Calculating Amounts of Materials Needed
Organize It! – Phase 3 of 8 – Part 1
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Now it is time to figure out what Materials you will need to begin building your Pegboard Wall and organizing your (2) Bases.
I am sure that some of you might think that you should start with Organizing your main Tool Box first. While you can certainly do that, if you wish, I have started with the Installation of Pegboard, since many people will install Pegboard on the wall behind or near their main Tool Box. This will save you the trouble of having to move your Tool Box out of the way in order to complete this, which may be somewhat difficult, depending on how large or heavy, that your Tool Box may be.
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.
Types of Pegboard
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 needed. 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.
Types of 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
The amount of Materials & Supplies Needed will be dependent on your Designs.
If you are Installing Pegboard in both of your Bases, you will need to purchase some quantity of each of the following Materials & Supplies for each Base:
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 (2 ½” in length is best)
- (3) 2” x 4” x 8’ (You only need to purchase one set of these and use them for both of your Bases – 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 (You only need to purchase one package of these and use for both Bases.)
- (4) 1” long or longer Finishing Nails
In order to purchase any Materials & Supplies Needed, see the appropriate page in any of the drop-down pages under: Home Products – Supplies in my Top Menu. Scroll down the list to find the correct item. You will find an explanation of that item, as well as, links under each item, which direct you to my Recommended Suppliers for you to check out their offerings.
Tools & Supplies Needed:
In addition to the Tools & Supplies Needed which are listed on my page: 5 Steps for Project Management, you will also need the following for this Project:
- Your Designs for both your Primary and Secondary Bases
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.
In addition to the Instructions in: 5 Steps for Project Management, (which are the first 5 Steps for every Project, you should also review the additional information for each Step included here, before completing those Steps.
Step 1 – Assess the Project
You will need to Assess the amount of items which need to be hung on your Pegboard, as well as, the spaces available in both of your Bases. This may cause you to do some decluttering in the areas where you intend to install the Pegboard, or some rearranging of your spaces.
Consult your Design Plans to see where your Pegboard will be installed. Make any changes to your Plans that you deem necessary.
Once you have decided on which walls will contain your Pegboard, you should take some measurements and write them down on some scratch paper. Make sure that you identify your measurements by Base.
Decide on the type of material that you will use for your Pegboard, as well as the size and styles of the Pegboard Hooks that you will use.
Look over the Tools that are in each of your Staging Areas in order to get an overall view on how many will need to be hung on your Pegboard. Then, beginning with your Design Plan for your Primary Base, look at where you are going to install your Pegboard. Then do the same for your Secondary Base. Make any changes to your Plans that you deem necessary.
Make your decisions as to the type of Pegboard Material and Pegboard Hooks that you will be using.
Step 2 – Create a Materials & Tools Needed Sheet
If you are installing Pegboard in both of your Bases, you will be creating (3) Materials & Tools Needed sheets for this Project. You will create one sheet for each of your Bases, as well as, a Combined Sheet for placing your order.
You will now need to calculate the amounts of each type of material needed for each of your Bases in order to compete your Project. Then, you will add the amounts, and list the Totals on your Combined Sheet (for ordering purposes). You will need to do this as follows:
Based on your Design Plans, calculate the amount of Pegboard sheets that will be needed for each of your Bases. Then, record those amounts, type of material, and sizes on each of your Materials & Supplies Needed sheets.
Then, add the numbers of sheets needed for both Bases and record the amount in the Totals column on your Combined Sheet across from ‘Pegboard’.
- Beginning with your Primary Base, and consulting your Design Plan to see where the Pegboard is intended to be hung, measure or remeasure the area(s) lengths to confirm (horizontal measurements). (I am assuming that your Pegboard will be installed in 4’ heights. If for any reason, this is not the case, then you will need to make some adjustments to your calculations.) Record your measurements on a piece of scratch paper.
- Add the amounts of all of the areas in your Primary Base where your Pegboard is to be installed, 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 length needed by 8). If there is any amount leftover, round up to the next number. Write this number down in your Amount column across from ‘Pegboard’ on your Materials & Supplies Needed sheet for your Primary Base.
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 on that Materials & Supplies Needed sheet for your Secondary Base 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 on your Combined Sheet in the appropriate column across from ‘Pegboard’.
This is the number of 4’ x 8’ Sheets of Pegboard you will need to order.
1” x 2” x 8’s
Calculate the amount of 1” x 2” x 8’s needed for each of your Bases, and record the amounts on each of your Materials & Supplies Needed sheets. Then, add the amounts, and place the Total on your Combined Sheet in the appropriate column across from 1” x 2” x 8’s.
If you are installing your Pegboard directly onto 2” x 4” Studs (with no Wallboard) you will not need any 1” x 2” x 8’s.
If you are installing on a Wallboard wall, then complete this Step as follows:
- Beginning again with your Primary Base, multiply the number of Pegboard sheets needed by (2). That will be the number of 1” x 2” x 8’ boards you will need. Record that number in the appropriate column.
- Repeat the process for your Secondary Base.
- Add the amounts needed for both Bases and record the amount on your Combined Sheet in the appropriate 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.)
Calculate the amount of Pegboard Hooks needed for each of your Bases, and record the amounts on each of your Materials & Supplies Needed sheets. Then, add the amounts and place the Total on your Combined Sheet in the appropriate column across from Pegboard Hooks.
- Count up the number of Tools that you intend to hang on your Pegboard in each of your Bases, and write those amounts on your Materials & Supplies Needed sheets. Then add up those amounts on some scratch paper to get the Total amount needed.
- If you are purchasing Variety Packs, divide your Total amount needed, by the number of Hooks contained in each Pack in order to determine how many Variety Packs are needed. It is best to pick up an extra Pack, since you may run out of a particular style. Mark down the number of Variety Packs needed on your Combined Sheet in the appropriate column across from Pegboard Hooks – Variety Packs.
- Add to that, the following additional Pegboard Hooks: 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), some longer single peg Hooks to hang items like a blower, multiple shrub trimming shears etc., and a couple of multi-holder loop hangers for hanging extra screwdrivers, pliers, chisels, etc. Add these extra Hooks to your Combined Sheet in the appropriate column across from Extra Pegboard Hooks.
This is the number of Pegboard Hooks you will need to order.
Flathead Phillips Wallboard Screws
Calculate the amount of Flathead Phillips Wallboard Screws needed for each of your Bases, and record the amounts on each of your Materials & Supplies Needed sheets. Then, add the amounts and place the Total on your Combined Sheet in the Totals column across from Flathead Phillips Wallboard Screws.
If you are installing your Pegboard directly onto 2” x 4” Studs (with no Wallboard) you will not need any Flathead Phillips Wallboard Screws.
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 about 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 1/2” Wallboard, and screwing into 2” x 4” Studs, the 1’ x 2”s will need to be attached with:
- 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 1 1/4” length needed to hold firmly into your 2” x 4” Studs = 2 1/2”).
- 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 each of your Materials Needed sheets. Then add these amounts and write the Total Amount Needed on your scratch paper.
- 2 1/2” Screws usually 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 Combined Sheet across from Flathead Phillips Wallboard Screws.
This is the number of Flathead Wallboard Screws you will need to order.
#10 Roundhead Phillips Wood Screws
Calculate the amount of #10 Roundhead Phillips Wood Screws needed and 1/2” Washers (if needed) for each of your Bases, and record the amounts on your Materials & Supplies Needed sheets. Then, add the amounts and place the Total on your Combined Sheet in the Totals column across from #10 Roundhead Phillips Wood Screws.
Assuming that you will be using the 1/4″ Hardboard Pegboard, you will need:
- #10 Roundhead Phillips Wood Screws – 1” in length 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 = 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’s needed for each of your Bases by (6), and record this amount on each of your Materials & Supplies Needed sheets. (These may not be available in 1# boxes, but may only come in smaller packages.) Then add these amounts and write the Total Amount Needed on the Combined Sheet across from #10 Roundhead Phillips Wood Screws (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 (If the heads are not large enough to keep the Screws from penetrating into the Pegboard holes, then you will also need to order an equal amount of ½” Washers.).
Step 3 – Calculate Project Cost
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 also need to purchase to complete this project, and add them to your Materials & Tools Needed Combined 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: 5 Steps for Project Management to complete Steps 3 thru 5 before moving on to complete the Installation part of the Project: Phase 3 – Part 2: Installing Pegboard According to Your Designs
Step 4 – Order Your Materials & Tools Needed
(Follow the Instructions on the: 5 Steps for Project Management page.)
Step 5 – Inspect Your Delivery
After reviewing the information here, additional information to complete these first (5) Steps is found in the page: 5 Steps for Project Management. Simply click on that link and you will be directed there.
Please take the time to leave a Comment or ask a Question in the Comments section below. Let me know how your Project went.