Questions tagged [garage]

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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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Garage gable fan through truss

I'm looking to install a ventilation fan in my garage. I want to install it in the middle (mainly for looks) rather than having it offset to one side or the other. Am I OK to cut through the middle ...
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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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How do you identify settling cracks versus structural cracks (new build )

In my new build house I've found roof to ground stucco crack on outside and at same location on inside (garage). There's a crack from top through the mortar, then straight through two blocks, then ...
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What's the best way to run a wire from inside my garage to the outside?

I'm installing an underground fence for my dog, which requires putting the receiver inside the garage (plugged into an outlet) and running the insulated fencing wire to the outside where it will be ...
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Can I safely remove stringer in garage?

There are two 2"x12"x8' stringers attached to studs in the garage with 1/2"x2-1/2" lag screws in order to mount a squat rack. Is there any concern that I could compromise the integrity of the garage ...
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Would a bit of grease on overhead door cables or bearings cause the springs to break?

I have a roll-up (2 car-width) garage door. The right top torsion spring broke. I would have fixed it myself, but no time. I called out a repair company, and they guy came out and said that I need to ...
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I locked myself out of garage, how can I get back in?

I locked myself out of the garage (Craftsman/Liftmaster 315). I used the wall control to put the door down, but I had accidentally activated "vacation mode." The remote control will not let me in ...
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Are garage door locks that cannot be opened from the outside available?

I would like to replace my garage lock with a lock face that does not permit opening it from the outside. I don't have a key to it anyway, and right now it's the weakest link of my home security. I'...
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fire door between garage and residential living space!

Can a solid door, under 1 3/4 inch thick, Designed-Equipped with a plexiglass-like panel, ever be accepted as a fire rated door between living space and a residential garage in California? I assume ...
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How do I secure a canvas garage?

I picked up one of those cheap canvas garages from Costco, to keep a few things out of the weather. It's 10' wide, 20' long, and maybe 11' high at the peak. Our area is a bit prone to windstorms. I'm ...
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Garage Door stops and returns to original position

Lately my garage door has been stopping when it gets about 2ft from the closed position and then returns to the original position. Nothing is blocking the sensors and the tracks don't seem to have ...
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Why do my garage door opener remotes need to be reset frequently?

The remote for my garage door opener needs to be reset frequently. I have two different remotes and they both need to be reset frequently so the problem seems to be with the garage door opener. Is ...
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Is Drywall needed on exterior wall of garage on concrete block, 2-story house in Florida

We have a home inspector (selling house) stating they want us to put up drywall on an exterior wall in the garage. I know it's code for ceilings and the abutting walls to the interior, but do exterior ...
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Water coming through detached garage concrete floor

We have a detached 1954 garage on a concrete slab. The slab is cracked in many places and we get water in it during a heavy rain. Or, during this rainy spring, there's almost always water in it. As it ...
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How should I hang racks from the garage ceiling with trusses?

During installation of the 4' x 8' SafeRacks, I discovered that the ceiling joists in my garage are 2x4 trusses, instead of solid joists. Unfortunately, the product comes with 3" lag bolts, and after ...
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Temporarily moving 2 walls off of a slab

The very quick backstory is that in order to remain grandfathered to retain my current setbacks (i.e., too close to property line and alley), I must retain those 2 original walls of my garage. I ...
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Garage roller shutter door opening by itself

It has a remote control switch and brand is Centurion Australia. I closed but it opens by itself after few hours. I recently tried to add a duplicate remote key but that was incompatible and so the ...
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Can these wall braces be removed?

My detached garage was rebuilt in 2015, and 2 of the walls have metal braces with kerfs cut into the studs. The walls are sheathed with tongue and groove. The wall in the picture is 2x4’s 24” on ...
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What is this thing's purpose?

So for part 3 in the continuing saga of weird stuff in my house, the garage. In particular, this odd looking thing attached to the wall: I thought it might be a shelf, but all of the supports are on ...
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Adding insulation to attached garage

I have an attached garage I use as a workshop, and I'd like to insulate it since I plan on running water and sewer lines into the garage for a utility sink*. Right now, the garage is just studs and ...
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60amp panel install in an attached garage, do I have my ducks in a row?

I have been considering putting a sub-panel out in my attached garage, wanted to know if I have all my ducks in a row before starting the process and pulling a permit. Items to be powered - Table ...
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How do I open my garage door without a remote from outside?

1993 Craftsman garage door opener; my wife must have put something up against the garage door keypad and inadvertently triggered the vacation mode button - now we're locked out. The remote control is ...
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2 Layers of 5/8" Drywall in Garage Side

DO I need to provide 2 layers of 5/8" type x gyp board on garage side? Plan checker is telling me I need to specify 2 layers.
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Adding a switch and receptacle

I have a pull chain light in my shed. Power comes in to the light. I want to add a switch to the light so I don't have to use the pull chain. Is it possible to run electricity down to a 2 gang box and ...
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Height of garage with planning or without planning

Currently replacing a garage and seeking clarification on the maximum eaves height of 2.5m without planning. As it stand my eaves will be 2.65m at front elevation (rear is higher as the land slopes ...
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Replacing Door Sweep in Track from House to Garage?

There is an anomalous door sweep/pad (I'm not really sure what it is honestly) in the door track leading from our house to the garage. (I would call it the garage door, but this might lead to ...
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Best way to flash an EPDM rubber roof on a concrete roof deck?

I'm planning to install an EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) rubber roof on my 1922-built, poured concrete garage. The concrete deck leaks heavily during rainstorms, and it looks like installing ...
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How do I stop my garage door from opening on its own?

My garage door has opened twice in the last 2 weeks during the night. Is someone driving by and opening it "accidentally"? How do I keep this from happening?
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Attaching gymastic rings / pull-up bar to the ceiling

I am moving into a house, and planning to install some gym equipment in a garage. In particular, I want to add a pull up bar, made out of galvanized steel 1" pipes, and hang the gymnastic rings. The ...
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How do I extend a 2x4 by connecting another one end to end?

My hardware store only sells 8' cuts of 2x4s. How do I extend length horizontally with another 2x4 and support the joining best? Is there a joint or strong tie for this? I have three support legs ...
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Attached garage wall with house - cabinets to the interior?

We have an attached garage. The entrance to the garage is in an interior hallway. I'd like to break the wall a bit & install interior upper cabinets and countertops on the inside of the hallway. ...
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GFCI outlet consistently trips in garage

Half of my garage does not work due to the GFCI constantly tripping. Could this be due to cement moving due to freezing weather? The cold weather has moved the ground about 2 inches and I believe the ...
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How to install a safety barrier-post in garage, between house and vehicle

On the other side of the wall, in front of where my vehicle is parked, is my bedroom. Would like to install something similar to what you would see at store fronts that have parking spaces near the ...
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Lag bolts vs wood screws for reinforcing garage door header

I am about to install the garage door header bracket and I have almost everything figured out. There is a ~1 inch gap between the ceiling and joist I'm screwing into but I need every millimeter I can ...
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How do I frame walls on an uneven concrete slab?

I'd like to convert (and finish) the back section of my 2-car tandem garage into a separate utility room. This would involve 4 walls and a floor. 2 of the walls would be attached to concrete walls, ...
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How do I compensate for the sun confusing my garage door opener's sensors?

Only during summer and only when the sun is close to the horizon the light from the sun confuses my garage door opener and in order to close the door I have to hold down the wired button which is a ...
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How to level this area of my garage?

I have an area of my garage that is lower and sloping towards the house. When the car is wet or covered in snow, it melts and runs down into this area in front of the stairs and makes a mess. Ripping ...
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loosening bolt on the steel support strut that's secured to the ceiling of the garage

I was working on my garage door the other day and I noticed that the steel supporting strut (or more appropriate name for this? See the picture) tilted due to a loosening bolt, the ceiling cracked ...
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Room above garage smells

I live in Ottawa in 15 year old house. The room above garage smells like wet wool or rubber. I removed the carpet and a foam padding to examine. The padding and plywood smell as described above (...
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What is this thing for?

I've been shopping for houses and found this gadget in the garage. It's up near the ceiling and I don't know what it is for. There's nothing nearby that would give any hints. My image is ...
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How close can garage overhead storage be to fire sprinklers?

I've recently been looking at getting overhead storage racks for my garage which has several standard pendant sprinklers. The racks I am looking at are 4' x 8' and have rigid brackets, vertical posts,...
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How can I stop mice from chewing garage door bottom weather strip?

I noticed that there was a 1" gap between the edge of either side of the bottom rubber weather strip on the garage door and the door frame. Now I see that it is 3-4", and likely being chewed by mice....
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Code for elevating water heater in garages?

A gas/propane water heater in a garage is elevated. This is to ensure the open flame (at the bottom) is above a certain height (?) to avoid any combustible fuels in the garage from igniting. This all ...
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Cutting a window to see your garage from within the house [closed]

I found this design concept that someone did of their house. They had cut a panel out of their house that allows them to see their garage which is a cool idea. Are there any projects out there that ...
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What could be eating or removing the insulation in my garage door?

We have noticed that there are piles of the tiny particles of the insulation from one of our garage doors on each side of our door. At first we swept it up and didn't think anything of it. The next ...
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How can I support a room expansion that will extend above a garage slab? [closed]

I have a mud room that I'd like to make larger. By doing so I have to extend the floor out into the garage. Currently, there is a landing in the garage that is about 3 feet off the ground leading into ...
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Can I program a garage key without rendering other programmed keys useless?

At my previous residence, I used to press a program/reset button on the garage motor to program a new remote. But that used to also make any other remotes paired to it useless as those remotes would ...
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What conductor and burial depth are appropriate for my garage subpanel circuit?

We are building a 2-story detached garage. The upstairs will be my wife's studio. She is a painter and quilter. The lower level will be a standard garage for tools, etc. I do not plan to weld but who ...
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Top center of garage door bumping opener rail as it closes. Does anyone know the fix for this?

After 10 years of normal operation, my garage door started bumping the center opener rail just as the last edge of the door passes the very front the rail before it closes. This causes it to pop back ...