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Do fluorescent fixtures rated for “Through Wiring” exist?

I'd like to span a lighting circuit and an appliance circuit across a steel I-beam in a low ceiling garage using a fluorescent fixture: Lighting + Appliance Circuit ------\ I /-------- Appliance ...
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How do I keep water from getting under the garage door?

Our garage door, pictured below, is right on a sidewalk that slopes downward slightly as it moves past the garage. The result is that one side of the garage door is 4 inches below grade while the ...
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Vinyl garage floor coating

I was passing by a home, and noted that the garage flooring had a shiny vinyl coating, looking as if it were waterproof. Does anyone know of this product used? And how long it lasts.
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What materials and spacing should I use for ceiling joists/strapping in this conversion?

I have an old two bay garage that's 28'x50', that I would like to convert into a home. One thing I'm trying to figure out is how to do the ceiling. The ceiling is held up by metal joists approximately ...
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Cardboard case storage

I have a large attic storage space above my garage. Is there a fire hazard in storing cardboard boxes above a garage (unconditioned attic) in south Texas heat?
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Carbon Monoxide in garage

I arrived home today from running some errands to find that the carbon monoxide alarm in my garage was going off. The display was reading 55 ppm CO (which I gather is a non-lethal but nevertheless ...
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Garage Door stops and returns to original position

Lately my garage door has been stopping when it gets about 2ft from the closed position and then returns to the original position. Nothing is blocking the sensors and the tracks don't seem to have ...
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How can I fix a garage door motor that runs but doesn't move the chain?

I have a Craftsman 1/2 HP garage door opener. It's always been a little finicky, but tonight it stopped working. In the middle of going up as tonight, the door halted, leaving a gap between the door ...
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PVC conduit crossing a wire run

I have a garage which was wired up by an electrician to be my workshop. There are several runs of electrical cable (including one 60A, 220V circuit) running along the ceiling of the garage. They are ...
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How do I frame a room in my garage? [closed]

I intend to build a 15x9 room with 8' ceiling on one side of my garage to be used as a music/recording studio. I live in Phoenix, AZ area. I believe I can save money if I do all the framing and ...
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Can I build a wooden floor over an occasionally moist garage slab with a drain?

I would like to install a subfloor in my garage and turn it into an office. The floor is slanted all towards the middle where there is a drain. There has never been any water (that I've seen in the ...
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How does one upgrade garage electrical from an In-House main?

tl;dr Want to know the easiest way to upgrade electrical in garage from 15A to 20A. Actual Post Garage is on a 15 amp circuit, doesn't work out too well for a 15A air compressor. The main is in ...
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How do I wire an old furnace motor so I can use it as a garage exhaust fan?

Since last I posted, I moved WAY south (lil warm down here) and the house I moved into was a foreclosure so a few things needed done, namely the AC and furnace. When the guy did the job he said he ...
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Unable to close Garage door with remote

I’ve made a video of the issue. I have a craftsman garage door mechanism and can open the garage door with the remote but unable to close my garage door via the remote. I can do both the tasks via the ...
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Is 12 by 20 feet garage big enough for today's cars?

My house that I am moving in was built in 1950s. It has garage which 12 by 20 feet but I measure the length and the exact measurements are 11.4 inches (internal width) and 20.4 inches (internal length)...
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Need help designing a circuit layout and wiring diagram for a garage

I'm renovating the electric in my detached garage. The previous owner ran 12/2 direct burial and it shorted. So I put a 20 amp breaker in, dug up the direct burial, ran 1 inch pvc at 18 inch depth, ...
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Network Garage Door opener/ how does the switch work

I'm trying to connect a relay/switch to a Garage door(Lift Master). I know that there are two wires to trigger the garage door. I'm not sure how it works exactly. I'm trying to control the garage ...
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Installing a floor for storage above detached garage?

We have a gabled-roof single-story detached garage with horizontal 2x4 beams spaced four feet apart and a 20' span. There are two vertical 2x4 beams connecting the two horizontal center beams to the ...
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Are stainless steel garage cabinets suitable for unheated garage?

I am considering adding stainless steel garage cabinets to my garage such as this one. As you know they are not cheap. My concern is my garage is not heated and it gets wicket cold in north east (...
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Chamberlain Internet Gateway connected to MyQ Garage Opener, but doesn't appear in app

My Liftmaster Garage Door Motor has the MyQ logo on it. I wanted to control it from my iPhone and found that I needed to buy a Chamberlain or Liftmaster Internet Gateway to do that. I bought the ...
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Can I add receptacles on the same circuit as the garage door opener in my garage?

I am wanting to add two new outlets on a unfinished wall in my garage. This wall currently has no outlets at all and is a exterior facing wall. I was wondering if i can tie into the outlet in the ...
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Schwitz (Pad)in garage for garagedoor opener works but Flitters .Remote does not work

The Spring on my Lift master 1/2 was broken replaced Both springs .only one sensor found so installed new Sensor's garage door woks fin wen I push hard weirered pad inside garage .Garage door stops ...
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Need advice on air compressor for home use

I'm in the market for a cheap air compressor. I need it for the occasional spray painting of furniture, inflating and switching of tires. I've been looking at this air compressor: The specs of the ...
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Reprogramming Garage Door Remote

I've been using a Beninca TWV remote (Shown below) to open my home garage door for the last 3/4 years without any problems, until this morning when the remote stopped working. To be clear I replaced ...
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What can I do about a room over the garage with temperature problems?

I'm learning many things about our new home. This winter I learned that a room directly above a garage stays much colder than the rest of the house (up to 10+ degrees colder in our case). What options ...
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How can I open my garage door from the outside with a dead opener?

This morning I found myself locked out of my garage. My interior wall opener isn't working and neither is the remote. The light on the interior pad is out, suggesting a loss of power. Unfortunately, ...
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Garage Door safety sensor

Two questions: 1) Are garage door safety sensors required or just highly recommended? 2) I currently do not have them, and think that I want to add them. In my previous house my kids kept smacking ...
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Garage door won't close

My garage door has randomly decided to not close. The door will close a few inches to a few feet before reversing. It may take 2 attempts of 10 until it will fully close. I have checked: Sensors are ...
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Fixing Incorrect Concrete Application

I have a 400 Square Foot garage that has a lot of gouges in the concrete floor. I purchased some primer and Concrete Leveler in order to fix the gouges. I made a mistake and accidently mixed 4 times ...
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How should I go about fire proofing my garage?

I am working on an old house that has a garage that needs some updating. The shared wall with the garage has the old house siding (when presumably there was no attached garage). There is a partial ...
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How close to the roof can I drywall in my garage?

I'd like to drywall the entire garage ceiling and I have a tall peak in the roof near the back where the garage roof meets the house roof. I'd love to keep the high ceiling, make some high shelves or ...
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How do I seal the cracks between my asphalt driveway and my garage concrete slab?

I am not sure if this is an aesthetic problem or not. I suspect that if I do not fix the damage properly the water will continue to infiltrate the cracks and it will create larger problems in the ...
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Code for elevating water heater in garages?

A gas/propane water heater in a garage is elevated. This is to ensure the open flame (at the bottom) is above a certain height (?) to avoid any combustible fuels in the garage from igniting. This all ...
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Which way should the water separator be fitted to an air compressor?

I bought a water separation filter for my new compressor. The water separator didn't come with any good documentation. Here's what came in the pack: A diagram on the packaging: The device: The ...
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Can you put a small breaker panel after a 30 amp breaker from main panel in the house?

Looking to run lights in my garage. If I put a 30 amp breaker in my main panel on a 10 wire to a small breaker panel in my garage, can I put 2-4 15 amp breakers out there for the lights? Likewise, ...
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Water leak below the foundation and into the garage

I have water puddle that has been appearing just below the foundation threshold from my laundry room in to garage floor just below the entry door. There is an 9" step up into the house (the ...
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building garage what is proper way to frame an 8 ft garage door

concrete base is 6" high and is 8 Ft wide. I am in the process of framing a 16 ft X 18 ft garage
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How do I stop my garage door from opening on its own?

My garage door has opened twice in the last 2 weeks during the night. Is someone driving by and opening it "accidentally"? How do I keep this from happening?
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How can I shade my garage door opener keypad?

My genie garage door opener keypad bakes in the afternoon sun, fades, blisters and delaminates. Any visually acceptable ideas on a fix? Genie does not offer a weather or sunshield for the KEP-1 ...
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What can I do about my new driveway that is higher than the garage floor?

I recently had a new asphalt driveway installed. Due to the slope of the driveway they stopped about 2 1/2 feet from garage. This has created a problem with the end of driveway being 5 1/2 inches ...
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How should I hang racks from the garage ceiling with trusses?

During installation of the 4' x 8' SafeRacks, I discovered that the ceiling joists in my garage are 2x4 trusses, instead of solid joists. Unfortunately, the product comes with 3" lag bolts, and after ...
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What could be eating or removing the insulation in my garage door?

We have noticed that there are piles of the tiny particles of the insulation from one of our garage doors on each side of our door. At first we swept it up and didn't think anything of it. The next ...
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Replacing garage door lock barrel

Since I moved into my house, I've not had the key for my garage, so I'm looking into how I can get a new one. I've found what I think I need to replace on eBay, but there are a lot of variations on ...
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Adding a service door

I want to put a service door in my detached garage. What is the proper distance from the front (where big garage doors are) corner of the garage? Also, I would like a recommendation on which way ...
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I'd like to build my own garage Olympic lifting platform, but can it support a car?

I have a converted carport to garage, with an unfinished but smooth concrete surface. I'm slowly building up my home gym, and I'm interested in options as far as flooring goes. I'd like to build a ...
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Do I need to insulate exposed foundation in my garage?

I have a 2 story split-foyer ranch. The bedrooms upstairs are above the garage and noticeably colder than the rest of the house (I live in Connecticut so winters get pretty cold). There's no climate ...
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Where can I find or make a remote wireless light switch?

I have a light switch in my garage that controls lights in front of my home. The switch is located in a corner of the garage where a large shelf has been stored. It is very difficult to the switch. I'...
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Can I move the main electrical panel to the unattached garage?

My main electrical service runs overhead from a pole behind my unattached garage, to the back of the house. There is also an underground conduit from the house to the garage supplying a sub panel ...
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Stanley garage opener will not work with opener

my stanley garage door opener will not open with either remote. the wall opener works fine. I have reset it and it still will not work.
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Troubleshooting a garage door/opener that “catches” and re-opens when wet

My garage door and opener work reasonably well most of the time -- hot weather or cold. Sometimes when it rains, though, the door "catches" a little bit, at about 2 feet from the ground, and it is ...