Can not decide what material or thickness to use on shop walls & ceiling.
Possibilities I have thought of:
Walls - 5/8" or 3/4" MDF or 1/2" Luan
Ceilings - 1/2" Luan
Any suggestions will be appreciated. I need several options since material
in this area has zoomed up in price since Katrina.
Also, any value in putting 3'4" sound deadening board between the studs
before wiring & putting in insulation?
Steve in Louisiana . . .
You probably also have a building code there. Your insurance company would
take it as an opportunity to avoid paying a claim if you violated it with
flammable materials on walls and ceiling. Of course, you might get hit by a
hurricane before you caught fire ....
You can buy 1/2" lauan for less than $13.44 for a 4x8' sheet? Even if
you can, I'm not sure I'd want it...lots of the wod they use for the ply
puts out some really fierce splinters.
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If you can find it, 3/8" rough sawn plywood makes a nice wall.
The 1/2" luan is not a bad choice. MDF is going to be awful heavy
for a wall section.
The ceiling would be the 3/8" I mentioned earlier.
It's currently $18 per sheet here in south eastern N.C.
Sheetrock is an option at about $9.00 a sheet but requires a
good bit of work to hang,tape,finish,paint.
The wood wall will stand up to a lot more abuse than anything
Steve DeMars wrote:
For my turning shop, I hung 5/8" drywall - pretty solid stuff and takes
a good hit before punching through - easy to touch up any dings with a
dollop of compound. I totally skipped the taping and mudding of the
joints - just painted semi-gloss (or was it high-satin) on the hung
panels. It was inexpensive, easy to hang and cut holes for the outlets,
easy to paint and entire sections are easy to replace if need be by just
pulling the easily found, non-mud packed screws. Did I mention it was
I would use 1/2 insulated particle board. (The insulation is laminated on
one side and is a thin foil layer.) It works remarkably well and is easy to
install. For me, I would then cover it with 1/2 drywall for a clean
appearance or at least prime and paint it.
My choice is 1/2" plywood for the walls - so I can hang anything I want,
anywhere I want. Would probably paint it a light color.
1/2" Sheetrock for the ceiling - because it's cheap,
needs to be bright, and I like smooth ceilings
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