Protect Sheetrocked Garage Walls with Texture 111 Plywood
By Mark J. Donovan
|If 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.
To 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.
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 baseboard trim.
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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