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Questions tagged [garage]

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Is it going to be worth replacing bat insulation with rigid foam between bedroom and garage?

I have the classic problem of two bedrooms above a garage that are too hot in the summer. In the winter it can be cooler upstairs than the rest of the house but not as much as a temperature difference ...
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Repair old garage workbench

I have this old garage workbench that seems very sturdy The wood is OK, I could replace the door. But the surface's corner has cracking like this: This is done from previous owner. I would like to ...
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Advice on wiring garage coach lights

I'm planning on replacing the garage coach lights at my house. We have a junction box on the inside of the garage, directly behind where the fixture is mounted however it's behind the plywood / cedar ...
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WiFi garage door controller installation

Currently I have the normal garage door remote but in addition to it I would like to add a WiFi controlled system. https://imgur.com/a/TmViiSt Those pictures show the current control box and the new ...
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How can I replace the siding on my garage when its on the property line, and 12" adjacent to another structure?

My garage is right on the property line, and my so is my neighbors. Its not a shared wall, but the two are about a 1 foot (maybe 1.5 feet) apart. Its not enough room for me to squeeze back there. ...
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Is NM (Romex) wiring ok for a shop wired in 2006?

The shop building on a property I want to buy was built in 2005 but not wired until 2006. The building is metal with a wood framed interior office and bathroom. It appears to be wired with Romex and ...
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Garage gable fan proper installation

I want to add a gable fan in my garage to help cool it and help to let out the humidity in the winter. My garage doesn't have a high peak, so there is about 24" of height at the peak on the gable and ...
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Can I use 20 feet 2x4 studs to add a ceiling in the garage?

I have a garage that is 22 feet by 18 feet. It does not have a ceiling but it has a roof and everything. One side is the wall that it shared with the house. And the other side is the outside wall. I ...
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How should I treat my garage wall?

I want to turn my garage into a bit of a woodworking shop (I am an amateur at best) so I want to put things on the wall such as tools and other things that must be stored there. My garage has very ...
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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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How to vent garage in summer?

Our garage faces nearly directly west, meaning it gets full afternoon sun. It also has no attic above it - meaning it has a fair bit of roof. There is batt insulation along the roof but the garage ...
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How to attach a “lean to” shed to a garage? [closed]

I recently purchased the plans for this 10'x6' Lean To Shed. It is designed to be free-standing, but I'd like to attach this to the back of my garage, which is more than large enough to accommodate. ...
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Do I need to insulate the joists in the floor of a converted garage?

I live in New England, and am having my current garage renovated into more heated living space. There is a floor with 2x8 joists being built about 2 feet above the garage slab, and flush with the ...
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Can I connect 12 AWG wire to 10 AWG in a junction box?

This may sound like a dumb question, but I'm adding some electrical outlets to my garage using 10 AWG wiring in conjunction with 30 amp circuits. I am running 10 AWG THHN through conduit to multiple ...
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garage breaker keeps tripping

I tried to upload a pic but the it says the size is too large🤨 So my breaker tripped the other day when I plugged in a set of lights. I unplugged them reset the breaker and the switch/plug combo I ...
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Could the black and white wires in a three-wire cable both be used as hots?

In my detached garage, there is a ??/3 cable (haven't measured to know the gauge, though I'm thinking it's 10..) coming into a fuse box with two circuits. The strange thing is, the third conductor is ...
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Can I use a ground rod as an equipment ground for a detached garage?

I'm in a bit of a dilemma. The house we bought has a detached garage supplied by 12/3 UF with ground. The previous owner/handyman set this up as a multiwire branch circuit (MWBC) with a twist: one ...
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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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Strengthening ceiling above the garage for additional storage

I need some help. I am trying to figure out the best way to strengthen my garage ceiling to create storage space up above. The problem is the house was built in 1997 with a 2x4 W truss system. The ...
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my garage has soffit and ridge vents and I want to insulate it (southern NH)

like the thread title says: I'm located in Southern NH, allegedly we have 4 seasons although I'm having my doubts about the veracity of that (loonnng winter) I have an attached 2 car garage with a ...
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How to repair garage interior back wall damage hit lightly by my car

I accidentally ran my car into the interior back wall of my garage three years ago. Now that we are moving out, we would like to get it fixed. Please see the damage area attached. I am not even sure ...
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wiring up new detached garage

K.I.S.S. Keep it simple stupid. Please remember this when responding because I have very little knowledge of home electrical, mechanic by trade. My House has a 200amp service panel House panel runs ...
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Will garage door insulation improve cooling efficiency?

I use half of my two car garage as a garage and the other half as a gym. I am lucky enough that when the house was built they routed AC ducts to the garage but since the thermostat is inside (and I am ...
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Biokleen (biodegradable detergent) soaked into drywall

I have a wall that goes into a storage room in the garage. It is drywall with fiberglass insulation. I stored a gallon of Biokleen (Biokleen All Purpose Cleaner Super Concentrated, 128 oz) and it ...
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Reroute water around garage

I am having some issues during spring / rainfall. Because one corner of my garage is low, all the water pools, which then comes into the garage. I find myself constantly trying to broom the water away....
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Dealing with water on a bad garage slope

The slab in our garage has settled toward the house, so whenever our cars are slushy the snow drains into the garage, where we walk and have things stored. We've been quoted about $4,000 to replace ...
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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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How do I put a brick wall where an exterior window is?

I have a detached garage with fairly large sliding windows (previous owner installed these) with a brick exterior. I want to remove the windows and close up the wall with bricks. What do I need to ...
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Is there a low temperature thermostat that is simulatneous switching for two electric garage heaters? [closed]

I want to connect two QMark MUH108 10kw electric garage heaters to a single thermostat. According to the spec sheet, this unit uses 24 V control. It was previously asked about a low temp thermostat ...
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How to establish footings for a raised frame

I have a situation where an old wood-framed garage with a concrete slab has been jacked up about 6" to increase the door heights and head room. Currently the studs are just resting on little brick ...
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Heating Bare Steel Bars

I have hollow bare steel pull-up bars in my garage home gym that are virtually unusable without gloves when the temperatures drop below freezing. I would like to heat the bars in a safe way. ...
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16x20 electrical wire run for shed

I am building a 16x20 shed for my woodworking projects. It is about 80 ft from house. I am attaching power to existing electrical panel on outside of house. What size wire do I need to run to shed? I ...
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How to repair garage slab after plumbing brought in

The corner of the slab in my garage was removed to bring in plumbing. It's been backfilled with ~3 feet of dirt (slab was 2ft thick). What is the best way to repair this? I'm thinking I'll dig out ...
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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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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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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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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 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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LiftMaster garage opener will not erase memory

Moved into a new home a couple months ago. Car was broken into on my driveway a week ago, and one of my garage door openers was stolen (along with some other things). The problem is that the opener ...
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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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Feedback on ideas for stopping water from coming under garage door

I have two garage doors that both occasionally experience water coming in. This happens on rainy days, but only when the wind is against the door. The grade is OK, except there is an inch or less of ...
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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 ...