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What “equivalent” to drywall can I use to finish a garage ceiling with habitable space above?

My house is a fairly typical US split-level from the mid-50s. It has a two-car garage with the master bedroom and bathroom above. The garage ceiling is simply open floor joists, with some fiberglass ...
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Garage insulation really need R-39?

I read it from here: https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/ideas-how-to/home-repair-and-maintenance/how-to-choose-insulation.html It recommends my garage "Walls Above Grade" should have R-19/ R19+...
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How do I run the PVC conduit into a garage with a ground-level foundation?

I need to run conduit underground to a new garage. My problem is I don't understand the proper way to run the 2in PVC conduit outside to the sub panel. The wall sits on a 3ft 8in stem wall. The top of ...
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Can you operate / permanently install an air compressor in freezing temperatures?

My garage is heated but it's attic is not. The attic is accessible and could make a good location for a large air compressor - saves space & could muffle the noise. But the annual temperature ...
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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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Remove protruding garage foundation concrete curb

Please advise per the attached pic if it's possible to trim/remove the protruding part of the garage foundation block to be at the same level of the baseboard above it. Please let me know. Thanks.
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Installing lights on wooden ceiling

I recently moved into a new rental house. The house came with a detached garage. Unlike the house, the garage itself seems to have been built very poorly and neglected for a long time. There are no ...
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How effective will a window unit AC be for a garage?

We have a 3-car tandem garage on our house in Texas. This summer, we're planning on having a family reunion and were thinking of using the 3rd bay as an overflow area for the people who couldn't fit ...
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Is it worth insulating the roof of a detatched, unfinished garage, but not the walls?

My detached, unfinished garage is pretty sucky because the walls are only 6' high. Based on quick and dirty math, it'd make more sense to tear it down and start over than to try and finish it, but I ...
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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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Liftmaster garage door opens fine from remote but won't open at main button

My main button doesn't work by the door but my remote is working fine to open and close my garage door. I took off the main button and touched the wires together it still didn't work. The button has a ...
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Need help designing a garage loft [closed]

I'm going to be moving into a new house that has a finished garage with a high ceiling. I want to build a loft in the garage for storage. There are plenty of online span calculators that should help ...
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Calculating U Value of a room

I am converting a garage to a usable room and am researching different options when it comes to insulation. I know more insulation is better, however there is a point where adding more insulation ...
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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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Garage door opener works with remote but not switch

I have a 20-year-old Python Garage door opener. Worked fine. I decided to add an additional "push-button" dry contact relay to the mix so I could operate it with my phone. After unplugging ...
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How to seal concrete panel garage

I have a garage made from cast concrete panels. The gaps between the panels and at the bottom have clearly had an attempt at waterproofing in the past but it has failed, so now I get standing water ...
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How do I reverse the slope of my garage floor?

When I built my garage 25 years ago, the concrete contractor nixed my idea of installing in-floor drains under each car "bay" and assured me that he would slope the floor toward the garage ...
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Garage remodel: can I leave garage door in and put an insulated wall in front?

I am doing a garage remodel and wondering how best to keep the garage door on facade and still be able to have A/C in the garage? I live in hot and humid south Texas. Is this a ridiculous solution to ...
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Garage belly board needs fixing

My garage was built quite a while ago, and the belly boards need some fixing. They are either seeping moisture into the garage or leaking from cracks. I'm wondering if people think I should replace ...
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Help – keep garage dry and well-ventilated (dryer exhaust hose)

I just got an old car and need to keep my garage dry and well-ventilated. Right now my biggest problem is that I have about 3 feet of 4-inch dryer exhaust hose going from my laundry room to a hole ...
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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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LiftMaster garage door stopped closing

I have a LiftMaster 1/2 HP from 2004 (sorry, don't know the model offhand). Just yesterday it started exhibiting this behavior: Opening the door works fine. When closing the door, it will travel 90% ...
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How to remove a single remote from liftwaster garage door opener

I have a garage door with a red auto-learn button that is used by several people. I would like to remove a single programmed remote from the opener without deprogramming all the other remotes that are ...
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Please help me understand how to wire a circuit for this welder

I have a dual voltage tig welder I want to wire a circuit for in my garage. The welder will be the only equipment plugged into this. Attached is the spec sheet, requiring a 30a breaker (and will be ...
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Detached Garage rafter weight load of drywall and insulation

Okay, I made a previous post about this and have determined my original plan is no bueno. For light backstory, I've got a 3 car detached garage 40' x 25' with rafters every 4'OC (pictured below). I'...
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Is my detached garage ceiling capable of handling the load of drywall and insulation?

I'm looking to drywall and insulate my detached 3 car garage that measures 40' x 25'. The ceiling joists are 4' OC and I've realized thay may be a problem. The previous owner contracted a garage ...
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Door threshold/sill from unfinished concrete garage floor

I have a detached garage with a bare, unfinished concrete slab. The side door has a step down to grade. The old threshold was so rotted when we moved in, I couldn't tell you much of anything about it. ...
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Proper way to lay gravel around garage

I have a garage that has had quite a weed problem around the side and back of it. I decided to go for it and lay some gravel down, following this "This Old House" how to: Seems pretty ...
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Are there safety concerns or code violations with my garage sub-panel?

I recently bought a home and the garage has this sub panel that looks questionable to me. The garage has a circuit for 240v, and two other circuits that consists of two 120v wall outlets, and two 120v ...
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Garage sensors: connect 2 pairs of reverse sensors for added safety?

I have one pair of functioning door sensors at kid level that work fine. I want to add another pair of sensors higher up (height of my truck bumper) so that the garage won’t close if my car is ...
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Fix garage door sitting on asphalt driveway

My garage doors sit on the asphalt driveway when closed and I'm not sure why this is. In the photo I attached you can see the line/indentation in the asphalt where the door sits. I'm not sure if the ...
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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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Mold on below grade garage block walls

I have a below grade 2 car internal garage.  Basically the house is built into a slope that rises toward the back yard with the garage doors on the front of the house.  So the rear wall is completely ...
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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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Removing post in center of two-car garage (20ft span)

I have a two-story house with a two-car garage under two bedrooms. The two bedrooms have a non-load bearing wall between them and the garage has a 6x10 beam underneath with a supporting post. I want ...
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Installing Ladder in Historic Brick Garage

Just bought an old home with a detached 1905 brick garage w/ loft. Currently, the only way to access the space is by pulling out a ladder and climbing through a 16" opening at the end. I'd like ...
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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 foundation and leakage in the floor

I found out that there was leak in my garage. And the wood is Rotten around that area and mold is growing. I started looking for any reason removed soil from outside and found out that break is broken ...
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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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Can I vent portable air conditioner into the garage?

I have a bonus space that is attached to the garage that we use as a home gym. I want to be able to run a portable air condition when working out. It will only run 2-3 hours a day and probably only ...
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Using Quietrock drywall AND Rockwool Sound Insulation?

How much additional noise reduction can I get by combining Rockwool sound insulation with QuietRock drywall? Or does one render the other moot? I'm looking to add some noise reduction to an unfinished ...
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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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Condensation forming on garage roof despite insulation

I have a condensation problem on the inside of my garage roof. I noticed it in November, lots of condensation forming on the roof but only at the back half of the garage which is slowly being ...
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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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What is the required distance of electrical panel from a door?

How close can I place a main electrical panel from an interior or exterior door? Is there a difference in distance if the panel is placed on the hinged or non-hinged side, or if it is inward or ...
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Replace rotten bottom plate

I have attached garage with room above it. It has three exterior facing wall. The wall sits on 3-4 ft concrete. I am seeing some water coming through one of the wall. On the other side of the wall ...
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Will insulating attached garage walls create a moisture problem?

I live in Chicago and have 50 yrs old house that has attached garage. I found out that the walls in garage does not have insulation. I am planning to open the drywall, put batt insulation and drywall ...
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How to repair garage wall? (Oriented Strand Board, Insulation, Drywall)

I had a plumber and electrician do some work and they left a big rectangle open in my garage. I need to repair OSB board, maybe replace insulation, and finally drywall. Not sure if I need to replace, ...
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Install a 4x4 between two walls to hang heavy bag

I want to install a 100 lbs heavy bag in my finished garage. I don't want to cut into my ceiling and also my daughter's room is directly above the garage so I'd rather not disturb her. I was wondering ...
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Making your own B Vent Attic Insulation Shield?

I'm installing a 45k BTU gas heater in my garage. It will be a vertical vent installation with 3" b vent pipe and I'm going to insulation the attic with about 18" of cellulose insulation. No one ...

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