Larger Shop Planning and Move #2: Storage wall planning

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Blog entry by saminmn posted 06-18-2013 02:38 PM 1159 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First, I did add pictures to my earlier, background blog.

Well, I did not master sketch-up, but I did get it to show the way I plan to start my storage wall.

So, the plan is to attach the OSB to a 2×4, back-up the OSB with a sheet of vapor barrier foam with some type of construction adhesive, and then attach the 2×4 to the floor joists. The block wall this will be against is bowed and I am not sure how best to locate the placement of the 2×4s on the underside of the joists. I think if I temporally put a 2×4 vertically in each corner, I can find the worst spot of the bow by stretching a string between them at various heights. Then measure from the string to wall. The difference between 2×4 offset and the measurement is what I need to work with to be vertical at most bowed point. When I have determined how much bow there is, I will decide how the much shim support I will need to put behind the foam to have vertical and straight setup. This wall is 28’ long, so I will stagger the seams between panels so the there is a foot of overlap between the foam and OSB layers. I will use French cleats as suggested by readers in first Blog.

Thanks for reading and comments.

-- Sam -- Northfield, MN

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#1 posted 06-18-2013 05:16 PM

Are you planning to attach the OSB to the block wall? I’m not sure the connection between the OSB and the 2×4 will support much weight.

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#2 posted 06-18-2013 06:15 PM

Not planning to attach to block wall currently. A poster on the ShopSmith site (here starting at post #70) attached his to a sill plate only and he has have more weight than i am likely to have on mine. Of course the sill plate cannot come loose with the weight of a house holding it down. My planned attachment is screw and glue OSB to 2×4 and then screws into joists through the 2×4…2 screws every 16” hoping that will be sufficient.

I am pretty much a newbie, but have not had any luck anchoring in to concrete or concrete-block. Probably just don’t know what I am doing

-- Sam -- Northfield, MN

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