I'm starting with an unfinished basement with insulation in the walls.
A few questions:
- Seems like quite a few shops have untaped drywall walls - is this to
preserve the possibility of pulling and replacing a panel for making
electrical changes, etc. behind the drywall?
- I'm leaning towards a suspended ceiling, probably with insulation for
sound dampening. Any thoughts/experience/recommendations along these
Thanks in advance,
No, it is because I'm too lazy to finish it. Just could not see the added
benefit in my (garage) shop, but I did paint it.
It should be OK, but if noise is a particular problem, thee are specialty
products for better sound dampening. I've never used them and I have no
idea how effective they are. IIRC, Owens Corning has some stuff on their
web page about it.
For what it's worth, I'm reaching that point in my shop. I plan to put
up drywall, tape, mud and paint -- but then run all the wiring and
plumbing on -top- of the drywall for this very reason. I don't want to
have to muck around behind the wall and deal with insulation and studs
just to make a few simple wiring changes (or to fix a plumbing leak).
For safety, all the wiring will be run in a suitable channel or raceway.
That's how I did mine (T-11) and I think it's great. It has all the
benefits of plywood or OSB, but looks much better IMHO. The texture breaks
down the loud grain pattern of fir, and the vertical lines add interest. In
my case, with only 8' walls, I left the ceiling open. I find it is cooler,
feels more open, it's easier to store stuff up there, and my trusses were
not designed to carry enough load anyway.
It wouldn't be easy to take a sheet down to work on utilities, but it could
I'm not certain of the correct name, but I'm certain I got it wrong. It
also comes with the grooves on 8"ctrs and on 4" ctrs and the name implies
that feature, as well as different thicknesses. I used the 5/8" stuff.
Just visit your local borg and ask for exterior siding in sheets. They all
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