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Hilary 11-05-2012 01:12 PM

peg board for tools
Wondering if metal peg board is better than wood? Also how thick should wood peg board be - got 3 panels from Home Depot and seems really thin...

joecaption 11-05-2012 03:46 PM

They sell differant thickness and 2 differant sized holes.
Did you get the one with the 1/4" holes?
How it get attached to the studs is what's going to stiffen it up.

I have so many tools hanging on mine you can barly see the peg board and it works fine.

Hilary 11-05-2012 03:58 PM

Thanks Joe... Looks like its only 1/7 or 1/6 inch - rather than 1/4. It's all they sell there. I was going to frame it using 1x2s and possibly washers (tip picked up on this site) Open to any better suggestions though!

Hilary 11-05-2012 04:00 PM

Sorry - just reread your question & yes - it has 1/4inch holes

joecaption 11-05-2012 04:07 PM

No such thing as the sizes you posted.
It's 1/8 or 1/4. If it's not 1/4 take it back it's use less,
The board will fail and the peg hooks are so thin there going to just bend.
Using a 2 X 2 frame or 2 X 4's on end will give you more usable area to hang hooks. I attach the the peg board to the frame using screws with built in washers.
I've tryed using the spacers and found it to be a real pain, plus there's less surface area supporting the peg board so I found it caused it to flex if you hang anything between the screws.

Missouri Bound 11-05-2012 07:10 PM


Originally Posted by Hilary (Post 1045321)
Wondering if metal peg board is better than wood? Also how thick should wood peg board be - got 3 panels from Home Depot and seems really thin...

What do you plan on hanging on the pegboard? 1/8" and 1/4" are the two sizes to choose from. The 1/4" hooks are sturdier and there is a much greater selection of different hooks for different applications.

Hilary 11-05-2012 07:32 PM

what do I plan to use the peg board for....
I plan on hanging tools... some quite heavy (huge plumbing wrench and possibly power drill) but most are fairly light (screwdrivers, saws, etc)

Missouri Bound 11-05-2012 07:37 PM

Take the pegboard back and get slotwall. Or perforated hardboard. Regular pegboard isn't sturdy enough. Perforated hardboard is what is used in retail situations, as well as slotwall.

notmrjohn 11-06-2012 09:47 AM

Hilary, what you got there is probably 3/16" thick. If its tempered hardboard it'll do the job. Just glue and screw vertical 1X2's every couple of feet on edge to the back side between the rows of holes. If those verticals line up with wall studs, drill thru and screw to stud. 1/4" tempered would be stronger, but not always available at big box. You'll have to drill a starter hole at least for screws, even sharp dry wall screws try to wander on tempered hardboard. Some folks just screw thru holes already there, but then you loose a whole row of hanging space. If you add horizontal stiffeners do use those holes, a horizontal stiffener between them makes row below unusable anyway.

For heavier tools use double prong hooks that go thru holes one above the other. A 1/4 or 3/16 stiffener on face over the top hook would help keep it from pulling thru, some double prongs have a "washer" welded on to bottom prong to bear that load. Two double prongs hooks straddling a 1X2 will hold your pipe wrench. You can even drive a screw L, curved, or eye hook into the 1x for heavy stuff to hang on

Don't go drawing those nifty outlines around your tools for a while, Wait till your sure that's where you want them. And where you gonna put the new middle size tool that should go between big one and small one?

Hilary 11-06-2012 09:51 AM

What great ideas... Thank you so much!!!

notmrjohn 11-06-2012 09:56 AM

Wow! You're fast. You musta read that while I was editing it. I dunno if I added something or was trying to co-wreck spelling.

Hilary 11-06-2012 10:10 AM

I get the emails through my phone...Really appreciate your time and help... Wanted to be sure to thank you in a "timely" manner.

notmrjohn 11-07-2012 08:38 AM

"thank you in a "timely" manner." Might have been too fast. Best wait and see that the tools and board stay on wall. If you are awakened by a mighty crash late one night, you might wanta say "thank you."

Hilary 11-07-2012 08:43 AM

Guessing if that happens, it would be because of my faultly instillation (as a novice) vs your expert advice :)

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