Replacing MDF in garage racking

  1. Phil_D Member

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    ive acquired some cheapish garage racking that is in good nick except the MDF shelves are saggy and mouldy.

    Rather than replace this with more MDF what would be a better cost effective solution for use in a damp garage? Marine ply?
     
  2. the snooper

    the snooper getting older by the day

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    A decent thickness exterior ply, it will be a lot cheaper then marine
     
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  3. Onoff Member

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    My garage isn't damp per se as it has a damp course but I do get a sheen of condensation on tool cabinets etc at certain times of the year.

    I had some scrap galv angle and made up shelves from 18mm chipboard flooring and roofing battens. A couple of coats of Wickes shed and fence paint and jobs a good 'un. Been done a good few years.

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  4. dobbslc

    dobbslc Member

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    I've got some thick old chipboard (3/4") on mine that's been fine for years, as long as it's not getting wet it'll be ok.
     
  5. p0689109 Member

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    Phenolic ply is the bees knees but expensive. There were some offcuts for sale on ebay the other day
     
  6. I use secondhand kitchen worktop.
     
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  7. Dee J Member

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    Shuttering ply from a builders merchant. Strong and reasonably water resistant (lasts many years outside in-treated).
     
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  8. Onoff Member

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    We know this as Buffalo board at work.
     
  9. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    Helicopter? :dontknow: :D
     
  10. CompoSimmonite Member

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    I use the (green) water resistant chipboard floor boarding
     
  11. 123hotchef Member

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    I use whatever I have left over from projects for my shelves but my mdf ones have sagged ply or chip board gets my vote or osb
     
  12. Robotstar5

    Robotstar5 Casanunda Staff Member

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    I've found chipboard sags/breaks up if used in outbuildings, garages etc. decent thickness plywood for me.
     
  13. Phil_D Member

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  14. Osb3 is better than shuttering ply, which will delaminate.
     
  15. CornishPete Member

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    ive used plywood pallets in the past from ebay. You can get one that's about 4' square for £2.50ish.
     
  16. gaz1 Member

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    ive used osb within a cool garage as better than using chipboard on other shelves used thick mdf instead but they aint touching the damp walls
     
  17. rcx132

    rcx132 Philip

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    Would full grain wood be affordable? That would last way longer. My brother used old pallet slats.
     
  18. Rocketman Member

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    Decent plywood is actually more durable than most wood. Many pallets use pretty poor wood too.
     
  19. zzr1200

    zzr1200 Working at 650 ft on open steel work

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    Extra secret storage a place to hide things from SWMBO.....:scared:
     
  20. Onoff Member

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    +1 if used "as is". I glued and screwed the tile battens on for rigidity and as someone else said used the V grade moisture resistant chipboard. Honestly its been sound.
     
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