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IdahoEv 09-03-2012 12:25 PM

Insulating a garage
 
After talking to other homeowners in the area, I've decided to insulate my detached garage before I drywall it. I live in the Los Angeles area.

What are my options for insulation, and what factors should I consider? I've not done any sort of insulation myself before.

The garage is a 2.5-car detached with a 5' attached shed in the back, running the width of the back wall. The ceiling of the main garage is already insulated and drywalled. The ceiling of the attached shed is unfinished, and all the walls are unfinished.

Thanks!

ddawg16 09-03-2012 01:38 PM

Run additional electrical before you button up the walls. Even if you think you don't need the outlets....you will be glad for them later.

Also review what power you have out there. If you have a single cable running from the roof of your house.....bury it...in fact, dig a trench, install conduit and give yourself a small sub-panel in the garage.

Also a good time to install a 240Vac outlet....you never know when you might want to use it for something.

BTW....on those outlets...put them about 54" high....that way you can stack a sheet of plywood against the wall and it won't cover the outlet.

Side note...I don't live that far from you....I have no insulation in my garage and it's fine....just putting up drywall will do wonders for both temperature and dust/dirt control. Chances are, your house has no insulation in the walls.

IdahoEv 09-04-2012 04:08 PM

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Originally Posted by ddawg16
Run additional electrical before you button up the walls. Even if you think you don't need the outlets....you will be glad for them later.

I'm pretty set on that front. There are ten outlet boxes scattered around the garage already, including two 240's. There's a 40 or 60 amp sub-panel in there, installed when the previous owner upgraded all the electrical for the property in the 1990's. I will take your advice and move them up higher though, before I drywall.


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Side note...I don't live that far from you....I have no insulation in my garage and it's fine....just putting up drywall will do wonders for both temperature and dust/dirt control. Chances are, your house has no insulation in the walls.
I expect to use the garage for a lot of storage, though, some of which I'd rather not have to worry about reaching 110+ degrees in the summer. We'll see - if it's too expensive I'll skip it. But the garage shed has most of the storage capacity for the property. Also, a close friend a mile has said he really wished he had insulated his, for exactly that reason.


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