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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 protect furniture in a leaky garage?

I have some furniture (nothing very valuable, but some tables and bookcases) that I am temporarily going to have to store in a garage that is a bit leaky. It's not very leaky, and there is some ...
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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 ...
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How to repair garage slab after plumbing brought in

The corner of the slab in my garage was removed to bring in plumbing. It's been backfilled with ~3 feet of dirt (slab was 2ft thick). What is the best way to repair this? I'm thinking I'll dig out ...
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Weird LED light bulb issue

I'm looking for a good answer for an issue I'm having with some new LED light bulbs I got today. When I plug both 17w (150w equivelent) bulbs into the sockets in my garage they don't turn on at all. ...
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Garage door opener won't open/close or start light when called for

I have about a 12-13 year old Overhead Door opener. I was a dummy and left it open over night in the Arctic cold and snow we've been having. Now the contact closure for the motor won't engage the ...
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Freeze prevention in garage

My garage is below a heated room, and there are heating pipes running through the garage to heat that room. In the recent incredibly cold spell in New England, one of those pipes froze and burst. I ...
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I want to put a 4’X8’ platform in my garage to hoist stuff up

I’d like to frame up a 4’X8’ hole in the ceiling of my garage. Rafters above are 2x6 on 24” centers. So I’d have to cut through 4 of them to do it. Obviously I would have to make a really sturdy ...
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Clean and lubricate garage door rails

I have a garage door with a rubber belt drive. I would like to know the correct way to clean and lubricate the rails as it is screeching a bit when opening and closing. Can I wash out the rails with ...
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EMT or PVC Conduit For Exterior Above Ground Electrical Run

I'm installing a garage on the side of my house furthest from the electrical box. I don't want to trench the entire distance (60 ft), so I am planning on running conduit along the exterior of my home ...
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What Size Conduit for 4AWG

I'm running a 60 amp circuit to provide power to my garage. It is about 70 ft in length, so I think I need to go with 4AWG to counter any resistance loss. I'll be pulling 4 wires (R,B,W,G) thru ...
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How can I keep my paint from freezing in an unheated garage?

This is the first winter I've had cans of paint in my garage. Many paint labels advise that paint shouldn't be allowed to freeze. There are three five-gallon buckets on the floor and around ten one-...
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Why is a corner of our garage floor slab all uneven?

Our house was built ~1985, and it has quite a few oddities. One of them is an irregularly shaped corner of our garage. Our garage is ~32' (9.75m) x 32' (9.75m), and a significant section (not square ~...
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How to insulate around heater exhaust vent pipe?

In the winter I noticed that my garage (and the den next to it) get really cold by the morning. As in very close to the outside temp cold. I didn't know where to borrow tools to detect where the leak ...
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Painting breeze block

I'm planning on painting the breeze block wall in my garage. Do I need to use a specific paint type or am I ok to just use left over matte? Also, is it safe to paint the floor?
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How to protect new car from garage scuffs

The entrance to my garage faces the side of my house and my driveway is narrow. So when I pull in I have to turn 90 degrees. With my old Jeep I have brushed the front outside corner bumper against ...
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wet spots on inside of garage wall

I have a simple cinder block garage. It is exposed on one side and adjacent to a neighbor's garage (6" gap) on the other. The side adjacent to my neighbor shows some water spots on the inside of the ...
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Securing rubber mats to garage floor

I'm renting a house in which I have some gym equipment in the garage. I'm anticipating buying some 3'x4'x3/4" rubber stall mats to protect the floor and deaden noise from dropped weights. I would be ...
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How to extend existing circuit 5 ft

I would like to use my garage lighting circuit for my garage door opener but I need to extend it 5 feet. The lighting circuit is 14/2 wire but I have 12/2 wire. Should I buy a 6 foot piece of 14/2 ...
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Painting aluminum garage door

I need to repaint my aluminum garage door but want to use the right paint / process to do it. Will an oil based paint like rustoleum work? Is there a special primer that I need to get this done the ...
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What is the paper in my garage?

I am insulating my detached garage. I was wondering what the purpose of the paper attached to the shiplap sheathing is. It has lots of areas that are ripped. I am not sure if I should rip it out or ...
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How do I connect a Class B vent to this heater

When I moved in a two years ago this heater wasn't working. Turns out the tree roots crushed the gas line. When I did my patio I had a new gas line put in. The heater fires up and runs good. The prior ...
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How do I seal off my garage?

We run a dehumidifier full time in our garage. In the summer we empty it once a day. A couple weeks ago I thought there has to be a reason we need to dehumidify. I found out that our garage has an ...
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Is a 100A breaker adequate for a garage subpanel?

I am a DIYer and want to do this project on my own. I do have a licensed electrician that I can fall back on, and will use at the end of the project to check it, but I'd really like to do this. I've ...
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Do I need to upgrade electrical service

I am building a 24'X30' garage that will have a guest space above. The service to the main building is 200Amp. The garage will include small appliances heat and a/c. There will be an efficiency washer ...