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Can you glue vinyl cove base directly to drywall?

I'm installing this vinyl cove base in my garage. Garage walls currently do not have any kind of baseboards just drywall to the concrete. Can I glue the cove base direct to the drywall or should I ...
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How should I run cables through interior wall to garage?

Please excuse me if this has been asked before, I searched previous questions but didn't find anything similar... I have my computer in our garage because of less noise, heat, dust, etc... also it's ...
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Will repointing solve water leakage issue?

I have a detached garage that is getting water leakage through the back wall. There are no leaks coming from the roof, in fact the roof was replaced within the last year. The walls of the garage are ...
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What can I put over drywall on a garage firewall? [closed]

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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Garage remodel: can I leave garage door in and put an insulated wall in front?

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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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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What is the purpose of this valve in my garage

Can anyone tell me the purpose of this valve in my garage In my previous home it was in the laundry room adjacent to The garage Is it some kind of crossover valve between hot and cold systems?
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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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Does a light circuit in a garage need GFCI protection?

We are in the process of building a new garage. I am putting 4 rows of light on separate light switches, they will be on separate circuits so if a breaker would trip I won't be in the dark. From what ...
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Why are there gaps on the garage door seal of my garage door?

I'm looking into thermally insulating the bottom of my Garage door (I live on Long Island NY, so the winters can get a bit cold), and I noticed that there are gaps in the sides of the garage door ...
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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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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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Gutters above Garage Door on slanted driveway - is it necessary? [closed]

The concrete driveway attached to my garage which is attached to my home is on a slant. The water runs away from the home to the alley. I'm getting gutters installed for the first time. Do I need to ...
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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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Lost garage remote control

I lost the only remote control I had for my garage box. Normally I should be able to open the garage with a key and a cylinder lock. But when I bought this apartment (with this garage box), the ...
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Can I add a garage outlet from existing interior circuit?

I would like to add a receptacle to my garage. Currently, all receptacles and lights in the garage are on a single 20A circuit that is solely dedicated to the garage. For my new receptacle, I'd like ...
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Can I remove excess damp proof membrane under garage concrete floor?

I recently moved into a house with a garage at the bottom of the garden which has a damp proof membrane (DPM) that protrudes out at the base of every wall by approx 4 to 5 inches. Can I safely trim ...
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garage threshold concrete

What is the strip that runs between the garage and the driveway called? Also what does it do? Is it a thermal break or is it there too prevent the concreate from cracking? What is the material? How ...
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Garage door won't close in cold weather

My garage door works perfectly when it's above 45 degrees. As it gets colder I have to hold the wall mounted master garage door opener/closer in to have the garage door close. It opens fine. I've ...
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Garage door sticking: WD-40 temporary solution but still sticks: need to change hinges or what?

We live in a rental house built 1982 but need to fix some things around the place without involving the landlord ... the garage door has started sticking. I got it to close using WD-40, but it's still ...
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2 unknown pipes in garage, one dripping/leaking

These pipes are about 4' tall. The one on the left is dripping water, it appears to have a valve to turn it off....Can anyone tell me what these are for and if I should turn the valve off?
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Ok for garage door chain to sag on one side when door is closed?

I noticed today that the chain on my garage door seems to droop a bit on one side when the door is closed. I feel like I would have noticed if it was always like this (new unit, about 1.5 years old). ...
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Garage catch basin and basement washroom drain pipe connection

I am trying to get a good understanding of the plumbing setup I have in the garage (see attached picture). This catch-basin is located in the middle of the garage. There is a basement washroom on 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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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 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 do I mitigate moisture problems when putting up drywall over stucco with torn tar paper?

I'd like to finish my 56-year old garage with drywall but I have concerns about moisture. The wall construction looks like stucco over tar paper with metal wire support, then the frame. My main ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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How can I use a 15A momentary switch (switches) to replace my multi-button wall-mount garage door opener?

My wall-mount garage door opener was pretty beat up when I moved in and has only gotten worse to the point the open/close button is cracked and is difficult to operate for my kids. I would like to ...
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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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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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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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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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