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Build a Makerspace – Part 5 – Drywall

Before you start reading this you may want to catch-up with:

Part 1 – Why Build a Maker Space
Part 2 – Walls Going Up
Part 3 – Framed!
Part 4 – Insulated!


It’s like a puzzle! A horrible, heavy puzzle. With special rules like don’t install the sheets vertically, don’t end a sheet with a seam around a door, pieces should be hung from the top down, and so on and so forth…


Tools for this part of the build:

  • Figure your SqFt for your drywall and over buy by about 10%-20%.
  • A bucket of drywall screws.
  • at least 2 cordless drills, I used the Milwaukee M12 brushless drill
  • Help! you will need hands for this, beyond yours.
  • a Dremel with a router attachment and a drywall bits (Not a must have but made cutting out electrical box opening a breeze!)
  • Tape measure, pens, a brain and probably another brain to check your brains math before you cut.
  • Utility Knife for scoring the drywall
  • a long straight 2″x4″x8′ or longer to break the drywall on
  • Drywall Screw Setter Bits make sure your screws are inset enough to be filled with mud later. Get some!
  • Steel corner bead for nice sharp corners

This part had lots of math, lots and lots of hands, and dear god, was it hard carrying all the drywall down from the driveway to the basement. I bought 10′ long sheets and it was delivered by the Building supply on a truck with a forklift. Unfortunately I have a steep rock walkway that leads down to my basement that no forklift could ever traverse so the pallet of material had to be taken down 2 sheets at a time.

Once down there we started at the top and by top I mean the ceiling. Do yourself a favor and take a spare 2″x4″x12′ and some scrap 2×4 cut to about 3 feet long as a prop for holding the drywall up to the ceiling from the ground. This worked great and save backs and sheets by keeping one of the helpers on the ground. th ceiling is the hardest part and I now understand why folks like drop ceilings. You never end up holding 30 pounds over your head while you screw it into a floor joist 10 feet above the ground with drop ceilings.

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Build a Makerspace – Part 4 – Insulated!

Before you start reading this you may want to catch-up with:

Part 1 – Why Build a Maker Space
Part 2 – Walls Going Up
Part 3 – Framed!


This place is gonna be LOUD. With the Saws, the Hammers and the grinders that will eventually make their way into this room, it was decided early on that the entire space would need to be insulated before the Sheetrock went in. This was actually one of the more costly and time-consuming parts of the build. I can’t blame folks for not wanting to jump in and help with this part as hours of sweating in a Tyvek suit, respirator and goggles is not much fun. I still had plenty of itchy nights after stapling up the pinky goodness.


Tools for this part of the build:


I did a test (though not very scientific) by running the air compressor in the workshop before and after the insulation and the sound suppression when listening upstairs was significant. Also, the room now stays at a very stable temperature  regardless of the rest of my basement. I have been considering running HVAC lines into the room off the first floor trunks but may not have to due to this insulation.

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Build a Makerspace – Part 3 – Framed!

Before you start reading this you may want to catch-up with:

Part 1 – Why Build a Maker Space
Part 2 – Walls Going Up


Ok, this time we have everything here so we are going to get this done.

We start by cutting all the needed 2″x4″x10′ boards to 8′ 6″ long.  As our walls are going to be 8′ 10″ before the tray this is to accommodate for the footer and header on each wall. The footers were pressure treated 2″x4″x12′ lumber and we used a cartridge riffle gun to shoot the nails into the concrete.  The headers were constructed with 2×2 beams and 2×4 ribs on the ground and then nailed in place above the walls. This was hard work but easier to do with a helper because they were pretty heavy once built.

We had to build in the headers to cover the ventilation that runs from the HVAC in the basement up to the first floor. This will also add some visual interest to the ceiling which sounds nice but adds a lot of work to the drywall, mudding, sanding and ultimately the trim assuming I ever put any on the ceiling down there.

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Build a Makerspace – Part 2 – Walls going up!

So the day has come. Today is that day, and that day has arrived! Ok, enough stalling, grab a damn hammer.

After much planning and plotting and estimating and… Crap, I’m doing it again. Lets get to work.

If you have not read my first post as to why I am doing all this I recommend you do so, as this task will not be an easy one and will consume your weekends for several months (That is if you have gainful employment with requirements that force you off the job from 9-5 or so.)

We started our day with a serious trip to our local big box hardware emporium depot.

The List:

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Build a Makerspace – Part 1

Hi! if you are reading this then like me you are likely into the maker movement that is turning hobbies in to companies and merging  the silos of engineering, science, chemistry, design and art into a single phrase, making! This series of posts is going to detail the process that I am undertaking ignored to Make, my own Maker space in a part of my unfinished basement. This process started as a plan and has quickly become an obsession. So to see if this is relevant to you I will describe my plan, my skill set, and my goals with you to help you on your journey to create a space all your own just like I am.

The Plan

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