Material for Shop Walls ?


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Iowa883

I own a small motorcycle repair business and I am building a new shop. I was
wondering what to use for the walls ? I am thinking plywood,drywall or
something else. I heard that there is a type of drywall for like bathrooms
or shower stalls, is this correct ? I a am afraid normal drywall would be
too brittle and would absorb moisture.
Thanks,
Iowa883
 
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Edwin Pawlowski

Iowa883 said:
I own a small motorcycle repair business and I am building a new shop. I
was
wondering what to use for the walls ? I am thinking plywood,drywall or
something else. I heard that there is a type of drywall for like bathrooms
or shower stalls, is this correct ? I a am afraid normal drywall would be
too brittle and would absorb moisture.
Thanks,
Iowa883
There is a board for moist areas. Any drywall or home supply outlet will
have it. As for the plywood, it may not meet building code unless there is
drywall under it. In a shop, plywood is nice in that you have one very
large tool board.
 
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John Gilmer

There is a board for moist areas. Any drywall or home supply outlet will
have it. As for the plywood, it may not meet building code unless there is
drywall under it. In a shop, plywood is nice in that you have one very
large tool board.
A good thickness of drywall will also let you hang "stuff". Good forbid
but if there is a fire, the wall board will definitely keep in one one side
or the other for a hour.
 
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Iowa883

Do you recall what this board is called and an approx. price per sheet ?
Also what do I have to cover it with to keep it from absorbing and liquid
that gets on it ? Do I have to paint it or seal it ?
Thanks,
Iowa883
 
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Andy Hill

Iowa883 said:
Do you recall what this board is called and an approx. price per sheet ?
Also what do I have to cover it with to keep it from absorbing and liquid
that gets on it ? Do I have to paint it or seal it ?
Thanks,
Iowa883
There's "greenboard", which is your basic drywall with a water resistant paper.
Better than regular drywall for the occasional splash, but will break down under
continuous wet just like standard drywall.

There is also concrete board (Durock / Wonderboard). It'll handle water a lot
better than greenboard or regular drywall (it's the backing material of choice
in tiled showers and such).

What sort of water problems do you anticipate? Shoot, most garages are just
done up with 3/4" drywall. Why would this "shop" have larger moisture problems
than a garden-variety garage?
 
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SQLit

Iowa883 said:
I own a small motorcycle repair business and I am building a new shop. I was
wondering what to use for the walls ? I am thinking plywood,drywall or
something else. I heard that there is a type of drywall for like bathrooms
or shower stalls, is this correct ? I a am afraid normal drywall would be
too brittle and would absorb moisture.
Thanks,
Iowa883
Ever thought of putting sheet metal over the drywall? A buddy did his shop
that way. Easy to clean and if you use grease pencil you can wipe off the
notes you put on the wall.

Better check with your zoning agency. A shop could have fire regulations in
you area that we are not aware of.
 
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Iowa883

I live in a rural area and I think the codes are pretty relaxed .
I am just wondering what prep I will have to do to drywall to get it into
service ?
Thanks,
Iowa883
 
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Iowa883

I guess I really don't know why my shop would have more moisture probles, I
have floor drains,cement floor and vapor barrier between the insulation and
the tin siding.
Iowa883
 

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