Questions tagged [garage]

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Weird LED light bulb issue

I'm looking for a good answer for an issue I'm having with some new LED light bulbs I got today. When I plug both 17w (150w equivelent) bulbs into the sockets in my garage they don't turn on at all. ...
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Garage door opener won't open/close or start light when called for

I have about a 12-13 year old Overhead Door opener. I was a dummy and left it open over night in the Arctic cold and snow we've been having. Now the contact closure for the motor won't engage the ...
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Freeze prevention in garage

My garage is below a heated room, and there are heating pipes running through the garage to heat that room. In the recent incredibly cold spell in New England, one of those pipes froze and burst. I ...
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I want to put a 4’X8’ platform in my garage to hoist stuff up

I’d like to frame up a 4’X8’ hole in the ceiling of my garage. Rafters above are 2x6 on 24” centers. So I’d have to cut through 4 of them to do it. Obviously I would have to make a really sturdy ...
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Clean and lubricate garage door rails

I have a garage door with a rubber belt drive. I would like to know the correct way to clean and lubricate the rails as it is screeching a bit when opening and closing. Can I wash out the rails with ...
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EMT or PVC Conduit For Exterior Above Ground Electrical Run

I'm installing a garage on the side of my house furthest from the electrical box. I don't want to trench the entire distance (60 ft), so I am planning on running conduit along the exterior of my home ...
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What Size Conduit for 4AWG

I'm running a 60 amp circuit to provide power to my garage. It is about 70 ft in length, so I think I need to go with 4AWG to counter any resistance loss. I'll be pulling 4 wires (R,B,W,G) thru ...
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How can I keep my paint from freezing in an unheated garage?

This is the first winter I've had cans of paint in my garage. Many paint labels advise that paint shouldn't be allowed to freeze. There are three five-gallon buckets on the floor and around ten one-...
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Why is a corner of our garage floor slab all uneven?

Our house was built ~1985, and it has quite a few oddities. One of them is an irregularly shaped corner of our garage. Our garage is ~32' (9.75m) x 32' (9.75m), and a significant section (not square ~...
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How to insulate around heater exhaust vent pipe?

In the winter I noticed that my garage (and the den next to it) get really cold by the morning. As in very close to the outside temp cold. I didn't know where to borrow tools to detect where the leak ...
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Painting breeze block

I'm planning on painting the breeze block wall in my garage. Do I need to use a specific paint type or am I ok to just use left over matte? Also, is it safe to paint the floor?
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How to protect new car from garage scuffs

The entrance to my garage faces the side of my house and my driveway is narrow. So when I pull in I have to turn 90 degrees. With my old Jeep I have brushed the front outside corner bumper against ...
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wet spots on inside of garage wall

I have a simple cinder block garage. It is exposed on one side and adjacent to a neighbor's garage (6" gap) on the other. The side adjacent to my neighbor shows some water spots on the inside of the ...
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Securing rubber mats to garage floor

I'm renting a house in which I have some gym equipment in the garage. I'm anticipating buying some 3'x4'x3/4" rubber stall mats to protect the floor and deaden noise from dropped weights. I would be ...
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How to extend existing circuit 5 ft

I would like to use my garage lighting circuit for my garage door opener but I need to extend it 5 feet. The lighting circuit is 14/2 wire but I have 12/2 wire. Should I buy a 6 foot piece of 14/2 ...
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Painting aluminum garage door

I need to repaint my aluminum garage door but want to use the right paint / process to do it. Will an oil based paint like rustoleum work? Is there a special primer that I need to get this done the ...
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What is the paper in my garage?

I am insulating my detached garage. I was wondering what the purpose of the paper attached to the shiplap sheathing is. It has lots of areas that are ripped. I am not sure if I should rip it out or ...
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How do I connect a Class B vent to this heater

When I moved in a two years ago this heater wasn't working. Turns out the tree roots crushed the gas line. When I did my patio I had a new gas line put in. The heater fires up and runs good. The prior ...
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How do I seal off my garage?

We run a dehumidifier full time in our garage. In the summer we empty it once a day. A couple weeks ago I thought there has to be a reason we need to dehumidify. I found out that our garage has an ...
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Is a 100A breaker adequate for a garage subpanel?

I am a DIYer and want to do this project on my own. I do have a licensed electrician that I can fall back on, and will use at the end of the project to check it, but I'd really like to do this. I've ...
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Do I need to upgrade electrical service

I am building a 24'X30' garage that will have a guest space above. The service to the main building is 200Amp. The garage will include small appliances heat and a/c. There will be an efficiency washer ...
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Can I remove these braces safely while boarding my garage?

Hi everyone It might be very stupid an amateur question. My apologies in advance. I’m boarding my garage to create some space for storage. There are some perpendicular bracing which are attached to ...
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Can I install a switch on my overhead door opener's circuit for added security?

Garage doors in our neighborhood are being opened by a master code. Can an electrician wire the light switch to shut off power to the garage, so the door doesn't open at night or when we are away? I ...
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Should I drywall and/or insulate my garage wall?

I'm in the process of a few projects in the garage, including raising the ceiling and insulating with spray foam. This has left me with a fair amount of leftover fiberglass batts. There is a room ...
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Detached Garage additional wiring

Hi I have a 1950s house in Indiana that has the original wiring to a detached garage. The garage is about 25-30 feet from the main panel. It currently only has a switch for the light. I am planning ...
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If I can smell my trash in my garage from the room above it, should I be concerned about other vapors?

We just bought a new construction home. We have some trash in our garage bin that does have a potent smell, but I assumed it'd stay confined to the garage. This evening while putting my daughters to ...
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Installing An Outlet In Garage - Unexpected wires?

So, this may be an easy question, but I've only ever replaced existing outlets before and I want to make sure I know what I'm doing before I do anything. Here's the situation: This is where I want ...
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How can I open my garage door from the outside with a dead opener?

This morning I found myself locked out of my garage. My interior wall opener isn't working and neither is the remote. The light on the interior pad is out, suggesting a loss of power. Unfortunately, ...
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Trenching and running power to detached garage about 135 feet away

Location: Wisconsin I am having the electric company transition my wiring from overhead to underground, upgrade my service (it might only be 60amp right now) to 200amp, having another company replace ...
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My garage lift only works if the light switch is on!

I just moved into a house where I couldn't get the garage door to open until I figured out that the switch on the wall turned the lift AND the light on. And the light has to be on in order for the ...
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Is 16x20 feet big enough for a 2 car garage?

I have an existing structure that is currently a single car that i'd like to convert to a two car garage; it measures 16x20 feet. The two garage doors would be mounted on the longest side (20 feet). ...
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Should I install a vapor barrier on the bottom of my garage ceiling?

I have a house that has a garage below the main floor. The house is built into a hill, and so the entry way, the basement, and the garage are all on the same level, and the entry way has a stair case ...
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Do-It garage door opener will not close without holding down the button

My garage door opens fine with the remote or the button. Will only close by holding the button down. I have unhooked the sensors and have disconnected the door from the opener and have the same ...
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What's the best strategy to reduce moisture in this garage?

First of all, I know this garage will never be dry. It's a standalone, one car garage built into the side of the hill that my house sits on. It abuts the neighbor's yard, and they have landscaping and ...
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Garage door opener slips

My garage door opener is not working correctly. It will open the door halfway then die, and the door will fall closed. Sometimes it works correctly. It is like the motor does not hold the door open, ...
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How to shave down or flatten - surface concrete of garage - rain water leaking in under door

I have a garage floor - the floor in the garage has sunken leaving the area at the exterior foundation wall - Entrance - to sit up higher like a nice ramp which makes a perfect Rain Water collection ...
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Add an electric outlet by tapping through wall into garage?

I'm mounting a TV on the family room wall. On the other side of this wall is the garage, which is unfinished (and therefor easier to work on). There are no convenient outlets, so I'm considering ...
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Where does my garage drain go and how can I unclog it?

I have a drain in my garage floor. I've never worried about it too much, but with some heavy rains recently I discovered it doesn't work. It appears to be clogged with lots of dirt, pebbles, and ...
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Using Attic/Loft Space Above Garage for Storage - Adding a Subfloor

I have a 2-car garage that is not cooled or heated. Above the garage is an attic/loft space. The attic has beams (they are large beams, not 2-by-4s) that are spaced 16 inches apart. The beams have ...
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What is the best plastic to make a see through 'whiteboard' with?

Over the past few months I've slowly been converting my garage into a DIY/project/man zone by adding lighting, work benches, storage and tools. Next I'd like to mount a piece of transparent plastic ...
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Network Garage Door opener/ how does the switch work

I'm trying to connect a relay/switch to a Garage door(Lift Master). I know that there are two wires to trigger the garage door. I'm not sure how it works exactly. I'm trying to control the garage ...
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NEC 14 wiring a remote / unfinished / garage with 120/240 circuits

I have read the answers related to "how-to install code compliant" questions for wiring a remote/unfinished garage. The answers all are based upon earlier dated NEC code books. Has anything ...
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What is the best insulation keep a garage with a metal roof cool?

I have a wooden garage with a metal roof. I want to make it as cool as possible on the inside. I will have the windows and door open most of the time. I don't really want to use fiberglass bats. I've ...
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Is there a proper way to vent a garage into an attic?

So, I'm looking to install a set of vents in my garage door for the summer months. I insulated it last winter without realizing how hit it would get with two hot cars in it! Not to mention it really ...
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How much clearance do we need for side-loading garage

When we build our house we will have a 16' clearance between our property-line and the garage. Is this enough distance for turning into a side-loading garage without making it too tight to pull in and ...
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Garage door won't close completely

After losing power and operating the door manually and causing the cable to come off the drum, the door now will not close completely. the cable is not crossed. there are no wedged rollers. ...
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How to prepare concrete for epoxy floor coating when it's been repaired with a epoxy hole repair?

After taking our garage down to the studs to remediate black mold, and replace drastic termite damage, we intended to just scuff up the former owners concrete paint (I think now it was probably latex ...
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Damaged my garage - how should I repair?

I did a stupid thing today, and clipped the side of my garage with my car pulling in from work. The house is only a month old, which compounds my frustration. Anyway, it looks like the vinyl trim ...
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Which way should a door between the garage and basement swing?

Looked everywhere for proper answer. We have a 2 car garage attached to the basement. This house is old, built in 1968, we purchased this 2 years ago and were renovating here/there. We just ...