Pff- drywall is awful delicate for a shop wall, IMHO. If you are truly
strapped for cash, check dumpsters and recycle drops for clean wood pallets,
and pull the planks off and drywall-screw or nail them to the studs. Yes, a
lotta labor prying them apart, but usually pretty decent wood, and it allows
you to hang stuff anywhere. Pallets <used> to be penta-treated like ammo
boxes, but I don't <think> they have done that in several years. But just in
case probably a good idea to take precautions when you work the wood. You
can cut the planks to a multiple of your stud spaces and just screw them up
horizontaly like a stable, or get fancy and lay them out herringbone style.
Or more realistically, keep checking the scratch'n'dent aisle at the
big-box, and buy up the dinged panels of that prefinished faux wood stuff
they sell for skinning sheds with. Ugly, but the surface is rather durable,
compared to drywall. Only you can decide- pretty costs. How much ugly can
you live with? If cost was no object, I'd go with 5/4 car siding or
commercial slat wall, myself. (there is a thought- check local store
fittings wholesaler- the ripout material from failed stores usually goes
Drywall may be delicate but it resists FIRE. And, it is very easy to patch
holes and retouch the patches.
You can make a good case for putting up an 1" or so. This will resist
punch through and can still be patch. Two 1/2" layers will do the job.
First post for me....great group.
I rebuilt my 13x22 shop last year. I used 1/4" luan plywood from Menards
for the walls and ceiling... 7 or 8 bucks a sheet at the time. I
finished the seams using some of that 5/16" pine tongue and groove
paneling, that comes in shrink wrap packages, which I ripped into 1 1/2"
strips for battens. It was a cheap and quick solution and I'm pleased
with the look
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