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How can I insulate my garage door?

Over the past year I've been converting our integrated garage so that it's a usage space. I've painted the walls, got lighting, power and water connected (To allow for a washing machine to be ...
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How do I compensate for the sun confusing my garage door opener's sensors?

Only during summer and only when the sun is close to the horizon the light from the sun confuses my garage door opener and in order to close the door I have to hold down the wired button which is a ...
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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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Garage door opener installation - hardwired vs. outlet power?

I'm installing an opener for my garage door, and need to run some new wiring in order to get power to the unit. The unit can be hardwired or plugged into an outlet. I'm leaning toward the outlet ...
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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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What type of space heater is best for an uninsulated garage?

I'm planning on applying stain and polyurethane to some furniture I recently built. I've been thinking about getting a space heater for my uninsulated garage, both to help the poly cure, and for my ...
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What's the best strategy to reduce moisture in this garage?

First of all, I know this garage will never be dry. It's a standalone, one car garage built into the side of the hill that my house sits on. It abuts the neighbor's yard, and they have landscaping and ...
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What's the best way to keep my garage from freezing?

I live in Colorado. My 1950s house has a one-car attached garage that was built in the 2000s. The walls that are not shared with the house are not insulated: the studs and sheathing are visible from ...
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How to properly insulate a garage?

I'm considering insulating (and drywalling) my garage, which already has insulated garage doors. My main goal is to keep it from getting much below freezing during the winter. This garage is located ...
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What wire and conduit is required for an attached-garage subpanel?

To make my garage more usable as a workshop, I'm planning to add a subpanel which can feed a number of additional outlets. 60 amps would be plenty for my current needs, but I'd like to go with 100 so ...
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How do I dispose of gasoline?

We've inherited a house with several gas (petrol) containers in the garage. I haven't tried using them because I don't know how old they are. I don't know what oil/gas mixture they have. They've ...
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Which way should a door between the garage and basement swing?

Looked everywhere for proper answer. We have a 2 car garage attached to the basement. This house is old, built in 1968, we purchased this 2 years ago and were renovating here/there. We just ...
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Can I replace / recreate a tri-fold garage door with three fiberglass flush doors?

My garage has three wooden doors that cover the opening. The middle one's hinges are attached to the right door. The left and the right doors' hinges are attached to the walls. This way you could ...
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What should I consider when selecting an air compressor for the garage?

I was thinking to buy an air compressor and place it in my garage. I hate to look for change when i am at the gas station and i usually end up spending more than usual as some idiot has parked his car ...
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Do narrow utility sinks exist?

I am in need of a really narrow utility sink for my garage. It can not be any wider than twelve inches. Would prefer not to get a wall-mount, but can probably install that, if necessary. Do they make ...
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How do I open my garage door without a remote from outside?

1993 Craftsman garage door opener; my wife must have put something up against the garage door keypad and inadvertently triggered the vacation mode button - now we're locked out. The remote control is ...
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What are the consequences of allowing paint to freeze?

Insulating and heating my garage sounds like a pain. What are the consequences of simply allowing water-based latex paint to freeze in the winter? Is it ruined forever or does it just need tons of ...
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How should I attach the cable of a cable-supported shelf?

I'm planning to build a shelf in the garage, 22" deep and about 16' long. The back edge and one side will be supported by wall cleats, with 2x3s under the other edges. I'd like to support the front ...
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Does it do any good to use fiberglass insulation if you're not going to drywall?

My attached garage is not insulated. When I look up, I see the roof sheathing. I was thinking of adding insulation to the garage. The problem is there is no attic space, so I shouldn't drywall it ...
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Is there a required ceiling height for a garage door opener?

I recently bought a bank-owned house. They converted the garage into a living space and I would like to take it back to being a garage. I was hoping to install a garage door opener for the new door, ...
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What is the best plastic to make a see through 'whiteboard' with?

Over the past few months I've slowly been converting my garage into a DIY/project/man zone by adding lighting, work benches, storage and tools. Next I'd like to mount a piece of transparent plastic ...
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How can I replace a light fixture?

I need someone to sort out this wiring question for me. I'm trying to hang a flourenscent light in the garage, however, when I took the old garage light out (one of those round, single light ...
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Environmental protection for computer equipment in unheated garage

I live in Minnesota, and I have an unheated, detached garage. I would like to place an "offsite" data backup device (possibly a NAS) in the garage, which I should be easily able to connect to the ...
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How do I secure a canvas garage?

I picked up one of those cheap canvas garages from Costco, to keep a few things out of the weather. It's 10' wide, 20' long, and maybe 11' high at the peak. Our area is a bit prone to windstorms. I'm ...
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How to make lights turn on one at a time?

So we've all seen this scene dozens of times in movies: a character flips a switch and lights turn on, one at time, down a long tunnel, or throughout a giant garage, or something like that. I'd like ...
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What is the best tool/method for vine removal?

i recently bought a 108 year old house with an ancient garage that has vines growing up the back of the entire structure. the vines have started getting into the gutters and even inside the garage. ...
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Water coming in through the walls of an old concrete garage

I recent bought a house with a detached garage, made of old concrete (high aggregate content) reinforced with steel rods and set into a hill. Built in 1938 or so; no waterproofing. Now that Boston ...
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Fire Extinguisher In Unheated Garage & Shed

We are talking about getting fire extinguishers for the various areas of our house. One place where it seems a fire extinguisher would be a good idea is the garage. I also plan on adding a shed to ...
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How to cover gap below garage back door

I have a 3/4" gap between my garage back door (see image. blueish color is outside evening light). Looking for a good way to cover this gap with two goals in mind: Stop rodents from coming in Help ...
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Is the open grate in the ceiling between my garage and attic necessary?

I have a plastic grate in the ceiling of my garage that simply provides airflow between the garage and the attic. Due to the layout of my garage, my workbench is almost directly beneath this grate. ...
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How do I rust proof a garage door track?

I have a couple of questions about how to do this: Is it safe to cut the bottom 1-1.5 inches off the track so that it's not in direct contact with the concrete of the garage? I often get standing ...
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What is the best way to light a Lexan (Polycarbonate) sheet?

I've recently installed a Lexan 'whiteboard' in my garage which works as well as I'd hoped. I now want to use some type of lighting to light up the board in a useful/visual appealing way. Shown ...
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What do I have to do to prepare my garage floor for paint?

I'd like to paint my garage floor, possibly with textured paint. What do I have to do in order to get my garage floor, which is currently dirty and somewhat oily, ready for something like an ...
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How do I mitigate moisture problems when putting up drywall over stucco with torn tar paper?

I'd like to finish my 56-year old garage with drywall but I have concerns about moisture. The wall construction looks like stucco over tar paper with metal wire support, then the frame. My main ...
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Can I convert ceiling mounted octagon box to electrical receptacle?

I've installed a number of strip lights in my garage to replace the single incandescent fixture on the ceiling. They all use a 3-prong plug, not hardwired. I want to replace the incandescent fixture ...
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Can I build a garbage chute that connects the garage for residential use?

My current home has the kitchen adjoining to the garage. Most of the really smelly garbage is generated in the kitchen. The big garbage can and recycling bins live in the garage. Is there an ...
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How can I stop mice from chewing garage door bottom weather strip?

I noticed that there was a 1" gap between the edge of either side of the bottom rubber weather strip on the garage door and the door frame. Now I see that it is 3-4", and likely being chewed by ...
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How can I air-condition a garage without modifying it?

So my apartment has an attached garage and I love having it, but I also live in Las Vegas where, today, it was over 100F outside. I have been considering air conditioning the garage, or even just a ...
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What voltage/amperage garage circuits should I install for welding tools and an air compressor?

As a part of renovating my garage this fall, much of the wiring is being re-done. Since doing the work before putting up walls will be much easier now than adding circuits in the future, I'd like to ...
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What thickness drywall do I need for 24" OC wall studs in a detached garage?

I am currently finishing an older 3-car detached garage. Both the wall studs and the ceiling trusses have 24" OC spacing. I know that for the ceiling, I'll need to use 5/8" thick drywall, due to the ...
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How can I build garage shelving out of 2x6s, 4x4s and 1/2" OSB?

building garage shelving, already ordered lumber: 4x4 8' post 2x6 10' horizontals 1/2 OSB ply, ripped to 2'x8' lengths Should i notch the 4x4 vertical posts, then fit the 2x6's in the notches? ...
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What are the requirements for wiring an unfinished garage with lights and outlets?

I found this DIY article online which suggests that running Romex along the center faces of studs and rafters was code compliant for unfinished garages. How to Wire a Garage The article is dated ...
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Extending the “feet” of wire shelves for uneven surfaces

I'm installing a number of wire shelves in a garage, but the feet don't adjust far enough to compensate for the slope. Aside from bricks or other shims, what are my options for leveling these ...
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How do I frame a room inside a garage so that the room's ceiling will not touch the garage ceiling?

I am considering building a small 6 x 9 room inside my garage to use as an office. However, I do not want to remove the garage door opener unit nor the tracks the door slides on because we will want ...
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Is it safe to drill into the metal spacer between drywall and joist?

I am trying to install a bike hoist in the ceiling of my garage. I found the ceiling joist using the stud finder and when I tried making a pilot hole, I noticed that I am hitting metal. I don't have ...
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Should I be concerned with the accumulation of road cinder in my garage?

Albuquerque, like many municipalities during snow storms has its roadways scraped and covered in a sand cinder mixture. This winter has gotten off to an early start and the road crews have been out in ...
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What are some inexpensive options for replacing a single-stall garage door?

The house we recently purchased has a detached 3 1/2 car garage that has seen better days. The entrances to the garage door consist of a 2-stall garage door, and a 1-stall garage door. Luckily, the ...
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Where can I find garage building plans?

If I wanted to build a detached garage/workshop, where can I find complete, detailed plans? I'd like to be able to estimate building cost from a materials list. I'm not certain what style I'd want, ...
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What size wire should I use to feed a subpanel in my garage?

My main panel has been upgraded to 100 amps. I would like to add a subpanel in the garage which would supply: 20 amp Mig welder running on 120 volts, but later upgrade to a larger Mig welder as i ...
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How can I insulate a stud bay containing a subpanel?

I'm putting a subpanel in the outside wall of my attached garage, which I'm also insulating so I can work out there in the winter. I'm wondering what steps are worthwhile to air seal and insulate ...