Phase 3 – Part 1 – Calculating Amounts of Materials Needed
Now it is time to figure out what materials you will need to begin building the foundations in your (2) Bases. We will begin with the Pegboard and Pegboard Hooks that will be needed.
Installing Pegboard is a fairly easy project, yet one which will give you a lifetime of satisfaction. Pegboard is a must, if you want to efficiently organize your tools.
Before we discuss ‘How to Install Pegboard’, we must first, look at your Pegboard purchase options.
Pegboard comes in a variety of materials: Hardboard, plastic, and metal. I personally prefer the Hardboard type, but the choice is obviously yours. Hardboard Pegboard is very durable, easily custom cut, and will last a very long time. Hardboard Pegboard is usually available in (3) different thicknesses: 1/8″, 3/16″, and 1/4″. The 1/4″ thickness will last longer and is more durable. The 1/4″ is what I recommend.
Pegboard comes with either 1/8″ or 1/4″ diameter holes. Always use the 1/4″ hole type. It is much more durable and can support even the heaviest tools. They both have standard 1″ spacing for the holes.
Your best value is to purchase the Pegboard in 4′ x 8′ sheets and cut it to size if necessary. It is also available in 2′ x 4′ and 4′ x 4′ sizes, but you will pay a little more.
Pegboard is usually installed over the top half of an 8′ high wall, 4′ long, from top to middle of the wall. However, if you happen to be 5′ tall, for example, you might consider installing your Pegboard about a foot lower to allow you easier access to your top hanging tools.
Pegboard also comes in various colors, although in hardboard, it is generally only offered in brown and white. However, it is easily paintable if you prefer. Choose the color that suits you.
Most Home Improvement Stores offer reasonable, quick, delivery options. It is an item that they usually have quantities of in stock, in the store, with some stores offering flat delivery fees for a delivery, which is not dependent on the amount of materials purchased.
About Pegboard Hooks
Next, we need to look at your Pegboard Hooks options.
Two common thicknesses for Pegboard Hooks are 1/8″ diameter and 3/16″ diameter, both of which will fit into standard pegboard hole configurations. The thicker the Hook, the more it can handle. Although you can use the 1/8” Hooks in 1/4″ diameter holes, it is not recommended, as they will easily fall off the pegboard nearly every time you take a tool down. It is best to purchase the 3/16″ dia. Hooks.
Pegboard Hooks come in a wide variety of styles. Some of the styles offered include: angled, curved, Single pegs of varying lengths, twin pegs of different lengths, shelf brackets, loop holders, pliers holders, multiple tool holders in both angle and looped designs, loop, and super Hooks. The variety of choices should allow you to hang any type of tool that you have. Variety Packs will be the most economical to purchase. They offer a variety of commonly used types at a good price. Purchasing these and then adding additional specific types needed is the best way to buy.
Phase 3 – Part 1: Calculating & Purchasing the Materials Needed
Tools & Supplies Needed:
- Your Designs for both your Primary and Secondary Bases
- Scratch Paper
- Sharpened Pencil
- 25’ Tape Measure
If you were thorough when creating your designs in the last Phase, you will know exactly where your pegboard will go in both your Primary Base and your Secondary Base, and you will have the suggested dimensions for your pegboard listed on your designs. If not, you will need to complete that process now.
Either way, I believe very strongly in the old carpenter’s adage: ‘measure twice, cut once’. It is always recommended to measure twice before purchasing and/or cutting materials.
The amount of Materials & Supplies Needed will be dependent on your designs. You will need to purchase the following:
Materials & Supplies Needed:
- 1” x 2” x 8’s (needed when installing pegboard on to a wallboard wall, for backside hook clearance)
- Pegboard Hooks (variety packs plus additional)
- #10 Roundhead Phillips Wood Screws (length dependent on material thickness)
- 1/2” diameter Washers to fit your #10 Screws (optional – needed only if screws do not have large enough heads on them to prevent the screw from going through the holes in the Pegboard)
- Flathead Phillips Wallboard Screws (length dependent on material thickness)
- (3) 2” x 4” x 8’ (2 used to brace your pegboard when cutting on saw horses, and 1 cut in half to temporarily hold pegboard in place when hanging)
- Package of Shims
- (4) 1” long or longer Finishing Nails
Step 1 – Create a Materials & Supplies Needed Sheet
Most of the information to complete this Step is found in the page: Steps Common to All Projects
Simply click on that Link and you will be directed there.
You can also access it in the drop-down Top Menu under: Home
In addition to the information found in: Steps Common to All Projects the following applies to this project:
You will be creating (2) Materials & Tools Needed sheets for this project. Your Initial sheet and your Final sheet. You will need to make the following changes to your Initial Materials & Tools Needed sheet:
- You will NOT use the 1st column: Amt. Cross it out.
- Cross out the names of all of the Suppliers including ‘Other’.
- Above: Amazon.com write: Primary
- Above: HomeDepot.com write: Secondary
Your column headings for your Initial sheet, from left to right are:
Materials & Tools Needed Primary Secondary TOTALS
Once you have completed filling out the Materials Needed column (the other columns will be filled out shortly), you will need to complete Steps 2 thru 6 on this page before returning to the Steps Common to All Projects to complete Steps 2 thru 4 on that page. Steps 2 thru 4 from the Steps Common to All Projects page are listed as Steps 7 thru 9 in these Instructions. (This is only time that this will happen.)
Step 2 – Calculating Amount of Pegboard Needed
Calculate the Amount of Pegboard Needed in both of your Bases and record the amounts on your Materials & Supplies Needed sheet.
Consult your Primary Base design to see where your Pegboard will be installed. Measure or remeasure the area(s) lengths to confirm. Write the measurements down on a different piece of scratch paper, rounding up to the next foot for each measurement.
Then add the amounts (if there is more than one) and divide by the length of the Pegboard you will be using. (If you are using 4’ x 8’ sheets of Pegboard, you will divide your total by 8). If there is any amount leftover, round up to the next number. Write this number down in your Primary column across from ‘Pegboard’.
Example: If your measurements total is 30’, then, 30’ divided by 8’ = 3 sheets, with 6’ needed leftover.
Round up the number of Pegboard sheets needed to 4.
This will leave you with 2’ of unused Pegboard leftover. 8’ – 6’ used = 2’ left. Mark this unused amount next to your needed amount of sheets, putting a circle around it. This will indicate the amount that is unused for the Primary Base, and may be able to be used in your Secondary Base.
Then repeat the process for your Secondary Base and write the number down in your Secondary column across from ‘Pegboard’. Based on the example, if after dividing here, there is a leftover number that is 2 or less, you do NOT need to round up, since you will have a 2’ piece leftover from your Primary Base design. If you have a leftover number that is larger than 2, then you will need to round up as before.
Now add the numbers of sheets needed for both Bases and record the amount in your TOTALS column across from ‘Pegboard’.
This is the number of 4’ x 8’ Sheets of Pegboard you will need to order.
Step 3 – Calculating Amount of 1” x 2” x 8’s Needed
Calculate the amount of 1” x 2” x 8’s needed in both of your Bases, and record the amounts on your Materials & Supplies Needed sheet.
If you are installing your pegboard directly onto 2” x 4” studs (without wallboard) you will NOT need any 1” x 2” x 8’s. If you are installing on a wallboard wall, then complete this Step.
Multiply the number of pegboard sheets needed for each Base by (2) and record the number of 1” x 2” x 8’ boards you will need for each Base in the appropriate columns. Add the amounts needed for both Bases and enter the total number needed into the TOTALS column across from 1” x 2” x 8’s.
This is the number of 1” x 2” x 8’s you will need to order.
(The 1” x 2” x 8’s will be cut in half and installed vertically, on each end of your pegboard, and also, every 32 inches on center. This will cause you to use (2) 1” x 2” x 8’s for each full sheet of pegboard, or (4) 4’ long, 1” x 2”s for each sheet.)
Step 4 – Calculating Amount of Pegboard Hooks Needed
Calculate the amount of Pegboard Hooks needed in both of your Bases, and record the amounts on your Materials & Supplies Needed sheet.
Count up the number of tools that you intend to hang on your pegboard in each of your Bases, and write those amounts in the appropriate spots on your Materials & Supplies Needed sheet. Then add them up and mark the Total Amount Needed on your scratch paper.
If you are purchasing Variety Packs, divide your total by the number of Hooks contained in each Pack in order to determine how many Packs are needed. It is best to pick up an extra Pack, since you may run out of a particular style. Add to that, at least 2 long shelf bracket pegs for holding your long handled shovels (you can hang multiple shovels on these pegs, but will need 2 strong Hooks to hold them). You will also need some longer single peg Hooks to hang items like a blower, multiple shrub trimming shears etc. You may also need to add a couple of multi-holder loop hangers for hanging extra screwdrivers, pliers, chisels, etc.
Mark the number of Packs, plus the types of additional Hooks and the amounts needed of each, in the proper areas on your Materials & Supplies Needed sheet for each Base, and mark your Totals in the appropriate column.
This is the number of Pegboard Hooks you will need to order.
Step 5 – Calculating Flathead Wallboard Screws Needed
Calculate the amount of Flathead Wallboard Screws needed in both of your Bases, and record the amounts on your Materials & Supplies Needed sheet.
The length of your Screws will be determined by the combined thickness of the materials that you will be screwing into. You will need to add up the thickness of the materials that you are screwing into, and then add between 3/4” to 1 1/4” (for going into the studs to firmly hold the material being attached), in order to come up with your Screw lengths.
Example: Assuming that you will be installing your pegboard over a 1/2” wallboard wall and screwing into 2” x 4” studs, the 1’ x 2”s will need to be attached with:
2” – 2 1/2″ long – Flathead Phillips Wallboard Screws. (either fine or course thread can be used)
(3/4” for the 1” x 2” thickness, plus 1/2” for the wallboard thickness, plus the 3/4” – 1” length needed to hold firmly onto your 2” x 4” Studs = 2” – 2 1/4”).
You will need (8) Flathead Phillips Wallboard Screws for each 1” x 2” x 8’ needed. Multiply the amount of 1” x 2” x 8’s needed by (8) for each of your Bases and write this amount in the appropriate area on the Materials & Supplies Needed sheet. Then add these amounts and write the Total Amount Needed on your scratch paper.
2” Screws come in 1# boxes, with each box containing about 100 Screws. So, divide the total number of Screws needed by 100, and round up if there is a leftover amount. This will give you the total amount of 1# boxes that you will need for your project. Write down the total number of 1# boxes, along with the length needed, in the totals section on the Materials & Supplies Needed sheet.
This is the number of Flathead Wallboard Screws you will need to order.
Step 6 – Calculating #10 Roundhead Phillips Wood Screws Needed
Calculate the amount of #10 Roundhead Phillips Wood Screws and 1/2″ Washers needed in both of your Bases, and record the amounts on your Materials & Supplies Needed sheet.
Assuming that you will be using the 1/4″ hardboard pegboard, you will need:
- 1” – #10 Roundhead Phillips Wood Screws for attaching the pegboard to the 1” x 2”s
- 1/2” Washers (optional – needed only if Screw heads are not wide enough to avoid being sunk in to the pegboard holes)
(1/4″ for the pegboard thickness, plus 3/4” for the 1” x 2” thickness = 15/16” or 1”)
You will need (6) #10 Roundhead Phillips Wood Screws for each 1” x 2” x 8’ needed. Multiply the amount of 1” x 2” x 8’ needed for your project by (6). This will give you amount of #10 Roundhead Phillips Wood Screws needed. (These may not be available in 1# boxes, but make come only in smaller packages.) Write the total amount and the length needed in the appropriate area on your Materials & Supplies Needed sheet. (If needed, write down an equal amount of 1/2” Washers)
This is the number of #10 Roundhead Phillips Wood Screws you will need to order.
Step 7 – Calculate Project Cost
Again, Steps 7 thru 9 on this page are Steps 2 thru 4 on the Steps Common to All Projects page. First check the Tools & Supplies Needed list for this project, which you will find at the beginning of: Phase 3 – Part 2: Installing Pegboard According to Your Designs to see if there are any tools that you will need to purchase to complete this project, and add them to your Materials & Tools Needed Final sheet. Also, add to the list any damaged tools which you recently discarded that you need to replace.
You will now need to return to: Steps Common to All Projects to complete Steps 2 thru 4 before moving on to complete the next project:
Step 8 – Order Your Materials & Tools Needed
(This is Step 3 on the Steps Common to All Projects page.)
Step 9 – Inspect Your Delivery
(This is Step 4 on the Steps Common to All Projects page.)
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