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08-20-2017 02:39 PM

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Remodeled our new retirement home to include a basement shop – about 275 square feet. One wall is brick over cinder block – the other three walls are 2×6 studs. I’m looking for suggestions about how to cover the stud walls. I’m tempted to put up some kind of wood panels, 1/2” plywood or T-111 siding, so that I can mount anything to the walls without searching for studs. Figured that drywall was easiest, but would just be waiting for the first time I swung a 2×4 into it, leaving a huge gouge!

I want to close off the three walls of open studs, so that I can put in insulation, and have a surface that I can clean easily.

Any suggestions welcome.

-- AikenYankee

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#1 posted 08-20-2017 02:50 PM

The big benefit of drywall is fire prevention and containment, especially being in the basement of your residence. T1-11 is quite expensive. I would use either osb or plywood and paint it.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 08-20-2017 04:08 PM

If you are anything like me all o f your wall space will be covered very quickly with tools and machines so it will be hard to swing a board into the wall. I used OSB up 4 feet and drywall the rest of the way. Painted drywall opens up the area by reflecting the light. I painted mine white. I have found has I get older that there is never too much light. The studs are easy to find because of the OSB below.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#3 posted 08-20-2017 04:14 PM

I’d insulate and cover the walls with 1/2”, one side sanded ply. Paint those babies white and enjoy nice, sturdy walls that you can mount anything to, anywhere.

I’d also recess sound panels spaced evenly throughout the studded walls, up high where you’re not likely to put anything. Careful planning would be really helpful here. You and the misses will appreciate the noise reduction.

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#4 posted 08-20-2017 05:20 PM

Another person on here from Aiken? Welcome.

Personally, I think OSB makes the most sense in garage workshops, but sticking with sheet rock makes the most sense for anything actually inside the house or basement.

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#5 posted 08-20-2017 07:14 PM

Another vote for drywall but… I would suggest planning out where you would be attaching things to the walls and adding some in between the stud blocks to support whatever you were planning for that space.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#6 posted 08-20-2017 07:27 PM

+1 for blocking. 16” OC, running horizontally, all the way up the wall between the studs. Can use 2×3’s or 2×4s. If you make it a regular grid, then it makes it very easy to attach anything to the wall. Then put drywall over like normal. A little more labor than throwing up 1/2 plywood, but as Bill M. pointed out, the drywall is better for fire safety.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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