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Whiskers

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10-03-2013 04:22 AM

My garage/shop has no drywall on the ceiling at the moment, but that will change soon. I’m almost ready. It’s a 2 story house so I’ve insulated up under the floor above and must do it. Texturing the ceiling would be a hassle and I was thinking that finishing it smooth like a wall would help reflect more light down into the work floor, but this seems to not be done for some reason. ceilings are always textured. It also seems that smooth would be better for dust control. Any opinions on this? Should I just finish the drywall I put on the ceiling smooth or is there a really good reason to texture it. I have textured ceiling before, and know there are many ways to do it. To intercept anyone who might be thinking smooth is more difficult, trust me it isn’t, at least not for me.


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Moron

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#1 posted 10-03-2013 04:50 AM

the only thing better then textured ceilings and dust control is a non textured ceiling ?

people should ask smarter questions

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Whiskers

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#2 posted 10-03-2013 05:03 AM

Huh? Well at least you have fitting screen name, Moron, I’ll conclude your a troll and ignore you til the admins eject you.

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#3 posted 10-03-2013 05:09 AM

I’ve never seen a shop/garage with a textured ceiling that was being used as a real shop/garage. There is no good reason to texture a ceiling ever, especially in a shop.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#4 posted 10-03-2013 05:12 AM

I was surprised by your comment “ceilings are always textured.” As one of my homes have had textured ceilings. One apartment had a textured ceiling and it seemed to grasp dust. My garage (shop) has smooth ceiling and seems to work fine.

-- Steve in Richmond, VA

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#5 posted 10-03-2013 05:34 AM

I think texturing a shop ceiling is just asking for dust hassles. I’d keep it smooth. I’ve lived in several different parts of this great country of ours (east & west coasts — and parts in the middle) and I’ve noticed that textured ceilings seem to somehow be “popular” in some places. Never could figure out why except maybe the texturing hid some imperfections.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#6 posted 10-03-2013 05:41 AM

yo whiskers…….it would appear I am currently a troll with a majority

no health care for you eh ?

messn with ya

sorry

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#7 posted 10-03-2013 05:45 AM

somethings need texture
others dont

and by the way

just because i love you

i thought a demo of what I do

should render an apology for making fun of my
name ?

Life, is neither black or white
Rather shades of Grey

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 10-03-2013 06:06 AM

Well with all these great anwser’s a good flat celling and two coats of a high gloss white paint works good in the shop.

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Fred Hargis

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#9 posted 10-03-2013 11:29 AM

I would avoid a textured ceiling in a garage and/or shop at all costs. Yep, it’s more work to do it smooth, that’s why they texture in the first place; hides all the less than perfect taped joints. But you can make the job a little easier by renting one of the PC drywall sanding power units, that’s what I did. While it’s still work, it ’s less work. I think I paid about $40 for the sander and the matching vac for one day. If you’re putting up 5/8” drywall, especially the larger 10-12’ sheets, doing that will make you look forward to the taping/sanding. Sheesh, what a job that is!

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#10 posted 10-03-2013 12:04 PM

The drywall finisher usually texture the ceiling because it’s faster, and thus cheaper than trying to finish it flat which takes more effort and almost always requires that someone be on stilts. Most of the ceiling in my home is textured with a stomp brush, but the ceiling in the kitchen was finished smooth and painted gloss white which really does help with the light in my opinion. It did take them three shots to get it perfectly flat.

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#11 posted 10-03-2013 12:12 PM

I used luan for the ceiling in my shop. It is a shop not a living room. If I was doing it over I would use a suspended ceiling for better sound control. I would stay away from drywall and use plywood or osb for the walls. It doesn’t have to be pretty and drywall doesn’t hold up well to bumps from long boards and the rare flying piece of wood.

-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.

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#12 posted 10-03-2013 05:27 PM

HamS, I know Luan plywood is light and easier to put up than drywall, but it does pose a fire hazard.

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tefinn

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#13 posted 10-03-2013 05:32 PM

Plywood is also against code if the garage has a living space above it. If you go to sell the house, you’ll have problems.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#14 posted 10-03-2013 05:33 PM

if you think smoot is easier than textured, thats because you don’t know what you are doing. I agree smooth is better for dust control. New construction usually does textured because it is faster and hides more.

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#15 posted 10-03-2013 05:42 PM

Smooth is easier for me because I’ve got that process down pat and have the tools to do it. To texture a ceiling I would actually have to pick up a new skill. Did that once when I was a kid, parents bought something we mixed up and rolled onto the ceiling like paint. That was easy enough but quite messy. Much messier than vacuuming and washing out some joint compound dust.

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