You may not even put your car in your garage. It may be a great, big storage room. And, it may be dangerous for you and your family. Here are 5 safety hazards you should be aware of – and if they exist in your garage, correct them.
1. Carbon Monoxide Fumes. These can build up quickly and if your garage is attached to your home, they may enter your living space. They don’t just come from the car engine although that is a big source of carbon monoxide. Other sources include any fuel-burning equipment or engine-powered machines. Never leave the car running even if the garage door is open. Be safe – install carbon monoxide detectors close to all sleeping areas. They should be on every level of the home. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless so the CO alarms are the only warning you’ll get. Continue reading
It’s going to get hot! It’s going to get busy. Having your garage ready for summer will make it all easier. Here are 5 tips to get your garage ready for everything summer has to offer – including the heat. Do it now while that garage is still at a comfortable, working temperature.
1. Get Ready for the Season. What does summer mean to you? Is it time for baseball or softball? Is it family bike rides? Is it time to hit the local water park? If there are activities that you and your family do on a regular basis, let your garage help out. A kitchen sized garbage pail is perfect for bats or hockey sticks. A big rubber basket can corral all the soccer balls. Towel hooks make it easy to grab a towel as you head to the car for a day at the water park or the lake. Think about the things you use in the summer – from bikes to that inflatable swan and put them in convenient, easy-to-grab locations. Continue reading
Your old garage door is – old. Or, it just needs some repairs. When do you decide it’s time to buy new, here are 5 things that might help you make your decision.
1. The Springs: The springs on a garage door are under high tension. They should be secured by being enclosed in a metal tube or by a safety cable. If they are not and they break, they become a dangerous flying object that can cause injury or damage. Springs do wear out so if you know your springs are getting old (5 years or older), it may be time to replace either them or the door. Continue reading
Taking care of your garage door is important. It’s big. It’s heavy. If it or one of its components are starting to fail, it can have serious consequences from damaging your car and the things you keep in your garage to causing injuries – even fatal injuries. Here are 5 do-it-yourself monthly checks to help insure your garage door is operating safely.
1. Give the Door a Monthly Once-Over Very Carefully. Shut the garage door and do a comprehensive visual inspection. Look for obvious signs of wear. Check for rust and frayed cables. Check all mounting hardware to make sure it is tight and secure. Are the rails straight and aligned? Open and close the door a couple of times. If something doesn’t sound right or if you see something that doesn’t seem quite right, call for a professional inspection. Remember, the cables and springs of your garage door are under high tension. Repairs should only be done by someone with the right expertise and the right tools.
2. Test the Door’s Balance. Disconnect the door from the automatic system. Open the door manually. It should rise smoothly. When left is a half-open position, it should stay in that position. If it doesn’t, it’s time to call that pro. Continue reading
What do garage door shoppers want this year? Here are 4 trends for both new construction garage doors and replacement garage doors.
1. What Style? If you’re a baby boomer or your home is older than 20 years, you are more likely to pick a classic style. Building a new home? A younger home buyer? You’re looking at contemporary and modern styles. You like the clean straight lines and lean towards darker colors like brown and black. If you live in a rural area or like that style, you may be looking at a carriage house or ranch style garage door. If you haven’t shopped for a garage door in years, you’re going to be surprised at how stylish they’ve become!
2. Energy Efficiency Counts. The world has become more environmentally conscious; so have garage door manufacturers. You may not heat or cool your garage, but when you enter your home from the garage that hot summer air or cold winter air is coming inside with you. Now, you can find garage doors that offer excellent insulation value and efficient weather sealing to keep your garage more comfortable all year long – and to reduce the heat and cold that may be leaking into your home. Continue reading
If you need to store your car for 30 days or more, follow these 6 steps and you’ll return to a car that’s ready hit the road without any problems.
1. Change The Oil And Top Off The Gas Tank. It may sound counterintuitive to you – after all you’re storing it, not going on a road trip. But, experts say it’s what you should do if you’re storing your car for 30 days or more. Changing the oil is even recommended by Ford. Why? Because you don’t want the contaminates found in old oil to damage the engine while the car is just sitting. Ditto for the gas tank. A full tank will keep moisture from collecting in the fuel tank and the seals from drying out. It’s also a good idea to add a fuel stabilizer. Do these two things and you get a bonus – the car is road-ready when you return.
2. Pull It Into The Garage. Sure, you could buy a cover and park it in the shade, but your garage is the ideal place for the car. After all, it was built to protect your car. Clean out some of the accumulated things you’re “storing” in the garage and make room. Now, with a full tank and fresh oil, park it in the garage and keep it safe. Continue reading
Who are you? What are the things that you really love? If the garage is your own special territory, here are 5 ways that you can make the garage all yours.
1. You’re a Tool Guy! You gotta have this. You can find a super-strong magnetized panel – in gleaming steel, of course. It’s strong enough to hold your planes and planners. It shows off your tools while it keeps them in view and handy! Want to have some fun? Paint a bullseye on the panel. When a do-it-yourself project is going wrong, toss a bolt it’s way. Maybe you can at least score in the center circle.
2. You wouldn’t Miss a Game. So, how can you work in your garage if you don’t have a television. We’re talking a guy’s television here. A big, flat screen. One that connects to your wireless so you can stream your games when necessary. There are even televisions that you can control with your voice so you don’t have to put down your tools when you want to change the channel. Continue reading
You want your garage to be safe for your family, your stuff and your car. Here are 5 things you can do to make the garage work for everything and everyone.
1. Think Horizontal. If you’ve got your garden tools hanging on the wall in a vertical position, you know how easy it is to knock them down. Instead of hanging that rake or that shovel and hoping that if the kids knock them over they miss the car, put up three brackets – one for the top of the handle, one for the middle and one for the end. Now, put your tools in horizontally and reduce the risk of falling. Continue reading
Your garage is probably one of the first things someone sees when they visit your home or drive by. An old, worn-out, ugly garage door doesn’t make a good first impression. So, you’re going to do something about it. Before you go garage door shopping, give some thought to what you want. Here are 5 things to consider.
1. Style. Many homes are equipped with a “standard” garage door. It rolls up on tracks and is just a big door – maybe with windows. Garage doors have style! From raised panels on traditional doors to give them a more fashionable look to carriage-style doors that enhance both vintage and territorial style homes, you have choices. Modern designs are amazing. Decide what style is best for the style of your home. If your old garage didn’t have windows, they’re a great addition – just make sure they are frosted so they don’t give a clear view of the interior. Continue reading
The garage door may be the biggest thing at the front of your home. If it looks bad, your house isn’t looking its best. Here are 5 ways to improve the looks of your garage – and the looks of your home.
1. Paint! It’s the simple fix. You find a color that compliments your home. You can match your front door. You can go for a pop of color (be careful with that one – you don’t want to overwhelm your home). You can be low-key with a quiet color. Choose carefully because when you paint your garage door, you are upgrading the curb appeal of your home. Continue reading