Workshop recovery (South LA Flood 2016) #10: Insulation, AC, acoustic tiles, walls; oh my

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Blog entry by FreddieMac posted 08-21-2017 02:44 PM 2288 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Electricity is done Part 10 of Workshop recovery (South LA Flood 2016) series Part 11: Small victories, but I need more paint »

Had another productive weekend in the woodshop. I managed to get the AC mounted into the window and provide some good cooling to start working on the interior. The 10K BTU AC does a pretty good job of fighting off the heat.

My next task was to finish putting up all the insulation. I found the AC had enough power to keep the room at a comfortable 75 degrees. But, the heat coming through the roof was still palpable. You put your hand in the air and still feel that heat. So, I finished up all the insulation wrapping. I was SHOCKED at the difference that Reflectex insulation makes. That stuff is great.

Literally the temp difference in that little “attic” space is amazing. With the vented soffit and ceiling insulation, it was pretty comfortable.

Once that was done, I decided I needed to do something about all my tools spread everywhere. I was going to build box shelves real quick then I looked at the blue store’s website. I found one of their tool chest on sale. I went purchased two of those guys. These will be a great addition to the shop. I plan to build a workbench with these as the base.

The temperature control taken care of I decided to cover the roof in hardboard. That did not work out too well. My wife suggested that I should just put up acoustic tiles instead of the hardboard. I decided to purchase a box to see if they would work well on my ceiling. I got some 1 1/4” inch stables and put a bunch on the roof over night to see if it made a difference. It was not pretty, but it worked very well so I am going to staple some of these up to help keep the noise of the shop down. My shop has always been about function and not pretty, so if it keeps the noise down for my wife and the neighbor at nights, acoustic tiles on the ceiling it is. The insulation factor was also a huge bonus.

I started the back wall by placing the hardboard. I caulked everything last night and should paint tonight.. Once that is done the next step is to build a workbench and tool station so that I can get organized. When you have a small shop clutter is your enemy. It is hard to work in a small cluttered workshop.

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#1 posted 08-21-2017 03:30 PM

good to see it coming along nicely….. keep up the productive work :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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Greg the Cajun Wood Artist

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#2 posted 08-21-2017 08:08 PM

Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I know you’re looking forward to creating some projects in it once it is compllete. My memory is forever etched with the moment i realized my shop was complete and I was ready to make something that was not repair related…

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself" Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does

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