Another new shop - third time's the charm? #3: Sheathing and Painting the Walls

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Blog entry by DrPuk2U posted 11-04-2019 06:54 PM 280 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Electrical and Insulation Part 3 of Another new shop - third time's the charm? series Part 4: The Flooring Goes Down »

This is the third in a series of posts. I intended to post as I went but the work was HARD and it was often all I could do to get the work on the shop done. Documenting? Sure, later… So now the shop is largely done (haha) and I’ll try to document how I got here.

Once the electrical and insulation were done it was time to close up the walls. There were basically two choices:

- Sheetrock
- Sheet stock (e.g. plywood, OSB, etc.)

Though sheetrock had attractions as it looks better (if done right), it didn’t seem like a good choice for the shop since sheetrock is fragile and easily dented. And heavy (even not so heavy) objects would have to be carefully mounted through the sheetrock into the 2×6 framing. And mounting and mudding the sheetrock is a slow, tedious process with lots of dust.

So I decided on a sheet stock approach. OSB would have been cheaper but not particularly attractive. I considered CX plywood but the number and size of the “patches” on the “good” side made it less attractive. So I decided to spend a bit more and went with 1/2” A/C plywood.

The process was pretty straightforward. We simply installed 4×8 sheets vertically and then filled the remaining 35” with horizontally oriented pieces. We simply measured and cut the outlet holes with a jigsaw then nailed the plywood up with 16d ring-nails and a nail gun. Except the panels over the breaker panel and well control box, which we fastened with screws so we could get access the wiring underneath, if needed.

Here are a few shots of the work in progress.

Once the plywood was all up, I went back over it all, ensuring everything was nailed properly, the outlets were mounted and the faceplates would fit correctly. Then it was time to paint.

I decided to simply pain the whole shop white. I didn’t bother sanding or any cosmetic treatment. Just one coat of a high-quality primer followed by two coats of high-quality enamel paint. All of it rolled on.

One fun complication was that the well-tank in the corner makes access there difficult. To do the framing we build a platform in the corner. But we had to take the platform down to put up the sheathing. Then painting it was a challenge. Some of it I could reach with a roller, but the edges and corners were tougher. I ended up fashioning a long-handled paint brush to handle it. Not elegant, but functional.

And the final result:

Next up: The Flooring.

-- Ric, Western Oregon, "Design thrice, measure twice, cut once... slap forehead, start over"

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#1 posted 11-04-2019 11:55 PM

i used osb in mine and i wished i would have painted it white,a lot brighter.your gonna be glad you used ply over drywall.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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