Questions tagged [garage]

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Can I remove these braces safely while boarding my garage?

Hi everyone It might be very stupid an amateur question. My apologies in advance. I’m boarding my garage to create some space for storage. There are some perpendicular bracing which are attached to ...
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Can I install a switch on my overhead door opener's circuit for added security?

Garage doors in our neighborhood are being opened by a master code. Can an electrician wire the light switch to shut off power to the garage, so the door doesn't open at night or when we are away? I ...
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Should I drywall and/or insulate my garage wall?

I'm in the process of a few projects in the garage, including raising the ceiling and insulating with spray foam. This has left me with a fair amount of leftover fiberglass batts. There is a room ...
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Detached Garage additional wiring

Hi I have a 1950s house in Indiana that has the original wiring to a detached garage. The garage is about 25-30 feet from the main panel. It currently only has a switch for the light. I am planning ...
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If I can smell my trash in my garage from the room above it, should I be concerned about other vapors?

We just bought a new construction home. We have some trash in our garage bin that does have a potent smell, but I assumed it'd stay confined to the garage. This evening while putting my daughters to ...
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Installing An Outlet In Garage - Unexpected wires?

So, this may be an easy question, but I've only ever replaced existing outlets before and I want to make sure I know what I'm doing before I do anything. Here's the situation: This is where I want ...
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How can I open my garage door from the outside with a dead opener?

This morning I found myself locked out of my garage. My interior wall opener isn't working and neither is the remote. The light on the interior pad is out, suggesting a loss of power. Unfortunately, ...
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Trenching and running power to detached garage about 135 feet away

Location: Wisconsin I am having the electric company transition my wiring from overhead to underground, upgrade my service (it might only be 60amp right now) to 200amp, having another company replace ...
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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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Is 16x20 feet big enough for a 2 car garage?

I have an existing structure that is currently a single car that i'd like to convert to a two car garage; it measures 16x20 feet. The two garage doors would be mounted on the longest side (20 feet). ...
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Should I install a vapor barrier on the bottom of my garage ceiling?

I have a house that has a garage below the main floor. The house is built into a hill, and so the entry way, the basement, and the garage are all on the same level, and the entry way has a stair case ...
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Do-It garage door opener will not close without holding down the button

My garage door opens fine with the remote or the button. Will only close by holding the button down. I have unhooked the sensors and have disconnected the door from the opener and have the same ...
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What's the best strategy to reduce moisture in this garage?

First of all, I know this garage will never be dry. It's a standalone, one car garage built into the side of the hill that my house sits on. It abuts the neighbor's yard, and they have landscaping and ...
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Garage door opener slips

My garage door opener is not working correctly. It will open the door halfway then die, and the door will fall closed. Sometimes it works correctly. It is like the motor does not hold the door open, ...
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How to shave down or flatten - surface concrete of garage - rain water leaking in under door

I have a garage floor - the floor in the garage has sunken leaving the area at the exterior foundation wall - Entrance - to sit up higher like a nice ramp which makes a perfect Rain Water collection ...
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Add an electric outlet by tapping through wall into garage?

I'm mounting a TV on the family room wall. On the other side of this wall is the garage, which is unfinished (and therefor easier to work on). There are no convenient outlets, so I'm considering ...
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Where does my garage drain go and how can I unclog it?

I have a drain in my garage floor. I've never worried about it too much, but with some heavy rains recently I discovered it doesn't work. It appears to be clogged with lots of dirt, pebbles, and ...
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Using Attic/Loft Space Above Garage for Storage - Adding a Subfloor

I have a 2-car garage that is not cooled or heated. Above the garage is an attic/loft space. The attic has beams (they are large beams, not 2-by-4s) that are spaced 16 inches apart. The beams have ...
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What is the best plastic to make a see through 'whiteboard' with?

Over the past few months I've slowly been converting my garage into a DIY/project/man zone by adding lighting, work benches, storage and tools. Next I'd like to mount a piece of transparent plastic ...
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Network Garage Door opener/ how does the switch work

I'm trying to connect a relay/switch to a Garage door(Lift Master). I know that there are two wires to trigger the garage door. I'm not sure how it works exactly. I'm trying to control the garage ...
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NEC 14 wiring a remote / unfinished / garage with 120/240 circuits

I have read the answers related to "how-to install code compliant" questions for wiring a remote/unfinished garage. The answers all are based upon earlier dated NEC code books. Has anything ...
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What is the best insulation keep a garage with a metal roof cool?

I have a wooden garage with a metal roof. I want to make it as cool as possible on the inside. I will have the windows and door open most of the time. I don't really want to use fiberglass bats. I've ...
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Is there a proper way to vent a garage into an attic?

So, I'm looking to install a set of vents in my garage door for the summer months. I insulated it last winter without realizing how hit it would get with two hot cars in it! Not to mention it really ...
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How much clearance do we need for side-loading garage

When we build our house we will have a 16' clearance between our property-line and the garage. Is this enough distance for turning into a side-loading garage without making it too tight to pull in and ...
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Garage door won't close completely

After losing power and operating the door manually and causing the cable to come off the drum, the door now will not close completely. the cable is not crossed. there are no wedged rollers. ...
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How to prepare concrete for epoxy floor coating when it's been repaired with a epoxy hole repair?

After taking our garage down to the studs to remediate black mold, and replace drastic termite damage, we intended to just scuff up the former owners concrete paint (I think now it was probably latex ...
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Damaged my garage - how should I repair?

I did a stupid thing today, and clipped the side of my garage with my car pulling in from work. The house is only a month old, which compounds my frustration. Anyway, it looks like the vinyl trim ...
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Which way should a door between the garage and basement swing?

Looked everywhere for proper answer. We have a 2 car garage attached to the basement. This house is old, built in 1968, we purchased this 2 years ago and were renovating here/there. We just ...
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Insulation board for my unfinish garage ceiling

I live in central Florida. My single garage is concrete block, with unfinished ceiling, just rafters and a ridge vent with new shingles on the roof. Is there an inexpensive insulating sheet that I ...
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Repair garage floor

How do I repair the cement edge to the entrance to my garage.
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Can fiber-optic data cable be run overhead to a garage?

I want to run internet from my main house to garage located few meters away. I plan to use fiber instead of cat5 to avoid reported problems of blowing out network switches. I could have made a trench ...
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Fix Garage Door Bracket

My garage door bracket is starting to pull out from the top panel of the door. Some friends of mine have pointed me to a opener reinforcement like the one linked below but others have suggested ...
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Is this a load bearing wall to put a storage door in?

I am wanting to put a dog room under the stairs but am unsure if this is a load bearing wall.
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Replacing a Novoferm garage door lock

We've lost the key to our Novoferm garage door lock and as the company that installed it quoted over a hundred pounds to fit a replacement I thought I would get the lock and fit it myself. I took the ...
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Broken Garage Door Hinges

I noticed that the top section of my Chamberlain garage door was out of alignment and was set back approximately an inch from where I would expect it to be. I took a look on the inside and noticed ...
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installation of portable ac unit in garage with a gas water heater

The propane gas water heater vents the combustion exhaust vi a flute. The portable ac vents the hot air. If i only run the portable ac unit occasionally do I risk carbon monoxide poisoning from the ...
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Why did my garage door opener fail weeks after being fixed?

My home that I've lived in for three years was built in 1982. Up until recently, I had enjoyed trouble-free operation of the garage door opener that was installed in the house when I moved in. ...
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Adjusting Craftsman Garage Door Motor Height Travel

Just bought a new garage door opener and it opens about 6 inches short than what I want it to. I read about adjusting the travel screws, but this model has no travel screws on it. The model number is ...
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What is this electrical cord for?

I found this odd cable while cleaning out the garage of a house I recently bought. It's plugged in to a live outlet but doesn't appear to connect anywhere. It also has some wrapped junction in the ...
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What voltage/amperage garage circuits should I install for welding tools and an air compressor?

As a part of renovating my garage this fall, much of the wiring is being re-done. Since doing the work before putting up walls will be much easier now than adding circuits in the future, I'd like to ...
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Without Access to the Garage Interior, How Can I Replace the Handle/Lock?

I have an external garage, with a manual overhead door (no powered opener). There is no side access door. After the recent winter, I tried opening the garage again, and the handle will not turn. I ...
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Why is this transformer in my garage?

I am moving into a house, and the previous owner doesn't know the answer. Up high in the corner of the garage, the drywall was cut out to install a small transformer. The input comes from a garage ...
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Repair garage door chain

My Genie garage door chain is broken. (There is a related issue at issue). See the images. Also What I want is to connect two sections together via a rivet. But I don't know if the theory right?
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How to properly ground a subpanel in detached building?

I Will be installing a subpanel in a detached garage. The subpanel will be 60 amp. The garage is about 30' from the main-panel in-house, and I will of course get an exact length before selecting the ...
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Vinyl Flooring Over Uneven Concrete Slabs

Our attached garage was added many years after my house's 1959 construction by basically walling in a pre-existing carport. The floor, therefore, is made out of several concrete slabs and part of what ...
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Where can I find or make a remote wireless light switch?

I have a light switch in my garage that controls lights in front of my home. The switch is located in a corner of the garage where a large shelf has been stored. It is very difficult to the switch. I'...
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garage flooding [closed]

My house is on a steep hill. When it rains the garage floods. I have a concrete floor that is on a slope so need some way to divert the water that floods from the back of the garage down to the front.
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What are the names for a light-duty hoist/pulley system components?

I'm planning to create a storage rack for tires in my garage, similar to this one: Only that my garage has high ceilings, and I want to hang it way higher. It's not safe to climb up the ladder with ...
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attach crossbar for ceiling suspended shelves using strong Simpson ties

While constructing a ceiling suspended shelves in garage I was facing problems with attaching crossbar to ceiling joist I just couldn't get lag through 2x4 into middle of joist it was always off and I ...