Questions tagged [garage]

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How does a garage door motor wall control on a two wire circuit determine between door control and light control?

I am trying to recreate the garage door wall switch (making a custom assembly that has two buttons to toggle the door and toggle the light). The first thing that I am attempting to understand is the ...
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What wiring is needed for a propane unit heater in a garage?

Short version: I need to have a propane unit heater installed for a well-insulated 30'x50' x 14' ceiling garage in northern Minnesota. Should I run metallic cable to 20-amp outlet for a propane unit ...
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What are these metal flaps protruding from my garage’s concrete sidewall?

I'm planning phase to re-finish my concrete garage floor with epoxy. I noticed around the base of the floor there are flaps of what is thin sheet metal painted over by the previous owner. What are ...
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Two-car garage construction

I’m looking to build a 2-car detached garage that’s 24ft wide with a loft above for storage. I’ve been searching and I can’t seem to find any lumber that spans 24ft. If I had 2x6 (or 2x8 or 2x12) that ...
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Garage door remote has intermitted problem opening and closing

I have a Chamberlain LiftMaster and multiple remotes which are working intermittently. The garage opens fine from the wall control, however when I pull out of the garage and use the remote it will not ...
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What is this button/switch by Garage door connected garage opener

Moved into this house last year , Trying to figure out what this button does ? the white wire goes to garage opener. . Tried pressing it while the garage door is opening/closing ,nothing happens.
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Need help designing a garage loft

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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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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Buying new remotes because of a LiftMaster failure?

We have a LiftMaster model system installed in our parking garage, which seems not functional anymore. A service technician determined that the motor has failed. We received then two options: 1) ...
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Recommend a material for garage walls

The drywall in our garage has holes, gashes, areas of moisture damage, etc. If we replace it, in a number of years it will be back to the same state. Can anyone recommend a material that will hold up ...
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Why are there nails only half way in, in my garage?

I'm going to be painting my garage walls this weekend as part of a project to turn it into a home gym. As I'm working on the walls, I noticed a lot of nails that are halfway in. Is this on purpose? ...
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garage walls wet

HI, I am purchasing a home and noticed some spots in the garage walls? Not sure if its moisture or a leak since its on the same place on both sides. Any advise will be greatly appreciated.
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Should rain gutters be installed behind metal drip edge?

I am adding aluminum gutters to my new detached garage. I hadn't originally included them in the design, but want to add them to protect the doors and siding from splashing water, and to prevent soil ...
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Tips on how to check if this guest house in ADU was built with permits?

I am about to buy a house in Santa Clara, CA county that has an ADU. As of today ADU has guest house and an operational garage. Seller is convinced that 990 sqft guest house in the ADU was built ...
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How to remove strong musty odor from garage?

I have moved into a rental house and the garage has a musty odor of which I cannot tolerate to breathe so I cannot even park my car in the garage. After I put in a HEPA filter and let it run for 2 ...
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Leveling settled concrete pad

I am looking to convert an old garage into a workspace. The total concrete area is about 20ftx22ft, and has one seam down the center. The pad on the north side of the seam is level. The pad on the ...
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how to repair garage concrete threshold

I have a really badly cracked concrete floor at the garage's threshold, looks like the previous owner just slapped concrete on threshold, and it has broken in pieces. What is the right way to fix it? ...
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Repair garage floor fiber board

The very end of the fiber board strip, which you can't see behind the trim, has worn down--there's a hole in it--and water from rain gets into the garage there. Everywhere else, the strip is fine so ...
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Garage door trolley no longer attached

The trolley on our garage door is no longer attached to the garage door opener track (with the operator) and the arm is hanging loose. I wasn't there when the trolley fell off the track, but was told ...
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stanley garage door opener model 2200 will not run

my mid 1980,s stanley garage opener problem started when the 2 motor mounting bolts came out and the motor hung from gearbox when door opened - door completely opened but would not close - i replaced ...
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Can I replace 15 amp spiral CFL lights in garage with fluorescent lights?

1978 house. Garage has two crappy spiral CFL ceiling lights on 15amp ciruit, horrible lighting in cool spectrum. Can I replace them with big fluorescent or led shop lights? I need to better lighting ...
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Flashing EPDM roofing up a short arched vertical portion?

I have an old concrete garage roof that is leaking. I plan to attach a layer of pressure treated wood then glue an EPDM sheet to the surface. I understand how to install a drip edge on the sides ...
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How can I fix my leaning garage wall

The gable wall in my garage is leaning. The sill plate seems to have slipped off the foundation. The sill plate is broken and the lower end of a stud is missing around where it's broken. The ...
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New Garage floor paint

I am having a home built. I would like to paint the garage floor with Behr Granite Grip. Since it is a new home can I just sand and paint it? Thank you.
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I think there might be a wasp's nest in my garage or in its walls, how can I tell?

I think there might be a wasp's nest in my family's garage or in its walls. However, I don't know for sure. Here are the facts; For the past three days in a row (and a few others over the past two ...
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What do I need to do to repair the plaster ceiling of my garage (on metal lath)?

Recently, I had some contractors come in and replace my garage lintel. Afterwards, I found that they'd had to break some of the white material that makes up the ceiling of the garage. It looks to me ...
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Garage exposed NM wiring - protection?

I have built a steel garage kit. All my horizontal NM runs are 9 1/2 feet high, fully secured (with closer spacing than code requires), and where needed I added pieces of steel studs to provide ...
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Best method to cool a garage?

Trying to figure out the best way to cool an attached garage. The garage door is insulated and has weather stripping on the outside. There are no windows and the exterior is brick. We live in a humid ...
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Can an outlet on a three-way circuit be made live full-time?

I'm in the process of fixing up my 30+ year old garage. The current set up for power in the garage begins with a 12-3 cable running from a 3 way switch in the house, under ground through conduit, into ...
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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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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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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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Is this an acceptable way to route wires around trusses?

I am building a detached garage with a double 2x4 top plate and engineered trusses, 24" OC. At some future date I will insulate and drywall the walls and ceiling, but for now I want to get it ...
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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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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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Can an old-cement garage floor be painted in sections?

This question is related to our other question about relocation of our hot water heater. The current plan is to put the new water heater in the garage on the cement floor, so our concern is how to ...
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What are the options for mitigating problems with an asphalt garage floor

The house I purchased has a small detached garage that I use as a workshop and a place to store bikes. It is attached to a relatively long straight asphalt driveway. My question has to do with ...
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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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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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What are my options for running cable from surface-mount sub-panel in garage?

I'm building a new garage, mostly on my own. I hired an electrician to run cable and install a sub-panel, which was completed yesterday. Today it passed inspection. Next step is running cable for ...
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Behr 1 part epoxy paint vs 2 part epoxy for cement floor

Garage floor gets wet in winter. I think 2-part epoxy would make the floor slippery. Would Behr 1 part epoxy paint be better?
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Who should repair this water damage?

My garage has some water damage, which needs addressing (see photos below). I have a good attitude but no experience with this sort of repair. Does it make sense to try to do this myself? And if not, ...
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Is this an acceptable way to fix garage roof condensation?

I'm in the UK. My garage has a corrugated metal roof with no insulation. In the winter, when it rains the underside of the roof drips. Not massively, but just enough to be annoying. The roof ...
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Wiring for Outdoor Garage Lights

I installed two outdoor garage lights using 14/2 MC Armorlite Cable. The lights are only 8.8 watts and have day/night sensors. I connected the wiring to a garage door opener dedicated 20 amp circuit ...
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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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Self levelling compond on an oily floor?

I've just moved in to a new house and I want to level the floor in the garage but it's covered in oil. A quick Google throws up a blog post and product by Polycote but nothing else specifically ...
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I have two remotes, one stopped working

I have an Allister Access 200 garage door opener with two Allstar 318 remotes. One remote works just fine. The second one stopped working all together I replaced the batteries in the one that stopped ...
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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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