Insulation Installation

I had no work again today. There are a couple things in my que, but they would not be considered ’emergencies’ and until I hear otherwise, those are the only things I’m supposed to be doing. So, knowing that I need to get back on the home project wagon, I started thinking about where to start. Which unfinished project most needs to be completed.

As I ran through my list I kept coming back to the same situation; if I do X, then I will need to do Y in the garage. The garage as workshop is more and more a thing as less and less of the basement is available for such things. Now the problem is that right now the garage is a mess and there’s twenty-four bundles of insulation taking up the floorspace. I needed to get that insulation out of the way, but there is no place to put it. Which means, in order to get it off the floor, I need to put it in the walls.

Like I said, everything keeps pointing back to this project. This itchy, nasty project. So that is what I started today.

I managed to get one wall insulated, which isn’t terribly impressive. But most of the time was moving things out of the way. That one wall was pretty full. All the rakes, shovels, and yard implements were hung on that wall. There were two tall cabinets full of tools and parts mounted on that wall and a tall stack of drawers (also full of tools) in the corner. And there were two small workbenches on that wall, both cluttered with tools and parts. And best of all, most of the exposed wall was covered with pegboard and the pegboard was hung with even more tools. I had to move all that stuff just to get to the wall. I kinda ran out of places to put things.

Now that the insulation is up, I need to sheet that wall with something–drywall or OSB–probably drywall. Which means I need to get to the home center and buy some board. Which means I need to figure out where any outlets are going to be and wire those in, which means I’ll be doing more mudding, taping, and sanding. Which means… this is going to take a bit more than one day.

A question: Is there any reason I should not put a drop ceiling in the garage? My ceiling space is not useful for storage, as I only have 2×6 rafter ties up there and they are 4-foot on center. If I wanted to do storage, I’d have to frame in some sort of ceiling. That seems like a lot of work and I would need to consult someone about how to best do that sort of project. I’m thinking a drop ceiling with some insulation laid on top of it would be a more practical solution. Any thoughts?

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