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Organize your garage with pegboard

By In Garage organization, Pegboard On October 30, 2012


Jerry Seinfeld:  “Have you ever noticed if a guy is out in his driveway, working on something with tools, how all the other men in the neighborhood are magnetically drawn to this activity?”

Too true.  That’s totally me.  You can see this bit here – men love work.

My neighbor across the street was making a bunch of noise in his garage a couple of weeks ago, so I had to wander over and see what all the noise was about.  He was re-organizing his garage by putting up pegboard and hanging up all of his ‘big’ tools on it.  I was dumbfounded.  Why had I never thought of that?

I keep most of my hand tools on pegboard in my basement, but the idea of storing my bigger ‘outdoor’ tools on pegboard had never occurred to me.  I visit a lot of houses, and I can tell you from experience that most other people haven’t thought of this either.  I can’t remember visiting a single home where the outdoor tools were stored on pegboard, but this is a great way to do it.

It’s cheap, it’s easy, it looks clean and organized, it’s easy to keep it clean and organized… what’s not to like?  I resolved to do the same thing as soon as possible, which was last weekend.  Here’s the before pic:

Before Pegboard

What a mess, huh?  I pulled it all down, took all the extra wood ‘hangers’ down, and threw up four sheets of 4′ x 8′ pegboard, available at any big box home improvement store.  I also bought several boxes of assorted pegboard hooks to hang all the tools on.

Total cost: $100

Total time: 4 hours

After Pegboard

If your garage walls are covered with drywall, you can’t attach the pegboard directly to the walls because the pegs need a little room to protrude through the holes in the boards.  No problem.  Just attach a bunch of furring strips to the walls, such as 1″x2″x8′ pieces of pine.  They sell for about $1/each, and using three per sheet of pegboard works fine.

Spax ScrewI attached the pegboard using Spax screws, which are available at Home Depot.  I keep these screws on hand in various lengths because I seem to use them for everything.  They’re strong, self tapping, and they accept a #2 square bit, which is far superior to a phillips head.

Reuben Saltzman, Structure Tech Home Inspections

        


About the Author

Reuben

Reuben is a second generation home inspector with a passion for his work. He grew up remodeling homes and learning about carpentry since he was old enough to hold a hammer. Reuben has worked for Structure Tech since it was purchased by Neil in 1997, and is now co-owner of the company. Reuben’s favorite customers are the ones who have a lot of questions; he grew up thinking he was going to be a school teacher because he enjoyed teaching others so much. In a sense, that’s a lot of what home inspections are about, so Reuben truly does what he loves. Reuben has an A.A. degree in liberal arts and has attended most of the Building Inspection Technology classes at North Hennepin Community College. Reuben and his wife are the proud parents of two young childen, Cy Alexander and Lucy Nicole, and have a German Shepherd named Stanley. With two young children Reuben doesn’t have much free time, but he still tries to play disc golf as often as possible during the summer. Reuben lives in Maple Grove, MN. Professional Qualifications / Memberships: *ASHI Certified Inspector *President, ASHI Heartland Chapter *Member, Minnesota Society of Housing Inspectors (MSHI) *Licensed Minneapolis Truth-in-Sale of Housing Evaluator *Licensed Saint Paul Truth-in-Sale of Housing Evaluator *Licensed Maplewood Truth-in-Sale of Housing Evaluator *Licensed Hopkins Truth-in-Housing Evaluator *Licensed Robbinsdale Point of Sale Evaluator *Affiliate Member, Southern Twin Cities Association of Realtors

4 Comments

  • Dee 1 YEAR AGO

    I was looking for a way to organize my garage and saw this picture and it looks so easy I thing I can do it myself, thank you so much for this great idea.

  • Charlie Hendricks 2 YEARS AGO

    We're sitting through a spring snowstorm discussing how to clean up the garage. I think I convinced my husband to use your peg board solution. Thanks!

  • SPAX International 2 YEARS AGO

    Hi Reuben! Nice idea and description of how to organize your garage! Thanks for using and mentioning SPAX. We're glad, you're satisfied with our products. We'd be happy to welcome you on our Facebook page (facebook.com/SPAX) and hear from your next projects (also in English of course). Best wishes from Germany, your SPAX team