Garage Remodel #10: Ceiling drywall done! Experiences learned...

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 08-09-2016 03:33 AM 1438 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Adding 5/8" drywall to ceiling Part 10 of Garage Remodel series Part 11: Added 2 French Cleat boards around garage »

Done! Never again will I work with 4’x12’ 5/8” sheets solo. It looked so easy on YouTube videos and such. Having never installed drywall before, I didn’t know what to expect. It’s too difficult to move and fine tune final position being on a drywall lift. Btw, those drywall lifts are “rickety”. These long sheets bow badly when it comes time to use my drywall screw gun. Oh…another BTW… I purchased 1,000 screws of 1 5/8”. I think I used 70-80% of those screws. I could not imagine doing all that with a regular screw gun…drywall screw gun is the way to go (luckily, picked one up at an auction for $5).
I was naive. Did not occur to me that I would have to take down the garage rails & motor as well. That was fun (not!). Measuring the cut out holes was a chore too…always off by 1/2” or so here and there. Thought about getting the spiral bit drywall cutter tool but naw.
I should say I am 98% done. Time was running out on the HD rented drywall lift. There is one overlap I have to knock down but I can hit that with a ladder later on. Next up… re-install the lighting. Eventually mud & tape. Do I paint? I can see myself going that route. Maybe high gloss white to reflect lighting.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 08-09-2016 03:38 AM

Nice job. I know it was a lot of work, congrats on getting it all put up.

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#2 posted 08-09-2016 03:42 AM

I did this in the “belief” this will help with climate control. Prior, I just had the paper batt insulation in between the 24” ceiling frames. But I am no insulation specialist :) Had too many gaps and holes up there. Could feel 120 degree heat pour into garage because of those issues. Hopefully, this help somewhat. I know I have to mud & tape to seal it up 100%. Plus, still have to do blown in insulation for side walls and possibly stryro foam the garage door itself. But one step at a time.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#3 posted 08-09-2016 04:09 AM

Absolutely paint it and I agree with semi gloss white. You won’t believe the difference it will make. I speak from personal experience. I also did all my walls in semi gloss white. I maybe dreaming but is seems that saw dust cleans off the walls than I think it would if they were painted with a flat paint.

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#4 posted 08-09-2016 04:19 AM

You are on your way.

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#5 posted 08-09-2016 04:32 AM

Here is my before picture of the ceiling. Bob… I think semi gloss white is my choise (why not gloss white?). I went with “sunset” yellow at bottom of wall, “sunrise” at top of wall because I like yellow :) White or even a light blue would be a nice ceiling color. Better than what I had before: insulation batts that sucked up all lighting :)

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#6 posted 08-09-2016 12:54 PM

I do everything myself. I’m a great believer in self reliance. Carpentry, plumbing, electrical, roofing, painting, concrete, mechanical, ... you name it. Dry wall?... I hire that out.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#7 posted 08-09-2016 01:34 PM

That ceiling looks good. Those drywall lifts are rickety when near full extension. White paint makes a huge difference in light. Painting the floor a light color helps also. It will make a big difference in your climate control both summer and winter.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#8 posted 08-09-2016 03:06 PM

if you thought that was hard ….... wait till mud ….LOL ….......looks great though ….....cant wait to see it finished

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

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#9 posted 08-09-2016 05:40 PM

I feel your pain. I remodeled a 2 car garage from bare 2×4’s to a finished shop. The only difference was that I did mine in the winter which solved the heat issue, but getting the mud to dry was a pain. Had to buy a heater and install it before I could mud things. Have you thought about what you are going to do for climate control?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#10 posted 08-09-2016 09:28 PM

Holbs, I was told to use a quality sealer before the paint when I had my shop rocked. They said that just using paint isn’t adequate because that will soak into the mudded joints and will show up differently than the paint on the rock. This would be especially noticeable with a semi-gloss or a gloss paint.

I painted my walls and ceiling with semi-gloss white and it is very bright and I haven’t noticed dust sticking to the walls or ceiling yet. That was an issue in my previous shop especially around the dust collector runs.

You have just completed (98%) a huge amount of work, but you will enjoy it every day you are in your shop.

-- Art

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#11 posted 08-10-2016 12:32 AM

I did Zinser seal on my side walls before painting things yellow. Will probably do the same for ceiling. I am no paint expert…but would high gloss be better for reflective ability than semi-gloss white?

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#12 posted 08-11-2016 03:11 PM

Yes, the gloss would reflect more light. I’d do this but I don’t think my trusses are designed for that load.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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