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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How to handle air condenser with garage addition

I'm planning a garage addition onto my house and want to know what the best way to handle existing A/C condenser units that are there is. The current setup is as follows (with the C's being the ...
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Are you supposed to put a vapor barrier on both sides of the common garage wall (wall between garage and house)?

In my garage, the wall between the house and the garage has visible studs and insulation in it. This insulation is 50+ years old and I am going to tear it out and put in new insulation. My question ...
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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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Reverse sloped driveway questions

I am looking at a house with a reverse sloped driveway. Are there always going to be a lot of maintenance issues with keeping drains cleared, making sure that the drain is not frozen in the winter to ...
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Why did my garage door opener stop working?

It didn't work, so I put a new battery in the remote. Worked for several days, but then not today. Motor of opener did not engage (not a problem w/rollers etc.) I already checked the sensors ...
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How do I replace an old-style (“wide screw posts”) garage T-lock handle?

My garage features an old-style T-handle very similar to Prime-Line GD 52169 or National Hardware V7643, except that the distance between the hole centers is 1-3/4". Unfortunately, I cannot seem to ...
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DPC around a window (UK)

I had an integrated garage in the house. I have recently had a builder come and replace the garage door with a brick wall and a large bay window as I plan to turn this garage into an office. I have ...
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What wall cladding should be used along the floor of the garage?

I have an attached garage on a house with a wood foundation in Minnesota, USA. The garage is not temperature-controlled. On a roughly three foot long exterior wall, I discovered the drywall was ...
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Concrete floor brick wall gap leaking severely (garage above basement)

Basic Problem: There is a somewhat badly maintained car garage at street level above an area of my basement property. The garage has a concrete floor; the (very small) utility room below has a solid ...
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Garage Ceiling Truss Load and Distribution Options for Overhead Storage

Last summer I hung two 4'x8' overhead ceiling racks by using 4x4's across multiple trusses. The only point that actually share a truss are the mounts closes to the wall. As janky as this is, It's ...
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How to flatten (not level) a concrete slab by shimming a subfloor

I will be working remotely permanently and have a another baby on the way so my current home office is going to be a nursery. I would like to convert a section of my garage into an office, but keep ...
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Suspended platform hanger support spacing calculation

I am building a 8' x 4' storage shelf that I would like to hang from my ceiling. The frame of the shelf is constructed using 2" x 4". I have 2 x 4 cross supports every 24 inches. The shelf attached to ...
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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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Garage door won't open or close when the opener light is on

Garage Door Opener Model: Lift-master 1245R (by Chamberlain) Ok, so this has been quite the puzzle. Roughly a couple of months ago, one of my parents' garage door openers started having problems. 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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What can I put over drywall on a garage firewall?

I want to add a wall covering on top of my 5/8" type-x drywall in my attached garage in Minnesota. What limitations do I have other than not to use flammable/vinyl/plastic material? What materials ...
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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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Why does my garage still have power when the house main is shut off?

I still have power in my garage.. I cant figure out why I still have power on. It's a new garage built on to the house.
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Closing drywall to duct work

We are trying to convert some garage space into a gym, and one the we’re concerned about is all the gap space between the drywall and the ducting. We want to seal that off as much as possible for air ...
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What is this pipe in my garage for?

I measured it and it would come out under the cement where I approximately marked in red in the next picture. The main house sits on the other side of that cement walkway. My only guess is it has ...
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Plumbing water line and drain schedule

I want to build a detached garage. I submitted plans to the city for a permit and they came back telling me they need to see the "plumbing water line and drain schedule" because I would like to have a ...
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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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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 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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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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Repair garage floor

How do I repair the cement edge to the entrance to my garage.
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Reprogram new remote to garage door opener with dip switches

I was having a problem with my garage door remote stolen in this thread but now I think I found a replacement remote that may work. Is it possible to replace just the garage door opener console? The ...
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Garage Wall Question- Insulation and vapour barrier?

We live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We are redoing the wall that separates our house from the garage. The wall is built with 2 by 6's and has been insulated with Roxul R20 thermal batt insulation. On ...
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how can I open my garage door?

Someone copped my garage key during a visit & I am alarmed. I can't access it from inside due to an 'overstuffed' garage (I am 68 yrs old & don't want to take a tumble) How can I get my door ...
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Converting garage into living room?

We want to convert the garage into the living room. Our house has a crawl space under it. But the garage is a slab with cinder blocks around it. Water comes in through the garage door when it rains ...
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Is there an alternative to the pvc/plastic garage weatherstripping (stop molding)?

Our garage has plastic weatherstripping with attached rubber around the perimeter of the garage. It butts up against the actual metal garage wrap. We noticed it is starting to buckle. Are there ...
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Possible moisture issue with partial insulation of unheated garage

I live in a zone 5 area in Ohio in a house build in the 60s. The garage is 20x20, attached to the house on two sides and shares a roof with the house. Current garage isn't insulated - the attic has ...
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how to repair large crack going down length of garage?

My garage floor has a large crack in it that runs the entire length of the garage (approx. 20'). The crack is about 1/3 the way into the center of the garage. and a slab has sunken. my brother in law ...
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Venting a hot garage, how much cooler can it get with an exhaust fan?

I life in Miami and the garage gets very hot in the summer and I am trying to cool it down so I can workout in it. The basics are: I'm looking at this product: iLiving - 10" Wall Mounted Exhaust ...
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Wiring garage ceiling light receptacle to gfci outlet

Hi I’m new to this site and new to the home improvement game so please take it easy if I am repeating others questions. So I’m a first time homebuyer and, currently, renovating my garage. I went to ...
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Garage roof eaves missing closure strips

So my garage roof is missing closer strips under the eaves, which I believe is letting some amount of moisture into the garage, as well as allowing tons of bugs and spiders to get in. I would like ...
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I need to know what size sub panel I need

What size amp sub panel do I need to run off of a 100 amp main panel? At the moment I have a 100 amp sub panel hooked up and it’s making my drill spark and have a burning smell to it.
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Finished garage ceiling for storage: 2 x 6 spanning 11' 6" - 16 on center?

Span is 11' 6" and I'm wanting to use 2 x 6 I'm wanting to create storage in my single car garage by adding a ceiling and adding storage above with a pull-down ladder. I'm doing the work myself but ...
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Rookie question regarding studs in garage ceiling

Good afternoon, Im trying to hang two hooks in my garage ceiling to hang a bicycle. I used a magnetic stud finder and marked a bunch of points where it stuck. To confirm, the studfinder is just ...
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Replace wire to 60A subpanel

Short Version: Anything wrong with running 6/3 NM in a joist well to a junction box that leads out to a 60A garage subpanel? Longer Version: I'm thinking of finishing a room in my basement. It has a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Finishing garage for year-round woodworking workshop

In Toronto, ON and I'm finishing my attached double garage (20x20) in hopes of setting up a woodworking shop. It's not currently heated or cooled but I plan on using it year-round so heating is ...
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Garage door opens and slides down a bit

My garage door (Geniepro screwdrive model 1/2 H.P. Model CM 8600-XL/M) opens completely but slides back down a few inches only (and stops). It closes without any issue. As a result, when it opens, we ...