By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Today’s garages are the last frontier for capturing space and redefining it as workshops, project centers and just about anything else requiring room to work and store things. When you’re looking for a practical surface, Peg Panels by DPI are a good choice, whether a garage needs a total facelift or a one-wall fix up. The 4-by-8-foot panels, which cover 32 square feet, in white and charcoal, are sold at home centers and lumberyards.
A carpenter will charge $259 to install a 12-foot wall of the panels fastened to furring strips in a garage. This includes the labor and material. You can buy the material for $125 and install it yourself and save 53 percent. Before installation, make sure the wall surface is firm, clean and dry, and measure the area to figure out how many panels and furring strips are needed. For the best placement, dry fit the panels and then cut them to size. Use shims to keep the panels level, and apply a construction adhesive such as Liquid Nails to fasten them to the furring strips. For more installation details and information go to DPI’s website at www.decpanels.com.
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That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to install a pegboard wall lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. To customize the cost to where you live add your ZIP Code in the cost box.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.