If you’re looking to build a new wall in your garage, congratulations! Building things is fun and rewarding. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of building your new wall from scratch. We’ll also share our best tips for getting things done quickly and painlessly, so you can get back to using your garage for what it was really made for (storing your car).
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Mark the wall location
- Mark the wall location
- Check for level, then use a tape measure to make sure it’s the correct length
- Hammer the studs into place at 16″ intervals on center, following a chalk line if possible
- Use a utility knife to cut the bottom plate for each side and screw it into place with 1 1/4″ drywall screws (or use glue and nails)
- Use a power miter saw to cut an angle at one end of each top plate; this will determine where your door will sit later on in the project
Create the top and bottom plates
For the sides, you’ll need to cut 2x4s to size. Your goal is to build three walls at the same height and length with an interior space of about 16 inches between all four walls.
To create the top and bottom plates for your garage wall, use these measurements:
- 2x4s cut at 32-7/16 inches long (this will be the inside width of your garage door)
- 1x2s cut at 15-3/8 inches long (this will be used as spacers between each level of studs)
Use a framing square or carpenter’s level to make sure each board is perfectly straight before you begin attaching them together. You should also make sure that they’re plumb; if they aren’t, adjust them accordingly before continuing on with construction
Check for plumb
What is Plumb?
Plumb means “perpendicular to the ground” and is used as a reference to vertical or horizontal lines.
When you want to check for plumb in your garage walls, you will use a level. It is important that you use the level properly. The best way to make sure the wall is plumb (vertical) and straight (horizontal) at all times during construction is by checking it frequently with a level. If one side of your garage has different measurements than another side, then chances are that it isn’t exactly straight or even. This could be due to uneven ground conditions or poor quality materials used during construction; however, when building walls in your garage, especially large ones like these ones here at Garage Maestro we need them straight and plumb so everything will fit together nicely later on down the road when we start putting up shelves or cabinets.
Hang studs on the plates with 16-penny nails
- Use a framing square to check for plumb.
- Use a tape measure to measure the distance between each stud.
- Mark your stud locations using a framing square and then drive 16-penny nails into them with a hammer, making sure you hit them dead center with each blow so that they’re secure.
- Cut the studs down to size with the circular saw if necessary (you’ll want them about 3′ long). Make sure that these measurements are accurate before proceeding! If your walls don’t end up straight, it won’t matter how beautiful they look—you’re going to have trouble hanging any other elements later on in this project if things aren’t level and square at this stage (and trust us: They won’t be).
A box of 16 penny nails
In this section, we’ll learn how to build a wall in a garage. We’ll use an online tool called Framing Square to find the centerpoints of each stud and mark them. Then, we’ll cut all our wood using either a circular saw or a power miter saw (it’s up to you). After that, we’ll nail the top and bottom plates onto the four walls of our garage with 16 penny nails. Finally, we’ll put drywall on all those studs and attach it to them with more 16 penny nails
4 studs spaced 16″ apart
When building a garage, you will need to make sure that the walls are properly aligned. Use a framing square to check for plumb, level and square. A framing square is also used to check for 90 degree angles (when two pieces of wood form a right angle) and 45 degree angles (when two pieces of wood form an acute angle).
Use a 16-penny nail gun to attach the studs to the plate. A nail gun is a tool that uses nails to build things. The nail gun is a very useful tool, and it can make building much easier. You can buy a nail gun at any hardware store, or you can buy one online if you prefer buying things from the comfort of your own home (where there are no mosquitoes).
A nail gun is an excellent tool for building things made of wood—and, as we’ll see soon, that’s exactly what we’re going to be doing with our wall
A tape measure is a tool used to measure distance. It can be used to measure the distance between two points, or the length of an object, or the height of an object. This is a very useful tool if you need to measure something
A tape measure is a very useful tool if you need to measure something. You can use it to determine how far apart two objects are from each other on a wall, like studs and drywall sheets for example.
- Utility knife
- Tape measure
A framing square is a tool used to ensure that the wall is plumb. It’s made of wood and has an L-shaped handle, which you use to check your walls for plumb (straight up and straight down). You also use it to make sure your walls are square. In order to install a garage door, it must be mounted into the studs in your garage. The process involves using the framing square to check where each stud should go and then marking them with a pencil as you go along. Once you’ve done this, using either a circular saw or table saw, cut one side at an angle so that it meets up with another piece of wood on top of it; this way when both pieces have been cut at different angles they will form an acute angle when connected together by their topside edges facing opposite directions from one another—the same goes for cutting both pieces’ bottom halves too! Finally after doing this you’ll need sandpaper before finishing off by painting all four sides accordingly so no one knows how shoddy they really look underneath those glossy coats of paint
Circular saw or power miter saw to cut wood
- Circular saw or power miter saw to cut wood
- Hand saw
- Utility knife
- Framing square (optional)
- Tape measure (optional)
With a little time and some basic hand tools you can build a garage wall yourself.
With a little time and some basic hand tools you can build a garage wall yourself. The first step is to use a tape measure to determine how tall you want your wall, then use a framing square to mark it out on the floor or ceiling. Next, use a circular saw or power miter saw to cut wood studs where needed (usually not required). Make sure that all pieces are cut at the same length so that they line up when put together later on.
Next comes assembly: hammering in nails with your hammer, cutting any extra nails off with utility knife if necessary, using framing nailer for large areas such as window openings etc…
You can do it. With a little time and some basic hand tools you can build a garage wall yourself.