Questions tagged [garage]

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Sealing a tilt type garage door

I've got a tilt type garage door with gaps on the side. I've sealed the top and bottom, but I'm not sure what to do with the sides. I've googled a bit and it turns out that it's recommended to just ...
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What are the pros and cons on installing a typical garage floodlight kit, inside your garage?

I have a few extra kits and a dark garage... and I am like why not inside? This thing would take 20 minutes to install and would pump out 225W. Some other things that have come to mind. Is there a ...
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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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Is it worth adding a 2nd roof vent to an unfinished detached garage?

If a "2.5" car (24x24ft) garage has one roof vent near the top, is there any use in adding an extra roof rent? The garage is unfinished/uninsulated, and there is no obstruction of air between the roof ...
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Adding a garage subpanel

Currently I have a 200-amp main panel located in the basement. I would like to install a subpanel in the garage. I will use to power my electrical tools, heater, and PC. The garage is part of the ...
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Is DIY water softener feasible with my house layout?

I'm planning to finally deal with the hard water in my home. Before I get a plumber involved, I wanted to check if I could DIY the installation, so here I am. The water main pipes and valves are ...
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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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How to address a slow garage roof leak

During a recent rain storm, I noticed a very slow drip of water coming from the center of my (external) garage roof in a few places. After it dried up, I went to inspect the problem spots and found ...
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Does this wall look sound?

I want to hang pegboard and some French cleats on my garage walls, which have some cracks in the masonry. Are these likely to be cosmetic or structural defects? Assuming I hang everything from the ...
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Fixing Incorrect Concrete Leveler Application

I have a 400 Square Foot garage that has a lot of gouges in the concrete floor. I purchased some primer and Concrete Leveler in order to fix the gouges. I made a mistake and accidentally mixed 4 times ...
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Filling garage floor control joints

TL;DR: How should I fill this V shaped, shallow control joint in my garage most effectively? Joint rough dimensions: 5/8 in. wide at bottom 1 in. wide at top 3/8 in. deep Do I need backer material ...
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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 rewiring

Looking for input on my garage rewiring project. House built in early 1950's. A slightly roomy one-car garage. I want to modernize it and make it nice to work in; sometimes power tools and car ...
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How do I move my sheave pulley vertical with the bottom door bracket?

I just recently purchased a house and the garage doors need some work (Replace wheels with silicon for less noise, etc..). While I'm at it I also want to change the stationary sheave pully so that the ...
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Are these boards above my garage structural?

I started laying out some plywood for storage above my garage, and was wondering id these 2x8's can be removed to make a flatter space. I saw someone refer to them as "catwalks", though I can't find ...
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Trying to replace a garage light switch with old wiring

Trying to replace a light switch in the garage with a new one but the wiring doesn’t match. Old switch has white (currently matched to red/black) and black (currently matched to black) coming out of ...
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Floors and walls in unheated garage/workshop

On my lot I have a garage which I use for various types of storage. At the moment the floor is paved with concrete bricks, and the walls are made of concrete fence. Suffice to say it's not the ...
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How to use a side by side refrigerator in a cold garage?

During the summer months, the fridge in my not insulated garage works fine, and has for some time. During the cold winter months (below freezing) the KitchenAid KSRS25Q (old) side by side fridge won't ...
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Is it safe to store a wheel/tire set in my garage loft area?

I'm not sure how much they weigh. I assume around 50lbs a piece. Here is the area I will store them in: Any specific way I should arrange the load or am I worrying too much?
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Dehumidifying an unheated garage

I have a small, 40 year old garage in the backyard of the block of apartments where I live, which I've turned into a workshop. I replaced the roof, and repaired and strengthened the back wall, filled ...
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Deal with humidity in Garage with no vapor barrier

My garage slab has no vapor barrier and I live in Houston which is often wet and almost invariably humid. Water seeps up through the concrete and humidity is always pretty high in the garage. Power ...
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Is a 60 amp breaker adequate for a 240v sub-panel to my garage?

150 panel in house. I want to run a 240 (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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Hot Garage - Do Garage Door Vents Work?

My Garage gets hot in the summer! Outside temp might be 85 degrees Fahrenheit but in the garage it's over 110. If I leave the door open about 8 inches temperature equals out. Issues with leaving ...
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Garage Gym - Mounting Folding Squat Rack to Plasterboard Wall

I have purchased this squat rack to go into my garage: Unfortunately, they do not come with mounting instructions and the manufacturer recommends getting a builder in to do it. Instead, I'm going to ...
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Garage Sub-Panel Addition

I want to add electric heat to my 750 square foot garage by way of an overhead 7.5 or 10 KW heater. Adding a sub panel would allow me other options for power for the following: Heater 220V at either ...
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Is it possible to add a branch to existing fireplace blower?

My fireplace has two blowers behind grates in the brick. Fans behind these lower grates mix air with heated air from behind the firebox and kick out a serious amount of heat into the room. The heated ...
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cracks in concrete walls in garage

I live in a high-rench type of house, where garage is on the lower level. The walls are concrete, and I found long crack running along the corner (see attached photo). The house is not in a wet/damp ...
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How should I reattach this garage door bracket?

I didn't install this originally but looks like the bracket has broke off from the door. Also it appears that the door itself is damaged. What is the best way to repair this?
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White marks on garage ceiling

I just moved to a new house, and noticed those white marks on my garage. Does anyone know what's behind them? I would like to install a ceiling rack in my garage. Should I install it on the white ...
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What method to use when cleaning an old wall-mounted garage heater?

I recently bought a home with a detached garage, and within it is an older natural gas heater that I cannot find any information on. It is hooked to the gas line and has instructions on how to light ...
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Soundproof Garage Ceiling

I’m building a soundproof room in a garage for a friend, after having done something similar for myself, but am not sure about the ceiling. I was planning to use two layers of acoustic plasterboard (...
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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 10/2 cable appropriate for a 240V, 30A garage heater outlet?

I would like to add a garage heater (Cadet "The Hot One" - 5000/3333watts - two settings) I currently do not have any 240v access in my garage. My main panel is in my basement and my garage is ...
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How to protect furniture in a leaky garage?

I have some furniture (nothing very valuable, but some tables and bookcases) that I am temporarily going to have to store in a garage that is a bit leaky. It's not very leaky, and there is some ...
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Insulating a garage - from the outside or the inside?

I have a metal garage, which I want to insulate to a level of a well insulated house (if that's possible at all). I live in the are where the coldest it gets is about -15 C (5 F) for a couple of weeks,...
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Front Garage Lights no power

I'm a new to doing home improvement stuff and I've been doing okay electrical stuff for the house so far but today I ran into an issue out of my skillset while wiring up the front lights on the ...
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Spray foam vs injection in garage ceiling with bedrooms above?

My new home has 2 bedrooms and a bathroom over the garage. Per the builder, there is a R30 insulation (so I guess about 9" batt, but haven't drilled in yet to check). This is clearly not working as ...
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Why does my overhead door reverse after closing partway?

My garage door will begin to close and will close about 3/4 of the way and then pop back up. It started a few months ago but it only occurred on rainy days, but now it's doing it daily for the past ...
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garage door handle disconnected from lock

My garage door is manual at the moment. I’ve had to lock it manually. Today, I realized I can’t lock it from the outside anymore. The handle connected to the lock moves freely and doesn’t move the ...
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Run 12/3 through insulated wall to surface mounted electric panel

Should/can I run the 12/3 wire inside the wall or just run a conduit up to the attic? The project: I want to install split receptacle 20 amp outlets in my garage. The subpanel in the garage is ...
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Adding 240v (NEMA 14-50) outlet right behind breaker panel

The breaker panel is on the outside wall, right next to my garage. I want to install a 240v outlet right behind the panel, thru the wall. If i open the panel, there are those round metal covers that ...
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Adding Refrigerator to Garage Door circuit

I recently had a transfer switch installed for my generator. I'd like to add a basement refrigerator to the same breaker (in my service panel) as the garage door circuit. This would allow the ...
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Fixing garage drain

So I am planning to put an epoxy on my old garage floor, but before I do that, I want to get my drain taken care of. As you can see from the picture, its in pretty rough shape. How would I go about ...
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How to exorcise squirrels?

We have (at least) one squirrel abiding under the roof of the garage, and we'd like to get rid of it (them) before it gets really cold. I installed a sound-generating "anti-pest" device in there two ...
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How should I insulate garage ductwork when no gap exists between ductwork and ceiling?

I currently have uninsulated HVAC ductwork running the width of my garage. There's no gap between the ducts and the plaster ceiling above it. There's also very little clearance between the ducts and ...
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Is there a term for this carriage door stay?

My 1929 garage has several side-hung carriage doors that are held open by a neat stay system where a metal bar slides through a bracket and then a notch in the bar rests on the bracket. Pulling the ...
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Garage door doesn’t close all the way

Hi, my garage door doesn’t seem to close all the way by a 2-4 inches. I just had the garage remodeled and wanted to see how I can fix this before dirt starts going inside the garage. I thought I’ll ...
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What kind of garage flooring is this?

I like the flooring here in this picture but wonder what it is Is it some paint / stain on top of concrete? Because I can see the crack. Or is it some laminate plastic thing?
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sunlight and sensors for garage doors

I have found that the light reflecting off the garage floor also causes a problem. High noon, both sensors in the shadow and still a problem. Put some landscaping black and fixed it. Next morning, ...
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Cracked & Heaving Garage Doorway

My garage floor is cracked & heaving near the asphalt apron. I will need to cut out the apron and get it properly replaced, but my immediate concern is the cement with the cold weather coming. ...

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