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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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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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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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How do I extend a 2x4 by connecting another one end to end?

My hardware store only sells 8' cuts of 2x4s. How do I extend length horizontally with another 2x4 and support the joining best? Is there a joint or strong tie for this? I have three support legs ...
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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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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 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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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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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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loosening bolt on the steel support strut that's secured to the ceiling of the garage

I was working on my garage door the other day and I noticed that the steel supporting strut (or more appropriate name for this? See the picture) tilted due to a loosening bolt, the ceiling cracked ...
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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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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 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 mice....
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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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Cutting a window to see your garage from within the house [closed]

I found this design concept that someone did of their house. They had cut a panel out of their house that allows them to see their garage which is a cool idea. Are there any projects out there that ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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waterproofing back room of Garage

On back of garage built a tool room.Water comes in tool room due to small hill I tried to dig 3 ft around back and side water still comes in.Is there a solution?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What framing do I need to build a garage with 13 ft walls to store a boat?

The garage door has to be 12x12ft and I need at least 12in of space between the top of my door opening and the ceiling. What changes do I need to make to the traditional framing techniques to support ...
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Where can I find a garage door (slot) mail basket?

I'm looking for a place I can buy a garage door mail slot basket. I had one in my old (rented) house and I'm looking to install one. It should look something like the image below, and keep upright ...
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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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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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What type of paint is suitable over Cempolay Ultra Strong concrete leveler?

I've leveled my garage floor using Cempolay Ultra Strong and the instructions state "Suitable for use on domestic garage floors prior to over coating with a suitable floor paint." Would anyone have ...
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Garage has switched outlets only, cannot operate new garage doors. What are my options?

UPDATE: For anyone curious about what I ended up doing -- I bought 6 motion sensor plugs, plugged those into the existing outlets, then plugged the lights into that, and the garage door opener plug ...
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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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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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Do I need anything over the wall board around wood trimmed garage door openings?

I am replacing all the wood trim around my garage door openings. The trim butts to vinyl siding with j-channel. The siding at the top of the doors had no flashing or trim cap and that is where the ...
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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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Managing water entry at garage door during high winds on rainy days

I have a garage floor that's level, and the driveway slopes very slightly away from the garage door. On rainy days, I don't have any issues with water entry, but on high-wind days, the rain hits the ...
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Keeping washing machine lines warm in a cold garage

A month or two ago I installed a washer in my uninsulated garage. Now that we're getting some very cold weather coming up I'm worried about the rubber water lines freezing. I did put some foam ...
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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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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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Clone gate and garage access Remote

I have a HOA gate entrance that uses a Linear ACT-34B (318 MHz) remote and two Liftmaster 8550W garage doors (315 MHz). Is there a clone or learning remote that would consolidate these into one remote?...