By: Mark J. Donovan
your garage walls are sheetrocked chances are they are scuffed with various
marks. In some cases, there may even be a few holes in the drywall from
accidentally banging the walls with items such as a sit down lawnmower. Ok, I
admit it; there is a metal bar that extends out beyond my lawnmower that has
occasionally seen the backside of my garage drywall.
eliminate the damaged look of a sheetrocked garage, I recently installed texture
111 on the lower half of the walls.
The result, my garage walls now look as if I
have installed wainscoting on them, and are now somewhat immune from the
everyday beating of objects banging up against them.
|For those who are not
familiar with texture 111, it is a tongue and grooved plywood type product
that has on its front surface a finished textured look. It typically comes
in widths and lengths of 4’ x 8’, respectively. In addition, approximately
every 8 inches, there is a ½” channel that runs the width of the board. The
panels come in either 3/8th or 5/8th thicknesses.
To install texture 111 on the lower half of my
garage walls, I used a skill saw and ripped the material in half to create two
Next I installed the textured 111 over the
drywalls such that the channels ran vertically. Since textured 111 has tongue
and grooved edges, there are no visible seams when you butt them together. In
addition, you can apply the nails in the tongue area of the material to hide
nails. Just make sure you nail into wall studs.
the process of installing the textured 111, use a level across the top to make
sure the panels do not gradually walk up or down the garage wall as you continue
to install them. Alternatively, you may also want to consider making marks 4’ up
the walls ahead of time and snapping a line to eliminate the constant checking
with a level.
After installing the texture 111 on the garage
walls, I then used some old 1”x3” strapping wood to cap off the top of the
panels. I used a table saw to notch out a 3/8” x 3/4” inch deep
channel in the backside of the strapping so that it would overlap the top of the
texture 111 material by about 1”.
Along the bottom of the panels, I installed
In just a few hours of work, I had a garage that
looked as if I was standing in a formal dining room. But even more exciting was
now I had walls that were protected against dings from all my garage toys.
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