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Residential garage breaker and outlet requirements

I’m upgrading wiring in my detached garage (in Burbank, CA), and I’m not 100% sure about a few things. It seems every branch circuit needs GFCI protection, but not necessarily AFCI protection, is ...
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Water damage to Garage ceiling and wall

I live in a row/townhouse (in Toronto Canada) with my house being last one. We have balconies instead of backyards. During one of the windstorms, the divider between balconies broke and caused water ...
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Running Power to My Garage [closed]

My spring project is to install electrical power to my new garage. There is about 20 foot gap between my house and the garage. The wiring will go underground. In the garage, I am planning the ...
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How should I reattach an overhead door opener arm that pulled out?

My curved door arm pulled out of the steel bar it was secured to. I repaired the door by pre-drilling the steel bar roughly 3/4" below the damage and reinstalled the two bolts that ripped out. ...
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Seal interior gaps garage door

I have weatherstripping/trim similar to this one on the outside of my (steel) residential garage door However the current weatherstripping/trim does not seem to be sealing my door fully. Basically, ...
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How to minimize radiant warming of unfinished uninsulated garage in California summer sun?

We have a 75-year-old attached but unfinished and uninsulated redwood stick-built garage, roughly 20x20 feet. In the unshaded California summer sun, the roof gets quite warm and radiates the heat into ...
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height of incoming power to detached garage

I have a single 20 amp circuit coming out of PVC conduit buried 18" in the ground into an LB connector that enters a detached garage. I'd like to enter the garage at 12" or less above ...
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Porcelein tiles transition under the garage door of a heated garage

I am installing 600x600x10 mm porcelain tiles on existing concrete floor in a garage. I am not sure what would be the best way to transition between inside and outside with the tiles. I'm using ...
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Can black stove pipes be used for ductwork?

Can I use black stove pipes for ductwork in my garage? I'm reading that I need 26 gauge duct pipes for garages, and it turns out that 24 gauge black stove pipes are a cheaper option (at least at Home ...
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How can I tell if my old Overhead Door 55A is compatible with this Genie opener?

I have an Overhead Door Model 55A over 30 years old garage door opener. How can I tell if compatible with this new Genie one?
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Is this garage attic storage platform safe?

We're converting some of the attic space in our garage for storage and I'm hoping someone here can help with some concerns I have about the work that was done. I'm handy but not in construction and ...
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Procedure for DIY floor painting

Concrete garage floor. I've found paint that the can says can be used on the floor. But I need guidance in the proper prep work needed to make it look good I feel like I should acid wash this or do ...
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Which screws to hang pegboard to studs in a garage?

extreme noob here. I bought some pegboard 48" x 24" which I want to hang landscape across 16" gap studs in my garage (exposed). The pegboard is 1/4 thick tempered (Tempered hardwood 1/4 ...
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Garage drain isn't draining, how can I figure out where it ends?

My house is a 1977 ranch with double garage underneath and it has septic tanks. A round drain in the garage seems to go to the left as that's where the vacuum hose goes when I put it in the drain, but ...
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Waterproofing garage with wood siding on concrete slab

I am looking for ways to waterproof the bottom of my garage. Last year I removed a concrete dog run that the previous owner had. Now, the wood is directly against the earth (with everything melting ...
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Steel electrical boxes downstream of a 100 amp subpanel

Do steel electrical boxes need to be grounded downstream of an unbonded 100 amp subpanel?
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Can I use a recessed subpanel in the wall between house and attached garage?

I am planning to install a subpanel in my attached garage, with most likely a 70A feed from the main panel. Can the subpanel be the recessed type that fits in the wall cavity between 2 studs, in the ...
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Transition from NM-B to THHN/THWN-2 for an attached garage subpanel

This question is similar to others, however similar questions suggested are over 5 years old. The work has not yet begun, but here is what I am thinking. I am running a 50A 240V circuit from my main ...
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Garage door fingerprint reader - opener compatibility issue with old hard-wired opener button - retrofit possible?

I want to connect a Chamberlain 942FP / 379LM fingerprint reader garage door "keypad" to a Chamberlain B750T (I think a.k.a. B750) opener. Unfortunately the fingerprint reader is much older ...
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Sears craftsman garage opener 139.53415SR unable to reset codes

I have a Sears craftsman garage opener 139.53415SR and I am unable to reset the codes on it using the yellow SR code button on the back. I have tried holding it for 20 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 min but ...
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Wiring and other questions about installing a heater in workshop

I picked up a small construction heater (240v, 4800W) from a garage sale that I’m intending use as a heater in small work area within my garage. Some of the details: The garage/work area are not ...
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Should I mount garage door hardware to studs through drywall, or directly to stud?

I'm having my garage doors replaced next week and I'm debating whether to install drywall before the installation or after. The wall that the garage doors are on is currently not insulated or ...
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What are these metal strips on our garage walls for?

In a brick outdoor garage building we have metal banding attached vertically to the walls. They seem to be pre drilled, as if they are intended to facilitate fixing additional fixtures e.g shelves. Is ...
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Is it safe to build a long beam from shorter pieces of lumber?

We have a mid span beam in the middle of the garage (24 by 24 garage) supporting the 12 ft long floor joists (2x8) for above attic space. This beam was made of gluing and nailing three 2 x 10 (or ...
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Best way to remove winter humidity from an attached garage?

We live in the central USA, where temps are often below freezing for several months a time. We have an attached garage which is insulated, so usually stays above freezing due to heat coming through ...
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220v heater in garage

I currently have a 50 amp 220 breaker in my breaker box and a 50 amp outlet in the garage(I think it used to have a washer and dryer). I bought a garage heater that is 20 amp so the plug doesn't ...
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Garage door alignment

My sectional garage door doesn't seem to be aligned correctly. The springs are at the rear, like this: There's a scraping noise when operating that seems to be coming from the left cable drum. The ...
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How to repair damage from vehicle swipe/scrape?

I accidentally scraped the outside of my garage while backing out. See picture. Anyone know 1) what material this is made of and 2) how to repair it? I was able to get the paint off my front car ...
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Are the walls of my garage closet load-bearing?

I am planning to remove this garage closet to make more room for our car. From looking at the framing it doesn't appear to be load bearing - which would obviously be very surprising considering it ...
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Running a gas line to the garage

Hey guys I need to run a buried gas line from my house to the garage. Its about 60 ft run. It passes through my driveway (gravel). How deep am I supposed to burry it to be safe? What line should I buy?...
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How to weather seal uneven garage door?

This is the garage door (at my business) and it is not seal from outside. No weather strip present. How do I suppose to seal it with this weather strip though? There will be gaps due to the pattern ...
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Installing electric Dyna-Glo 15000 watt garage heater [closed]

I need help on a installing a garage heater. Here is what the manufacturer said to do. I’m just confused.
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Why are there 2 breaker circuits running into a single light switch?

I have a large bank of fluorescent lights in a detached garage ceiling that pull of lot of electricity if someone leaves them on, so I was going to install a smart switch to be able to turn them off ...
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Fixing a wooden brace that has had holes drilled in it

When putting up my punch bag in the garage I drilled holes which I have decided need to be sealed post conversation in another question raised by myself. There are 2 holes running along the brace ...
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Which fixings will hold a boxing bag from garage joist

I fitted a 5ft punch bag to a joist in my garage. I used the rawl plugs and screw provided. I drilled 6cm deep by 1cm diameter. Bashed the plugs in and tightened the fixing. The bag stayed up for 15 ...
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Tee or split GFCI circuit in garage (120v) - Practical and Code question

Relevant but didn't address the GFCI part of the question: Split a single branch circuit into two runs? I'm wondering if I can split/tee/branch an existing circuit that uses wall mounted metal conduit....
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Fastening Double Ledgerboards for Loft

I’ve got an unfortunate issue, my garage length is 1.5 inches past the free span length for joists. First, is it acceptable to fasten Double Ledger boards to make the distance work? Before designing ...
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Is there any reason to not caulk/foam between the garage door jamb and rough opening?

There is a gap between the rough edge and the garage door jamb. From some research, it seems like it's common practice to caulk/spray-foam this area to prevent drafts/etc. However, before doing so, I ...
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Wiring for switched NEMA 6-20R and 5-20R in same box in garage

My goal is to have 20A receptacles in a particular spot in my garage dedicated to power tools (such as saws) whose motors can be configured for either 240V or 120V, with a switch as a handy second ...
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Did my installer give me the wrong overhead door springs or is my motor just too weak?

Spring finally snapped after many decades. Called someone in to replace the spring. Backstory, the spring is 30+ years old. couple years ago I lubed up the spring with lithium lubricate and cleaned ...
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Reinforcing Truss-based Garage Ceiling

I'm currently in the process of insulating/drywalling my attached garage. It is about 25' x 20' with Fink style trusses. The truss bottom chords are spliced with plywood sheets on either side. Rather ...
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Running electric to sub panel in detached garage, can I use a flexible conduit in my basement?

My understanding is that feeder wires need to be in conduit for the whole run, but running schedule 40 through my basement joists seems awful and maybe impossible. I’m wondering if I can use a more ...
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How does ventilation help in a detached garage

I just bought a house that has a HUGE detached garage. The problem is that there is NO air movement at all. It ends up smelling really musty and some of the items inside seem damp. A friend ...
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How to wire garage door sensors

The wiring to my garage door sensors has gone bad basically right at the point it gets to the connector at the end of the wire. It's an older Sears model that they no longer sell parts for (model ...
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Detached garage sub-panel issues for older house

I have an older house (1930) and there is an old sub-panel in the garage (with two of those old glass fuses and a knife switch). The garage is fed underground with 120V by two #10 wires from a 30 amp ...
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How much weight can my garage beams carry?

I have a bed rack and tent on the bed of my pickup truck that I‘d like to get on and off easily. I am thinking of purchasing a hoist system for my garage: https://garagesmart.com/products/truck-top-...
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Should a shear wall be strapped to a chimney?

We are seismically retrofitting our 1951 home. The chimney is in one corner of the garage and both walls abut into the chimney, but neither wall appears to be fastened to the chimney. The wall on ...
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Why is my door on top of bricks?

I have a door leading from my basement, (finished, livable, but still rough compared to the rest of the house) to the drive-under garage. This door isn't to code in the slightest: it's an interior ...
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240v Garage lighting

My Garage has four, four-bulb flourescent light fixtures (T8). I am removing the ballasts and replacing the bulbs with LED bulbs. No problem there. While doing this, I was surprised to discover the ...
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What level of damp proofing is needed before battening my garage walls?

I am battening my garage walls this week but have read so much conflicting information on what vapour / moisture control is needed. The garage is attached to the house, so one wall borders the house. ...
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