Garage Door Makeover
Many garage doors are unattractive and new doors can be crazy-expensive. What's a DIYer to do? With an inexpensive hardboard door, cedar boards and tongue-and-groove paneling you can create a custom door that's safe, sound and beautiful. Skeptical? Check out the step-by-step how-to right here.
Longer-Lasting Light for Garage Door Openers
Standard lightbulbs can't take much vibration, so they may not survive long in a garage door opener. The good news is, this LED was developed specifically for use in garage door openers. The bulb's electronics are shielded to prevent receiver interference with the opener's remote and the bulb is built to withstand vibration and low temperatures down to -22 degrees F. Plus, this bulb is rated for damp locations, unlike most LED's. Genie claims the bulb has a 25,000-hour life span, which is equivalent to about 17 years of use!
If you'd like to do more than just replace your garage door opener lightbulb, this collection of DIY troubleshooting and repair tips will help you get started.
Epoxy Over Paint
You can apply epoxy over garage floor paint or over another coat of epoxy without removing it, but you have to prep the surface. Start by renting a floor buffer with a 60-grit sanding screen. Get extra screens and return the unused ones for credit. Run the buffer over the floor to remove loose paint and scuff the surface to create a texture for the epoxy to stick to. Sweep the floor clean. Then, just as important, clean the floor with a cleaner/degreaser, available at home centers. The cleaner/degreaser will break the molecular bond of the grease so it'll come off the floor. Epoxy won't stick to oil- or grease-contaminated floors. Let the floor dry for a full day, then apply the coat of epoxy.
If your garage needs a new floor, here's a collection of options.
Seal the Holes
If you're drilling holes through top and bottom plates or running wires through a fire wall in the garage, you must seal those holes with a fire-resistant caulk or foam sealant to comply with fire and energy codes. Most building officials won't make you bust out large holes in ceilings and walls in order to access hard-to-reach holes, but check with your local official before you begin your project. Fire-blocking insulated foam sealant is sold at home centers and hardware stores. For more on working with foam sealant, check out this collection of helpful tips.
Complete Garage Remodel
When a garage needs more than just a thorough cleaning and better lighting, it may be time for a major overhaul. Transform your garage into a room by adding wiring, insulation and wall covering. This finished garage can become a useful workshop, mechanic's space, play space or even a private den. To learn how to frame, reroute wiring and add outlets, ventilate and insulate, weather-strip doors and windows and finish up with drywall, right here.
Ceiling Storage Bonanza
If all the stuff in your garage is within easy reach, you're probably wasting lots of storage space. The high spaces may not be prime real estate for often-used tools, but they're perfect for long-term storage. Deep shelving or cabinets near the ceiling can hold a ton of seasonal stuff like holiday decorations or camping gear.
Customizable Wall of Storage in One Weekend
This DIY garage storage system has the versatility of expensive store-bought systems, but you can make it yourself for a few hundred dollars in a single weekend. You'll find everything you need to know to create this system here.
Space-Saving Sliding Shelves
Rollout shelves and sliding bypass units can make more efficient use of the sidewalls of your garage. The bypass unit adds 50 percent more storage for long-handled tools and all sorts of items that take up too much wall space. You simply slide the shelves to either side to access the stuff behind. Check out more features of this system and get complete how-to-build instructions here.
Neat and Tidy Pet Food Dispenser
Build this bin and you can fill the dog dish with the flick of a finger and do away with that crumpled bag of dog food lying on the garage floor. This bin easily holds two 20-lb. bags of food and allows you to dispense it right into the dish. And you can store two types of food so the cat won't get jealous.
Slide open the 'blast gate' and food falls into the dish. A hinged top allows easy refilling. Get the instructions to make your own pet food dispenser.
Flexible Garage Storage Wall
This storage system solves two challenges: first, how to design storage space for the narrow alley between the garage side wall and your car; and second, how to create a solid mounting surface to hold shelves and hooks that are capable of carrying hundreds of pounds of stuff.
The solution is to create a framework of horizontal wood strips and inexpensive shelf standards. It can hold almost any arrangement of shelving and hooks, at any point on the wall, and it's easy to rearrange.
Our Favorite Garage Wall System
With this storage system, you can organize your garage in minutes using versatile French cleats. And this system can hold just about anything. Plus, you can quickly move hooks, shelves and bins around to find the most efficient arrangement as your needs change. The entire system is inexpensive and easy to build; you only need two power tools—a circular saw and a drill. Complete how-to instructions can be found here.