I'm debating on what material to use for the walls of my new workshop.
I'm starting with insulation between studs - the only real requirement
is that I have at least decent sound supression since it's in the
basement under my daughter's room :-) I'm leaning towards using a
stud supported mounting system for most of the stuff I'm hanging on the
walls, so it's not crucial that I be able to drive a nail in anywhere
and expect it to hold. I realize this is a pretty wide open question
that's probably been covered before, so feel free to direct me to old
Thanks in advance,
I theorize that the sound suppression may only need to be in the ceiling.
My shop walls are peg board. I have many tools hanging on the hooks. It
keeps the tools quite accessible and eliminates the need for cabinets that
consume floor space.
I had the paint store mix up the brightest white they could, that helps too.
I would think about a 2 layer system...Wallboard for the fire retardant
layer and a T-111 for an outer layer to keep the dings in the wall from
boards and tools to a minimum, if you want a single layer, use theater
fire-retardant on the T-111 - follow the directions carefully - and it
will pass code. My workshop is all T-111 lined and it was "primed" using
the fire retardant and then painted in some areas and left "natural" in
others. The natural areas need a re-coat of the fire retardant each year.
I use a cutting torch in the workshop (no it is not in the basement) and
from time to time get too close to the wall. I have never had an open
flame from the walls.
The outermost wall covering should be a fire-resistant material such as
fire-rated gypsum wallboard. This is a particular concern for a relatively
high fire hazard area such as a woodworking shop located under living
quarters. In some locales, building code may require it. If hanging things
from shop walls is a consideration, the gypsum board can be underlayed with
plywood or OSB, or external French cleats may be used. If minimum noise
transmission to adjoining basement rooms is a concern, the wallboard may be
suspended from the studs via metal acoustic channel or clips [DAGS].
Sealing ALL gaps with acoustic sealant and installing solid core doors,
weather-stripped and sealed at the bottom with floor sweeps would be
beneficial for maximum acoustic benefit. Ovehead clearance permitting,
suspended ceilings can also significantly reduce noise transmission and
retard fire spread to rooms above as well as providing access to overhead
utilities. These acoustic treatments are similar to those employed for home
theaters, band practice rooms, etc.
Fire detectors in the shop interconnected with alarms in the upstairs
bedrooms would be recommended.
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