Questions tagged [garage]

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Is NM (Romex) wiring ok for a shop wired in 2006?

The shop building on a property I want to buy was built in 2005 but not wired until 2006. The building is metal with a wood framed interior office and bathroom. It appears to be wired with Romex and ...
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Can hanging a 70 lbs punching bag from my garage ceiling cause damage?

Took a look in the attic above the garage to find somewhere to hang my 70 lbs punching bag. After seeing what was up there, I wasn't sure it was a good idea anymore so I was hoping to get some ...
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Should I close the gable vent on my garage in the winter?

My garage has a vent grill similar to this one. The vent is near the roof on the outside wall where I have my garage doors. I do have 1/2 of the walls insulated and I was planning to start finishing ...
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What are the requirements for wiring an unfinished garage with lights and outlets?

I found this DIY article online which suggests that running Romex along the center faces of studs and rafters was code compliant for unfinished garages. How to Wire a Garage The article is dated ...
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How do I put a brick wall where an exterior window is?

I have a detached garage with fairly large sliding windows (previous owner installed these) with a brick exterior. I want to remove the windows and close up the wall with bricks. What do I need to ...
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What are my options to level a concrete driveway?

I have quite an old house that was built in the 40s. During the heavy rain and winter seasons, I typically get large puddles of water in-front of my garage that seeps slowly through the weather strip. ...
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Garage door not operating correctly

My garage door opener is a Linear. It opens fine with either the hard wired button or remote. It will not close at all with remote. It will not close with the hard wired button unless you hold your ...
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Reroute water around garage

I am having some issues during spring / rainfall. Because one corner of my garage is low, all the water pools, which then comes into the garage. I find myself constantly trying to broom the water away....
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How to dust proof and waterproof garage concrete screed?

I want to treat my single garage floor (15sqm) which is apparently made of soft concrete screed. It looks as being in good shape with no cracks and no signs of water coming but I just want to be sure ...
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Genie SilentMax 1000 will not move up or down

I have been having problems with my Genie SilentMax 1000 garage door opener. With the door disengaged from the opener the shuttle moves back and forth about 4" and stops. It has been doing this ...
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How can I safely reinforce my garage trusses to support ceiling drywall and insulation?

Recently bought a home that came with a double detached garage. The garage is older, perhaps from the 70s? It uses what looks like an early adoption of a truss framed roof. The trusses look like they ...
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Help: Wiring 220V in garage to NEMA 10-30r because MIG welder and air compressor have 10-30p

I've reviewed many articles on this website as they've been referred by my Google searches. But most have been about dryers. I have an older air compressor (240V, 60Hz, 15A, 5hp) and a MIG welder (...
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How does a garage door wall button differentiate between a door open button, and a light button?

How does the wall button know, if there’s only two wires (+ and -), what’s a door open button press, and a light on press? Is it a voltage transmission difference?
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Is it going to be worth replacing bat insulation with rigid foam between bedroom and garage?

I have the classic problem of two bedrooms above a garage that are too hot in the summer. In the winter it can be cooler upstairs than the rest of the house but not as much as a temperature difference ...
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How to put drywall over garage uneven concrete wall?

I would like to make my garage wall a bit "smoother". And now I think about using drywall to cover the bare concrete. However the concrete is very uneven with at least 1 inch of concrete sticking out ...
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What's involved in moving a hot water tank to the garage

After a recent electric hot water tank leak on the second floor - I've decided to relocate the tank to the garage. On the other side of the block wall in the garage - I have the laundry room - so we ...
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Is it possible to use my window A/C unit without actually installing it in the wall?

So, here's the dilemma. I want to install a window unit in my garage. I know how to do this, but my wife isn't supportive of the idea because we are trying to sell the house currently. Anyways, ...
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Repair old garage workbench

I have this old garage workbench that seems very sturdy The wood is OK, I could replace the door. But the surface's corner has cracking like this: This is done from previous owner. I would like to ...
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Feedback on ideas for stopping water from coming under garage door

I have two garage doors that both occasionally experience water coming in. This happens on rainy days, but only when the wind is against the door. The grade is OK, except there is an inch or less of ...
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How can I replace the siding on my garage when its on the property line, and 12" adjacent to another structure?

My garage is right on the property line, and my so is my neighbors. Its not a shared wall, but the two are about a 1 foot (maybe 1.5 feet) apart. Its not enough room for me to squeeze back there. ...
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Advice on wiring garage coach lights

I'm planning on replacing the garage coach lights at my house. We have a junction box on the inside of the garage, directly behind where the fixture is mounted however it's behind the plywood / cedar ...
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Garage gable fan proper installation

I want to add a gable fan in my garage to help cool it and help to let out the humidity in the winter. My garage doesn't have a high peak, so there is about 24" of height at the peak on the gable and ...
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Can I use 20 feet 2x4 studs to add a ceiling in the garage?

I have a garage that is 22 feet by 18 feet. It does not have a ceiling but it has a roof and everything. One side is the wall that it shared with the house. And the other side is the outside wall. I ...
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How should I treat my garage wall?

I want to turn my garage into a bit of a woodworking shop (I am an amateur at best) so I want to put things on the wall such as tools and other things that must be stored there. My garage has very ...
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How to vent garage in summer?

Our garage faces nearly directly west, meaning it gets full afternoon sun. It also has no attic above it - meaning it has a fair bit of roof. There is batt insulation along the roof but the garage ...
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Heating Bare Steel Bars

I have hollow bare steel pull-up bars in my garage home gym that are virtually unusable without gloves when the temperatures drop below freezing. I would like to heat the bars in a safe way. ...
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How to attach a “lean to” shed to a garage? [closed]

I recently purchased the plans for this 10'x6' Lean To Shed. It is designed to be free-standing, but I'd like to attach this to the back of my garage, which is more than large enough to accommodate. ...
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How can I get windshield wiper fluid stains out of my garage floor?

My car's windshield wiper fluid reservoir had a leak and quite a bit of it soaked into my garage floor (which is a light concrete). It happened over night, so it soaked quite a bit. Now the floor is ...
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Do I need to insulate the joists in the floor of a converted garage?

I live in New England, and am having my current garage renovated into more heated living space. There is a floor with 2x8 joists being built about 2 feet above the garage slab, and flush with the ...
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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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Could the black and white wires in a three-wire cable both be used as hots?

In my detached garage, there is a ??/3 cable (haven't measured to know the gauge, though I'm thinking it's 10..) coming into a fuse box with two circuits. The strange thing is, the third conductor is ...
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garage breaker keeps tripping

I tried to upload a pic but the it says the size is too large🤨 So my breaker tripped the other day when I plugged in a set of lights. I unplugged them reset the breaker and the switch/plug combo I ...
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Can I use a ground rod as an equipment ground for a detached garage?

I'm in a bit of a dilemma. The house we bought has a detached garage supplied by 12/3 UF with ground. The previous owner/handyman set this up as a multiwire branch circuit (MWBC) with a twist: one ...
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Strengthening ceiling above the garage for additional storage

I need some help. I am trying to figure out the best way to strengthen my garage ceiling to create storage space up above. The problem is the house was built in 1997 with a 2x4 W truss system. The ...
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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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Craftsman garage door opener works intermittently

It's been acting up lately, sometimes it works fine and other times it doesn't work at all. Sometimes it opens and closes only partially? Now it only works when I unplug it and plug it back in, but ...
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How to repair garage interior back wall damage hit lightly by my car

I accidentally ran my car into the interior back wall of my garage three years ago. Now that we are moving out, we would like to get it fixed. Please see the damage area attached. I am not even sure ...
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How thick should a french cleat be?

I want to use a french cleat to hang some basic open cabinets in my garage. I've seen recommendations anywhere from 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches thick, but nobody seems to be talking about weight. Is there a ...
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Biokleen (biodegradable detergent) soaked into drywall

I have a wall that goes into a storage room in the garage. It is drywall with fiberglass insulation. I stored a gallon of Biokleen (Biokleen All Purpose Cleaner Super Concentrated, 128 oz) and it ...
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wiring up new detached garage

K.I.S.S. Keep it simple stupid. Please remember this when responding because I have very little knowledge of home electrical, mechanic by trade. My House has a 200amp service panel House panel runs ...
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Will garage door insulation improve cooling efficiency?

I use half of my two car garage as a garage and the other half as a gym. I am lucky enough that when the house was built they routed AC ducts to the garage but since the thermostat is inside (and I am ...
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Can my garage ceiling handle this much weight?

I am looking to mount a shop light reel and an air hose reel on the ceiling in my garage and am worried that it might be too much weight. Here are the approximate weights: Light reel: 10 lbs Air hose ...
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What is the best tool/method for vine removal?

i recently bought a 108 year old house with an ancient garage that has vines growing up the back of the entire structure. the vines have started getting into the gutters and even inside the garage. ...
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Dealing with water on a bad garage slope

The slab in our garage has settled toward the house, so whenever our cars are slushy the snow drains into the garage, where we walk and have things stored. We've been quoted about $4,000 to replace ...
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How should I insulate my garage roof if I want to use the garage as a workshop?

I have read a lot about proper insulation and ventilation, including some posts on this site, but none adequately answer my questions. My goal is to operate an electric heat source in the winter and ...
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Can mangled concrete floor be fixed?

On our property there is a fairly old garage that hasn't been tended to in some time. The floor is cracked and buckling. What are possible fixes for this? I've attached a photo. If you look ...
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Is there a low temperature thermostat that is simulatneous switching for two electric garage heaters? [closed]

I want to connect two QMark MUH108 10kw electric garage heaters to a single thermostat. According to the spec sheet, this unit uses 24 V control. It was previously asked about a low temp thermostat ...
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How to establish footings for a raised frame

I have a situation where an old wood-framed garage with a concrete slab has been jacked up about 6" to increase the door heights and head room. Currently the studs are just resting on little brick ...
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16x20 electrical wire run for shed

I am building a 16x20 shed for my woodworking projects. It is about 80 ft from house. I am attaching power to existing electrical panel on outside of house. What size wire do I need to run to shed? I ...
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Wayne Dalton Garage

So I recent had a Garage door "professional" come out to my house and look at my garage. I originally thought I was having a motor problem because it would only lift door sporadically. After ...