September 6, 2021

Installing Pegboard

A pegboard is a strong and hardboard used to keep your tools. It requires detailed measuring, leveling, and wall support. Installing the board is an affordable project that takes time and patience. 

The pegboard is sold in two by four, four by four, and four by eight-foot pieces. It is up to you to choose the smaller size or larger option. If you want it smaller, ask the shop attendant to cut it to your size. Expect to get the service for free or at a fee. Install several pegboard sections along your wall. 

Tools and Materials

  • Drill.
  • Screws.
  • Pegboard.
  • Peg hooks.
  • Tape measure.
  • Table saw.
  • Pegboard hangers.

Measure the board

Make pegboard walls in three strips at the top and bottom. Use a ¼ inch pegboard as you attach the straps with washer-head screws. Attach screws on the hooks to the wall. That allows the pegboard to accommodate heavy items like bikes. 

Measure both the width and height of the area you plan to hang the pegboard. Calculate the number of furling straps you need. Space them after every 16 inches. Cut the number of strips needed. The measurements should tally with the ones done on the wall. 

Fasten the strips at every 16-inch stud. Secure and flush the strips to the surface. Pegboard has a standard measurement of 4 x 8 inches. If you have limited knowledge of pegboard sizes, you might as well use the above measurements. 

Use a saw of your choice to trim the board to the dimensions of your choice. Screw the pegboard onto the furring strips. Screw one pegboard at a time if you are installing an expanse of pegboard. The frame gives you space between the wall and the board so that you have an allowance to connect hangers. The frame supports the pegboard and prevents damage to the wall. 

Drill the holes

A pegboard comes with holes that have a spacing of 1 inch. However, there are two thicknesses and two hole sizes. The small hole is ⅛ inch thick and 3/16 inch in diameter. The holes match ⅛ inch pegs, and the thickness is ideal for small projects. 

You are allowed to hang lightweights items. Use thicker boards for heavy tools and durability. Large holes are 1/4 inch and in diameter. They accept 1/8 inch and ¼ inch hooks. Large holes are ideal for workshops and garages.

Mount the pegboard

As you start the process, make use of the stud finder to mark off your wall studs. There are times you cannot find the studs, hang the pegboard on drywall. Install wall anchors every 16 inches for proper support. Drilling into studs allows you to hang heavy tools. 

Take an extra hand when installing furring strips. Hold them horizontally across the wall and place a level on top. Your partner should hold the strip as you start drilling. It has to level up, and there is room for adjustments.  

A small pegboard requires two horizontal furring strips. For large ones, three or four are enough. Drill through the furring strips as you make holes. Place the strips on the wall as soon as leveling is done. 

Match the strip with the wall anchor. The pegboard has to cover framing strips. It has to be level as you get ready to mount it. Screw-in the pegboard into the furring strips and at regular intervals. Secure the pegboard to the wall. 

Layout the pegboard

Find an open stud bay and mount the pegboard up on the studs. If you are working on a wall, mount scrap wood onto the wall. Give the hooks enough space needed behind the pegboard. The scrap wood has to be mounted where there is support over the studs. 

Apply hooks or other pegboard accessories so that you have space to hang your tools. These can be hangers, and they differ in size and design. Choose the type of hardware to attach. It has to accommodate any tool. 

Layout the tools you wish to hang on the pegboard. Try different arrangements so that you will not have to upgrade your pegboard in the future. Set your work tools in place and look for the perfect configuration. 

Outline each tool for correct placement. Customize the tools for accuracy. Mount the frame as you screw it onto the wall using plastic anchors and screws. Use a screw gun, washers, and 3/4 inch wood screws to mount a pegboard on the frame. Align out edges and space screws. If you do not have a screw gun, drill a hole and insert screws using a screwdriver. 

How to Mark Holes on the Pegboard

Make a decision on the spacing of your holes and mark using a permanent marker. The markings are on the pegboard. Tap over the holes. A 6-inch gap between two holes is the standard. Check the total width you calculate the amount of spacing needed around the edges. 

How to Drill Holes in the Pegboard

Take a 5/8 inch drill bit and start drilling holes on the marked areas. Place the center of the bit over the marked areas and sand away splinters around the hole edges on both sides of the board. Use drill pressure to make sure you are drilling straight holes. 

How to Sand the Pegboard

A pegboard is smooth and less sanding is required. Before you start sanding, use medium-grit sandpaper. Concentrate on the edges and corners of the panel since they take up the paint. Wear a face mask to protect yourself from sawdust and work in a well-ventilated area. Dust hinders a smooth and perfect finish when covered by paint. When your paint dries up, the dust particles start showing and leave spots. 

How to Assemble the Pegboard

Use a rail system for heavy load, and the rail should have holes on every inch. That helps it line up with the pegboard. Mount the rail track that comes with screws using two at each stud. The wood screws should be long enough to reach into the wall stud when mounting furling straps. Clip-on the rail cover. Since the hangers mount anywhere along the rail, you can still use the pegboard for smaller items. Make sure the pegboard has the same size as the frame. 

David D. Hughes
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