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Questions tagged [garage]

For questions generally relating to the area of the home in which cars and other motor vehicles are kept.

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Is Drywall needed on exterior wall of garage on concrete block, 2-story house in Florida

We have a home inspector (selling house) stating they want us to put up drywall on an exterior wall in the garage. I know it's code for ceilings and the abutting walls to the interior, but do exterior ...
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Water coming through detached garage concrete floor

We have a detached 1954 garage on a concrete slab. The slab is cracked in many places and we get water in it during a heavy rain. Or, during this rainy spring, there's almost always water in it. As it ...
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Temporarily moving 2 walls off of a slab

The very quick backstory is that in order to remain grandfathered to retain my current setbacks (i.e., too close to property line and alley), I must retain those 2 original walls of my garage. I ...
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Garage roller shutter door opening by itself

It has a remote control switch and brand is Centurion Australia. I closed but it opens by itself after few hours. I recently tried to add a duplicate remote key but that was incompatible and so the ...
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What is this thing's purpose?

So for part 3 in the continuing saga of weird stuff in my house, the garage. In particular, this odd looking thing attached to the wall: I thought it might be a shelf, but all of the supports are on ...
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60amp panel install in an attached garage, do I have my ducks in a row?

I have been considering putting a sub-panel out in my attached garage, wanted to know if I have all my ducks in a row before starting the process and pulling a permit. Items to be powered - Table ...
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2 Layers of 5/8" Drywall in Garage Side

DO I need to provide 2 layers of 5/8" type x gyp board on garage side? Plan checker is telling me I need to specify 2 layers.
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Adding a switch and receptacle

I have a pull chain light in my shed. Power comes in to the light. I want to add a switch to the light so I don't have to use the pull chain. Is it possible to run electricity down to a 2 gang box and ...
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Plumbing water line and drain schedule

I want to build a detached garage. I submitted plans to the city for a permit and they came back telling me they need to see the "plumbing water line and drain schedule" because I would like to have a ...
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Height of garage with planning or without planning

Currently replacing a garage and seeking clarification on the maximum eaves height of 2.5m without planning. As it stand my eaves will be 2.65m at front elevation (rear is higher as the land slopes ...
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Replacing Door Sweep in Track from House to Garage?

There is an anomalous door sweep/pad (I'm not really sure what it is honestly) in the door track leading from our house to the garage. (I would call it the garage door, but this might lead to ...
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Concrete sinking in front corners of attached garages

I was looking at buying a house and the concrete in the garage sunk about 2" on each front corner, leaving gaps under the garage door. I then realized that at least 5 houses on the same street had ...
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Attaching gymastic rings / pull-up bar to the ceiling

I am moving into a house, and planning to install some gym equipment in a garage. In particular, I want to add a pull up bar, made out of galvanized steel 1" pipes, and hang the gymnastic rings. The ...
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Attached garage wall with house - cabinets to the interior?

We have an attached garage. The entrance to the garage is in an interior hallway. I'd like to break the wall a bit & install interior upper cabinets and countertops on the inside of the hallway. ...
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GFCI outlet consistently trips in garage

Half of my garage does not work due to the GFCI constantly tripping. Could this be due to cement moving due to freezing weather? The cold weather has moved the ground about 2 inches and I believe the ...
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How to install a safety barrier-post in garage, between house and vehicle

On the other side of the wall, in front of where my vehicle is parked, is my bedroom. Would like to install something similar to what you would see at store fronts that have parking spaces near the ...
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How do I frame walls on an uneven concrete slab?

I'd like to convert (and finish) the back section of my 2-car tandem garage into a separate utility room. This would involve 4 walls and a floor. 2 of the walls would be attached to concrete walls, ...
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Lag bolts vs wood screws for reinforcing garage door header

I am about to install the garage door header bracket and I have almost everything figured out. There is a ~1 inch gap between the ceiling and joist I'm screwing into but I need every millimeter I can ...
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How to level this area of my garage?

I have an area of my garage that is lower and sloping towards the house. When the car is wet or covered in snow, it melts and runs down into this area in front of the stairs and makes a mess. Ripping ...
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Room above garage smells

I live in Ottawa in 15 year old house. The room above garage smells like wet wool or rubber. I removed the carpet and a foam padding to examine. The padding and plywood smell as described above (...
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Are you supposed to put a vapor barrier on both sides of the common garage wall (wall between garage and house)?

In my garage, the wall between the house and the garage has visible studs and insulation in it. This insulation is 50+ years old and I am going to tear it out and put in new insulation. My question ...
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What is this thing for?

I've been shopping for houses and found this gadget in the garage. It's up near the ceiling and I don't know what it is for. There's nothing nearby that would give any hints. My image is ...
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How close can garage overhead storage be to fire sprinklers?

I've recently been looking at getting overhead storage racks for my garage which has several standard pendant sprinklers. The racks I am looking at are 4' x 8' and have rigid brackets, vertical posts,...
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How can I support a room expansion that will extend above a garage slab? [closed]

I have a mud room that I'd like to make larger. By doing so I have to extend the floor out into the garage. Currently, there is a landing in the garage that is about 3 feet off the ground leading into ...
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Can I program a garage key without rendering other programmed keys useless?

At my previous residence, I used to press a program/reset button on the garage motor to program a new remote. But that used to also make any other remotes paired to it useless as those remotes would ...
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Is a 60 amp breaker adequate for a 220v sub-panel to my garage?

150 panel in house. I want to run a 220 (sub-panel) feed to garage 25 feet away for 10,000 watt electric heater. There's room in the 150 panel. Would 60 amp breaker in the garage meet the 1.25 safety ...
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Top center of garage door bumping opener rail as it closes. Does anyone know the fix for this?

After 10 years of normal operation, my garage door started bumping the center opener rail just as the last edge of the door passes the very front the rail before it closes. This causes it to pop back ...
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New garage door trips breaker

We have a 3 car garage. We had 3 new garage openers installed. Genie Machforce. They are on their own 20 amp breaker. They periodically keep tripping breaker usually when you double hit the button or ...
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GFCI Protection for Garage Lights?

I know all receptacles in a garage require GFCI protection. But what about garage lights? I plan to hard-wire some new wiring to new garage lights and I'm wondering if this circuit needs to be on a ...
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Main Breaker Panel or Main Lug Panel for Sub-panel in Attached-Detached Garage

I am installing a ~100-amp sub-panel in my "attached-detached" garage (an "attached-detached" garage is a detached garage that shares a continuous roof with the home). The sub-panel will be fed by my ...
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How can I use a 15A momentary switch (switches) to replace my multi-button wall-mount garage door opener?

My wall-mount garage door opener was pretty beat up when I moved in and has only gotten worse to the point the open/close button is cracked and is difficult to operate for my kids. I would like to ...
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Garage floor damp

Been reading on line for several hours now. I have dampness on my garage floor, note: it's about 8yrs old. If I put a box any where on the garage floor for several hours, there will be a damp foot ...
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Garage Door Won't Close, Reverts near bottom, Why?

Background: Our doors are made out of wood. They are extremely heavy and around 30+ years old. Recently we notice our 3rd garage door stopping near the bottom of the track when closing and ...
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fix broken water pipe in garage (burst in winter)

Last winter, the water pipe in my garage was apparently not emptied entirely and burst when the water froze. At least that is what I assume, because when I turned on water in spring, it sprayed out of ...
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Is it likely that this single skin brick wall can support a large kitchen cabinet?

I would like to hang an 80cm x 80cm x 37cm cabinet on this single skin brick wall (where the ladders are currently hanging). The bricks are 10cm deep. The span of wall, each side of the pier, is ~...
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Why does my garage consumer unit buzz when the kettle is on?

I fancied a cup of tea while working in the garage and didn’t want to keep going back into the house so I fetched the kettle etc and plugged it into the garage. When I turn the kettle on, the ...
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What kind of glass should I use for insulating a garage door window? [closed]

While insulating my garage door, I'm considering replacing the existing plain glass with something better. I'm considering replacing each pane, or simply attaching a second layer on the inside of the ...
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Making your own B Vent Attic Insulation Shield?

I'm installing a 45k BTU gas heater in my garage. It will be a vertical vent installation with 3" b vent pipe and I'm going to insulation the attic with about 18" of cellulose insulation. No one ...
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If it is not going to actively heated or cooled, is there any value in insulating a garage?

In Southern California, during new construction with a finished garage, the cost of adding insulation at this point should be low. But if the space will not have any active cooling or heating ...
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Why doesn't my garage door opener close the door?

I am currently having an issue where my garage door remote does not work when attempting to close the door. I have done a fair bit of research which suggested the light bulb next to the motor/antennae ...
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Do they make wireless safety sensors for garage door openers?

I've had a lot of issues with the safety sensors for my garage door opener, most of which had to do with loose or broken wires leading from the opener to the sensors. It's been extremely frustrating ...
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Code requirements for adding several outdoor outlets around my garage

I have been doing some reading and feel just about ready to add some more outlets to my garage. I would like to add 2-3 more outlets, 1 on one side at the top (maybe under the roof overhang) for ...
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Garage door torsion bar support bracket not attached

The third-car garage door on my recently-built house seems to have a bracket loose. The bracket in question is one that seems to go around the torsion spring and screws to the door frame header - it ...
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How do you identify settling cracks versus structural cracks (new build )

In my new build house I've found roof to ground stucco crack on outside and at same location on inside (garage). There's a crack from top through the mortar, then straight through two blocks, then ...
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Is the combination switch and outlet circuit in my 1970s home ok?

I’m replacing an existing incandescent light fixture in my garage with two LED fixtures. The light is on a set of 3-way switches. I expected to remove the existing fixture and find a hot and neutral....
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Water puddle in backyard causing leaking in garage concrete wall

This is what I saw in the backyard of a split level home after a light rain The water was there due to overflow from gutter. I can clean the gutter but the puddle situation must be fixed as it will ...
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Can these wall braces be removed?

My detached garage was rebuilt in 2015, and 2 of the walls have metal braces with kerfs cut into the studs. The walls are sheathed with tongue and groove. The wall in the picture is 2x4’s 24” on ...
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Should I resurface my concrete before laying epoxy on a garage floor?

I'd like to lay down epoxy garage flooring. The concrete in my garage is still original (50+ year house) in relatively good shape. Will the epoxy fill in minor (1/8" or so) imperfections which are ...
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Craftsman 3/4 hp garage door won’t go down.

I have a craftsman 3/4 hp garage door that will not go down, sometimes it goes down about 2 inches then back up and flashes 10 times. It will go all the way down if I hold the wall button until it ...
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What conductor and burial depth are appropriate for my garage subpanel circuit?

We are building a 2-story detached garage. The upstairs will be my wife's studio. She is a painter and quilter. The lower level will be a standard garage for tools, etc. I do not plan to weld but who ...