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Garage apartment flooding in left front corner

So we made our garage into an apartment for our grandson and his girlfriend. In the front left corner it’s flooding. We pull the floor up twice dried it out quickly my husband then dug a trench or ...
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Using ceramic fiber insulation as alternative to type-x drywall on garage ceiling

I'm currently renovating my garage, which has a bonus room above. I've removed the existing type-x drywall on the garage ceiling to install some Rockwool sound / fire insulation in between the truss ...
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Garage door keeps moving forever

The problem is with motorized garage door Promatic 4 by Hörmann. The door kept occasionally opening on its own, and was disconnected while the house owners were out of town. After their return, the ...
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Converting from extension to torsion springs & installing jackshaft opener

As part of my garage to workshop transformation I would like to convert garage door from extension to torsion springs and I would like to install a jackshaft opener. I have a standard 9'x7' door, and ...
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Can I put a 2x10 ceiling joist Douglas Fir#1 at 21-6 span at 24 on center?

In my garage I have a span of 21 feet and 6 inches with 2x8 rafters. Can I put a 2x10 ceiling joists on 24OC for an ADU? They will be sitting in the top plate of the walls. I am in California, and ...
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How to address crumbling garage floor?

I bought this house about a year ago and noticed these boards on the garage floor covering an area where the concrete is crumbled, it's in the corner of the garage. Based on the condition of the ...
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A tree has lifted a corner of my garage and about 1/6th of it is just floating. What are my options to stabilize this area?

I've noticed water leaking in the corner of my garage for a while and was planning on building a drain alongside it to pull the water away from it. There is also a tree that has lifted the surrounding ...
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Route return air duct through attic or pantry

I’m looking to get feedback about my options to remediate uneven heating/cooling and poor airflow for two of our bedrooms. Any help or ideas are much appreciated. I'll do my best to provide as much ...
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Is a 1/2" deep pan junction box mounted to OSB for garage light bulk (lamp) socket up to code?

I have a house with an attached garage. On the garage wall that faces the interior of my home is a porcelain light socket with a light bulb screwed in that is switched on and off by a switch mounted ...
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How to properly insulate detached wood garage? [closed]

I have a wooden detached two car garage that I would like to insulate to eventually convert into a work out space. Currently the walls appear to only be wood siding that has a few gaps in between. ...
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Garage wall removal [closed]

Detached 25' x 25' garage with a wall running down the middle of it. I would like to remove the wall to make better use of the space, but I'm unsure if the roof will collapse if I do so. Can it be ...
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Garage fiberglass ceiling is wet

After living approximately 1 year in my new home, this October I started to insulate my garage by putting fiber glass - with the intention of putting drywall after. Couple of weeks ago I have noticed ...
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Install 100 amp sub panel

Going from outside box to 100 amp square d box. someone said put a double 60 in main box, use 6/3 wire to sub panel. I need to know how wiring looks in square d box. Building codes not issue. can add ...
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How to reconnect power to the back storage unit?

I have a back storage unit that has to be reconnected. There are only three wires coming from the main building. One wire has three white stripes on it, and the other two are solid black. How do I ...
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3 way light switches with gfci

I am wiring my detached garage lights, I want to make the connections at the ceiling with plugin outlets to plug lights into. I am installing 3 way switches. If I install a dead front gfci (or gfci ...
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How do I use a T-handle for a garage door without a key?

Disclaimer: I am renting a house with 4 other people. There is no key for the garage door. The T-handle is usually aligned vertically. I unlock the garage by simply turning the handle counter-...
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How do I prevent water intrusion through the side of my garage door?

Water is making its way past my garage door. I thought about the brush sweeps but how do they fare with keeping water out? The door is a corrugated rolling garage door. In central Texas we have the ...
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Wall Shelves mounted on wood in garage

I want to take the ugly standing shelves in my garage to place wall shelves up and give me floor space back and make the garage look nicer. The previous owner put a lot of screws in the that wall, ...
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Garage door won’t open unless I hold button down [closed]

If I hook 2 wires together that go to the sensors can I bypass the sensors?
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What can hold more weight, a wall stud or a ceiling joist? [closed]

I'm planning on building some custom wood-framed storage near the ceiling of my garage. The things you can buy online seem to always be ceiling mounted (Example: This product) However, I also found a ...
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How to repair and prevent garage external shielding damage

We recently moved and I’m looking to insulate our garage. I noticed that a corner next to the garage door seems to have water/moisture damage but I’m not 100% sure. It seems that the those 3 spots are ...
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Will attaching to ceiling joists with lag screws weaken trusses?

I have a 12ft high ceiling in my garage. My garage measures 13’ wide x 21-1/2’ long. The ceiling is finished w/ drywall but has no insulation or a room above it. The joists appear to be 2x4s (I can’...
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Transition from wood to concrete floor in middle of room

I'm converting my attached garage to a living space. The floor is graded and so will need to be raised. The deeper portion can be raised via building a wood subfloor, but the portion that's shallow ...
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Insulation in attic above garage

I live in south Alabama very hot and humid and mild winters with very few really cold days. I am looking at adding insulation above my garage to add a/c and was wondering if I need to have a vapor ...
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How should I solve/approach the cracks in my garage's cinderblock walls?

I just bought a property with a detached garage and it looks to have cracks in the walls. It has no drainage on the roof, which is probably causing settling issues. I plan to add gutters to the garage,...
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Large gap between garage door and floor - seal into slot?

There's a large-ish gap between the bottom of our garage door and the concrete floor where rodents are getting in. Since the gap is larger than standard seals, an exterminator mentioned a product he ...
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How to handle expansion joints in garage floor during conversion

I'm converting my attached garage to a living space. The floor is graded and so will need to be raised (likely via putting an osb subfloor on top of it). Current garage slab has contraction joints cut ...
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Circuit issues in garage [duplicate]

I have a freezer in my garage and we purchased a new fridge for our garage. Everything was fine for a week but suddenly the fridge gfci outlet shuts off and turns off the power to the whole garage! ...
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How can I find the end of a dead wire that is not attached to a switch?

I have a shop light in a garage but I can’t find a switch for it. Leads me to believe it’s a dead wire not connected to anything. I need to find the other end. I just don’t know where the shop light ...
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Is it okay to use 2x4 R-13 insulation for garage rafters?

I'm working on insulating my bare bones garage in Southern California so the climate is mild. Just trying to not have R-0. I insulated the walls with R-13 and planned on insulating the ceiling as well....
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Would rebar be necessary for ~3-4in of concrete used to raise a graded garage floor to existing slab height?

I'm going to be remodeling my attached garage into a living space. The garage is graded from 0in to ~4.5in below the homes slab foundation height and so that will need to be leveled to meet the ...
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What are these horizontal boards screwed to my garage wall studs?

I've decided to do insulation in my garage and am confused by these random seeming 2x4s that are screwed to one wall. Any structural reason they are just in that spot? Two car garage, and on the wall ...
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Build up garage step

The door from my garage into the house is located towards the back where there’s a 3” step up and into the house. Door is perpendicular to the step, but the door is 36” wide, and the step is only 20” ...
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Does an electric heater lose efficiency if the elements are rusty/corroded?

I have a pole barn with an electric garage heater to keep it above freezing (I have it set to 40° F and the barn is insulated). Recently I had a major water leak (it didn't freeze, a connector was bad)...
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How to smooth and seal the raw garage stairs?

I have a couple of raw wood garage steps. How can I smooth and seal them, because some of the wood at the edges is splintering, and the rings are rough as well. The wood stairs themselves are ...
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Craftsman 139.55918 garage door opener won’t close

The door sensors each have a green light that is on. They do not change state if an object is placed between them. I get a code from the opener. 1 up and 4 down on the indicator arrows. This code ...
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How to insert a permanent cable into a receptacle to add a second receptacle?

I'd like to set up a new receptacle 12 ft away from an existing (120V/60Hz/15A) receptacle in a garage. There are two options. The connection will go either behind or in front of the existing drywall. ...
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How do I supply power to a detached garage

I added a detached garage and all the breaker spaces in my main panel are taken. How should do I go about connecting it? Can it be connected to the two lugs that are in the actual meter box at the ...
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Improving water stained unpainted garage drywall

New home owner, my garage has a basic drywall finish - ie nominally sanded joints. There are also water stains all over the dry wall - I'm going to guess they washed their cars inside the garage with ...
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Can I insulate my brick garage walls with 2x4 furring strips?

I have a garage that is attached to my house on one side (side shown in the picture). I want to frame and insulate the walls, but I want lose as little space as possible (since the garage isn't very ...
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How can I reattach a trim board to my garage door frame?

I have a trim board detached from the garage external. It is just decorative. Can you suggest to me: how to attach it back to its place what products I have to purchase (I am in Italy if it helps) ...
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What's the easiest way to circulate air in the attic of my garage?

I have an unfinished attached ~20'x20' two car garage and I would like to finish it so I can use 1 bay as a wood shop year-round. I live in Missoula, MT and really just want to keep it above ~40F in ...
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How to encapsulate mastic adhesive and seal concrete garage floor

Part of my garage floor has what I believe to be asbestos vinyl tiles. My plan is to take appropriate precautions and get the tiles up. Then leave the mastic adhesive underneath, since it also ...
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Why no neutral wire on Double-Pole Single Outlet?

I am doing some basic wiring in my garage. Basically extending a 220V circuit plug to another part of the garage. When I opened up the box to look inside, I noticed something unfamiliar to me. There ...
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Question the structure weight capacity

previous owner built an attic above the garage w/ a ladder plus shelves on all walls. heaviest items in attic is a container (L24xW16xH12) <20lbs. side wall is holding drums evenly dispersed. ...
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Cabling electric cable (AWG 8) through roof of garage; NEC code?

I'm going to run shrouded 8/3 (240V) from the main box on the house through the air to the garage in order to feed an EVOCHARGE 32A EVSE. Ideally I will come through the roof (flat-roof garage) at a ...
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How to make garage door easy to manually lift for 5 year old

During a remodel project, our city has determined that our garage is "occupiable space". Disregarding the fact that its where we park our car and have two gas appliances. Because of this ...
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Updating detached garage electrical

Looking to update the electrical setup currently in my detached garage - read through many posts on here of similar projects, but nothing with exactly the same specs. Hoping to find some right answers ...
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Proper way to install workshop 'wall' in single skin brick garage

I am looking to fit some basic tool hanging and workshop space to my single skin, brick, detached garage. My first thought was to screw hooks directly into the roof truss to hang garden tools on and ...
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Why would a smart switch not turn on if seemingly wired correctly?

We have floodlights that I would like to put on a timer using a Geeni Tap smart switch. I killed the power, uninstalled the old switch. Gang box has 2 black wires, a white wire, and a bare copper wire....
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