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12-14-2012 04:03 AM

were buying a new home it has a 2 car garage in the basement that will be turned into my new shop.

Any ideas or suggestions on fininishing out the walls? What about the celing above the shop will be 2 bedrooms and one bath.

Any and all suggestions and pics would be greatly welcomed.

will be heated with a blue flame heater will also AC it this summer loacated in Missouri

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#1 posted 12-14-2012 01:51 PM

A lot depends on how you plan to use your shop. One quick suggestion would be to add some studs and hang a large piece of peg board to hang tools on. Although I have my workbench against a wall because I had no choice due to limited space, try to place your bench as an island.

One sure thing, no matter how you set up your shop, you will change its’ set up. I need to take new pics of my shop because it’s different from 2 years ago when I snapped the last set of pictures.

My shop is under my barn so dust and noise are not an issue with me, but I have seen posts concerning these and living quarters. Good luck and have fun.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#2 posted 12-14-2012 02:46 PM

Mightn’t be a bad idea to add some acoustic insulation to the ceiling. There are plasterboards available with acoustic insulation glued to the back. At the end of the day though, it depends on how much you want to spend on it. If you are going to be adding loads of shelves and fittings, OSB or ply would do it.

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#3 posted 12-14-2012 02:50 PM

Be sure to check and see if there are any return air vents down there and call a heating and air guy to seal it off and cut a new one elsewhere if needed. The dust will get all over the house.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#4 posted 12-14-2012 03:14 PM

I’d shy away from putting sheetrock on the ceiling in case you need to access the plumbing and electrical some time in the future. Fiberglass insulation just becomes mouse and chipmunk motels. Drop ceilings probably the best bet there. Walls can be however ambitious and rich you are. Also depends on if you will have any drainage or water problems around your foundation. Probably less is more in a basement.

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#5 posted 12-14-2012 03:29 PM

Defiantly prepare for a dust collection system.

just my .02

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#6 posted 12-15-2012 12:54 AM

there are no returns there as it is the garage now. but we are building a new garage.
I’m thinking about putting foam-board on the walls. Can I use a ram-set to nail 2×4s to the wall to hang Sheetrock or OSB?

there is plumbing in the ceiling so im going to make access points to get to that when ever needed.

I have a grizz DC with a cyclone

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#7 posted 12-15-2012 02:07 AM

Why not leave the garage as is and make the new building your shop?

-- Art

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#8 posted 12-15-2012 04:57 AM

the garage now is a tuck-under AKA basement level My wife has knee problems and can not do stairs all the time (and were not getting any younger)the new garage will be level with the main floor of the home

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#9 posted 12-15-2012 01:54 PM

You can use a ramset if your foundation is in good shape. I’d use pressure treated material vertically and have it tight to the floor so any weight on the wall is held up by the compressive strength of the framing. I’d also use the yellow board on top of a poly vapor barrier in case of moisture. But I haven’t seen you basement to know if it’s needed. I would probably surface mount electrical runs just for ease of changing things further down the road. Might be nice to put your dust collector in a sound insulated closet since you are framing from scratch.

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#10 posted 12-15-2012 04:19 PM

Norm Abrams on the New Yankee Worksop put up 3/4” T&G plywood for his walls. His reason was simple,
he said with the 3/4 plywood, he never had to search for a stud to hang something on the wall. But there are
some things that I would still find the stud to hang it. Just depends on how heavy the item is. It is costly to go
this route but it is another option.

-- Rich, Columbus, Ohio

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#11 posted 12-15-2012 04:20 PM


On your ceiling question, the ceiling in my shop is I joists. I painted these a dark brown and layed sheetrock panels on each ledge. Complete access (for future wiring, etc.) with no nails, screws, tape or mud and it resembles a beamed ceiling. For a picture of this along with an extensive writeup on how I did the entire shop, please go to my page on lumberjocks. You may be able to use a number of the ideas I used. Also, please feel free to send me a message if you have any questions on any of the info.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#12 posted 12-15-2012 04:49 PM

If I had it to do over again in my shop I would have shot the ceiling white along with the walls ,that makes your whole shop much lighter inside.


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#13 posted 12-15-2012 05:22 PM

I like the separate shop idea if that is even a possibility. Buy your wife one of those chairs that goes on the wall of the stairs. Those are really pretty reasonable in cost. I know you get some hail in MO. because we get it in OK and that is a very small line. With a separate building you can resolve a lot of problems with heet and air and such.

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#14 posted 12-15-2012 09:43 PM


I really like the way you did yours I jut have standard 2x floor joist but could rip some 1x to make a ledge for the drywall to sit in simple cheep and looks great…...

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#15 posted 12-15-2012 09:50 PM

Unless you will be working in there while your wife is sleeping, I don’t see a need to put acoustic insulation on the ceiling. My 2 car garage is also my workshop (MBR above). Get some power lines dropped in the middle so you aren’t relying on wall outlets for machines that are more in the center of the space.

And yes, whatever you decide on now will be different in 2 years as you get a feel for your own personal flow in the space. Best of luck :)

-- John

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