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Can I cut the small tab off of these rafters to make drywalling easier

Do not remove those. That small bit of wood prevents horizontal sliding of the roof beams, and therefore roof collapse. Those two screws that attach the horizontal beam can't compensate for that if ...
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Did my installer give me the wrong overhead door springs or is my motor just too weak?

Your installer either does not understand how garage door springs work or he's lying to you because he thinks you're an idiot and will believe any crap he says. The facts are that the springs are NOT ...
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Did my installer give me the wrong overhead door springs or is my motor just too weak?

Automatic door motors are optional. Every garage door is designed to work manually without a motor. You use your hands and a stick to push it up, and a rope to pull it down. The door action should ...
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What are these metal strips on our garage walls for?

Those are hurricane clips or straps. I'd imagine that there are more than these two, and that they're spaced evenly around the walls. That wooden rail at the top of the brick work is called a "...
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Garage door leaks

Garage doors are not made to be watertight. Seeping of water from heavy or wind driven rain is normal. If the seepage you are showing is from water running toward the door, then you need to correct ...
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Why would remotes work reliably on one garage door opener, but unreliable on another?

When 3-4 minutes has passed since activation, the room light on the garage door opener turns off. This suggests that the light is creating RF interference. Remove the light bulb and see if your remote ...
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Crack across front of garage floor

Good news, that is not a crack in your garage floor. It's just a damaged cosmetic connection from garage floor to the pawers. Someone already patched it before. Since those are thin, it will not ...
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Can I bend drywall around a metal post sticking out between two of the studs?

You have asked for the "best approach...". That would be to add furring strips to the studs and across the top and bottom plates. Then the drywall. Yes, it is a bit more work and expense. ...
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Does an electric heater lose efficiency if the elements are rusty/corroded?

A resistive electric heater is very good at doing one thing: turning electricity in to heat. In fact, that's basically all it can do. Corrosion in the heater might: Reduce the total heat output. If ...
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White marks on garage ceiling

The white marks are joint compound (aka "drywall mud") - kind of like plaster. The stripes are where separate sheets of drywall are joined with tape and mud and the little splotches are where screw ...
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Garage door leaks

No garage door is leak-proof. You need a slightly raised threshold outside the door to keep water from entering. If you can't raise the level of the concrete outside the door, you can try adding a ...
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What is this electrical cord for?

That looks like heating tape. You wrap it round water pipes in the garage or somewhere else cold. It provides just enough heat to stop the pipes freezing. I've used this in the past on outside taps....
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How to make garage door easy to manually lift for 5 year old

I have a recollection of being able to open my dad's double-wide garage door at the age of 5-ish, kindergarten, first grade times, to ride my bicycle. So yes it ought to be possible to tension the ...
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How to make garage door easy to manually lift for 5 year old

Your door should be moveable by a small person if it's balanced properly. If the springs are correctly set it'll hold position when halfway open. You could bias toward too loaded so the door opens ...
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Can I connect 12 AWG wire to 10 AWG in a junction box?

You can't do that You cannot come off a 30A breaker with #10 wire (so far so good) and then terminate it at 15-20A receptacles. (nope, nope, nope!) Unfortunately people sometimes become aware of ...
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Would a bit of grease on overhead door cables or bearings cause the springs to break?

TLDR: The spring failed naturally due to old age or manufacturing defect. Not your fault. As an aside, learn to properly grease garage doors. Oh boy. The bull-oney here is thick. Let's start with ...
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What are these metal strips on our garage walls for?

This is a wall plate strap: source It's designed to stop vertical movement of the timber wall plate beam the connects the roof to the wall. The wall plate is mortared to the top of the wall, but ...
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Why isn't my overhead door closing completely?

You need two bolts in the arm brackets to hold them together, not just one. That might be what caused the problem, one bolt fell out. See the picture below, from German garages, to get an idea about ...
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How does ventilation help in a detached garage

You ask how ventilation helps with reducing humidity. Here's how: An enclosed space, such as a garage, holds the air inside it fairly still. At the same time, it's warmed from the outside by the sun ...
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How can I install a garage door on a carport that was not originally designed to have a door?

Thinking out of the box, literally. Instead of a traditional door that flips or rolls into the garage, or a sideways door like you are thinking of (which is a bit unusual, at least for the US), go for ...
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What are these horizontal boards screwed to my garage wall studs?

No reason they have to be there. They were likely added for some sort of shelving or mount. Technically they do add some structural integrity as the framing of a house is quite flimsy without ...
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How can I hang heavy bikes under a thick wooden shelf?

You can store bicycles vertically with the rear wheel resting on the ground: You don't need to lift the bike to hang it The fastener doesn't need to hold the full weight of the bike, only prevent it ...
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How should I refurbish a concrete slab with a rough surface?

This surface isn't a result of poor workmanship. It has been severely degraded, either by overwatering, a faulty mix, or chemical damage. This is why you see so much aggregate (and aggregate pockets). ...
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Why are there nails only half way in, in my garage?

People were using them to secure things or hang things on. They serve no purpose. I would just pull them out since hammering them in probably will not be that easy. You might want to get a small ...
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Are there safety concerns or code violations with my garage sub-panel?

It is bad, more than a few violations here if I understand what is being fed. First violation no clamps /bushings coming into the panel 2 places. Next a 40 amp breaker feeding #12 possibly 14 awg wire ...
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What size breaker box/amps do you think I'll need for my new pole barn gymnasium?

Spaces are cheap. Buy a 30-40+ space 200A panel and don't have the regret later on of not having spent small change on the difference between that and the smallest panel for the number of breakers you ...
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If it is not going to actively heated or cooled, is there any value in insulating a garage?

Oh, yes It's a cornerstone of passive solar design. We spent $2.4M on a large building we intend to never heat. We insulated it to the nines. Here's what that does. Extremes of temperature are ...
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What are the pros and cons on installing a typical garage floodlight kit, inside your garage?

The immediate issue I see is that a floodlight is not great for lighting a room. They cast harsh shadows, create a lot of glare if you look anywhere near their direction, and will leave plenty of ...
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Trying to make a 1 or 2 car garage opening through a shear wall

The back wall provides the bracing that keeps the garage from collapsing sideways like a house of cards. You're taking about removing some of that. You need advice on how to retain the needed strength....
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How can I install a garage door on a carport that was not originally designed to have a door?

You don't tell us what's to the side or in front of the carport opening, but I have two possible suggestions that are, again, "outside the box": Use sliding barn doors. These will mount to ...
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