go in that direction.

-- jay,

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#4 posted 08-31-2012 07:48 PM

Photos would be useful to be able to make suggestions mate.

Id personally opt for ply instead of drywall as you can screw to it anywhere. Use rigid foam insulation and tape the joints with tyvek tape. A window ac unit could be installed in the block wall if you knock out a couple of blocks and then frame the opening with some pressure treated 2×6’s.

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#5 posted 08-31-2012 07:53 PM

I would suggest using plywood or sheathing rather then drywall. Plywood is much easier to work with and will be much stronger for hanging stuff up in the shop. The drywall wont hold anything heavy unless you hit a stud and also if you bang into it with a board or tool it will put a hole in it.

To help control the spiders and other insects I would recommend spraying all around the perimeter of the shop with that Ortho home bug defense stuff. It wont keep them all out but I have noticed a huge difference in my shop when using that.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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