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Would bi-fold, side-opening garage doors be a good idea?

I want to replace my single panel, up & over garage door with doors that open to the side. It looks like it will be some trouble to get the kind of doors I want, so will it be worth it? [more inside]
posted by polecat on Aug 17, 2016 - 22 answers

Please help me store my books

For reasons, most of my books are in long-term storage. Please help me keep them safe. [more inside]
posted by bryon on Jul 18, 2016 - 6 answers

Storing gasoline

I have a house. It has a walk-in basement, it does not have a garage. I have ~3 gallons of gasoline in appropriate containers. I think it's probably unwise to put this in my basement (with a water heater, electrical stuff, etc. not to mention the whole being effectively inside my house thing). Is storing it outside in a storage tote a good solution? Why or why not? [more inside]
posted by so fucking future on Jun 23, 2016 - 8 answers

Best way to store paper in non-climate controlled garage

I have a bunch of boxes of books and other paper ephemera to store. I'll store all I can inside the house, but some, surely, will have to go in the garage--good roof, but not climate controlled, and door is drafty. Hot and humid in summer and cold and dry in winter. How to make the best of it? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on May 23, 2016 - 9 answers

Best Method - finding a guesthouse Los Angeles?

I would like to find a *reasonably priced* guesthouse in the Los Angeles area, specifically in or near Glendale/Pasadena/La Crescenta/Montrose. [more inside]
posted by ConnieL on Apr 16, 2016 - 11 answers

Water, water everywhere.

We have a leak somewhere above our garage, and nobody seems to be able to figure out where it is coming from. I've heard a few stories from different contractors, but I'm clueless when it comes to home improvement and I don't know how to tell what to actually believe. Help? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Apr 9, 2016 - 9 answers

Ongoing workshop decluttering

I tend to accumulate surplus hardware (brackets, hinges, etc) in the workshop. Lately I've been thinking of timing things out: if some random part been idle for X months then dispose of it. I'm wondering if anyone has used a scheme like this and what the pros and cons might be. Logistically I was just going to date-stamp things on the day they get added to the random collection of parts, and make a periodic pass to weed out unused items.
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Mar 30, 2016 - 13 answers

Locking sliding garage doors from both sides?

My neighbor and I share a garage door that we'd like to keep secure. Without walking around the block, it's easier for me to open it from within and easier for him to open it from without. Currently, the door is locked with a latch and a padlock on the outside, but I'd like to be able to unlock it from the inside too. Is there a solution?
posted by TheNewWazoo on Mar 25, 2016 - 17 answers

Garage Door Opener Advice

We have a Liftmaster 2000sdr and while the opener itself works fine, neither of our wireless remotes can get a response anymore. [more inside]
posted by brilliantine on Dec 9, 2015 - 4 answers

When Spring Break Turns Deadly - Garage Door Edition

My 1954 MCM ranch house still has the original single-panel garage door (see here). The original spring hardware looks pretty scary...but how dangerous is it, and what are my options for eventually replacing it/the door with something that won't anger my inner design critic? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Dec 1, 2015 - 11 answers

How to keep our cat from urinating on our car?!

One of our cats is a habitual out-of-litterbox toilet user. Due to this issue, we've had to put him in the garage at night when we can't keep an eye on him. However, we recently purchased a new car and plan to begin putting it in the garage - but we're not sure how to keep that cat - plus possible one other - from urinating on the car. Can anyone think of some solutions? Right now all I can think of is a cover or tarp.
posted by BuddyBoo on Nov 30, 2015 - 8 answers

How to lower the position of a floodlight? Is there an adapter?

The house I have has a motion detection floodlight installed (http://amzn.to/1KyAd5N). Unfortunately, the original installation was a bit too high, so most of this floodlight is shadowed by the roof eave. I would like to lower it by about 6 inches. I don't want to change the original circular mount that's in the wall. Is there such a thing as an adapter/pipe that I can install connect to the original circular mount that I can then reattach the floodlight too? (Kind of like a periscope) I'd welcome other solutions - but I'm not very handy.
posted by bluelava on Sep 22, 2015 - 5 answers

Is there a great universal garage door opener remote?

I have 4 different garage door opener remotes and half of them are failing. I'd like to replace them with a single universal remote. I think I need a learning remote with 4 different buttons, but I'm open to suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Sep 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Who fixes my garage floor?

What tradesman would I call to fix a busted (not just cracked) on-grade slab concrete floor in my garage? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 23, 2015 - 6 answers

Garage magic! Who pays?

I own a condo in a six unit building. Five of us own spaces in a garage on the other side of the backyard. Some garages (which are separated by walls) have doors opening to the backyard; mine doesn't. So I'm planning to add a door, which will require cutting through the wall of the garage and extending the sidewalk in the backyard to reach my new door. Should I ask the condo association pay for any part of this?
posted by chimpsonfilm on Apr 29, 2015 - 7 answers

Cheap, low-effort tankless water heater?

Heated garage, just cold water pipe run to it. What's the easiest way to add hot (or vaguely warm) water to my utility sink? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Nov 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Winnipeg Mazda A/C repair?

Mrs. Sauce and I are on an epic roadtrip in our Mazda and we just lost our air conditioner. Yelp is failing us. Can anyone recommend an honest and capable repair shop in Winnipeg?
posted by Sauce Trough on Jul 16, 2014 - 6 answers

Woman's Day From 1970's worth selling?

I'm going through my father's garage, and have come across two waist high piles of magazines from the 1970's, most likely waiting room material left over from when he owned a small business. They seem to mostly be "Woman's Day" and "Woman" magazines from 1970-1974. Should I separate the decent ones from the yellowing and crumbled ones, and try to sell them? [more inside]
posted by Kevin Street on Jul 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Painting a Peeling Garage Door

The paint on our wooden garage door is seriously peeling, and I want to re-paint it. How should I go about this? What tools do I need? What kind of paint should I use? Brand recommendations welcome. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jun 23, 2014 - 16 answers

Please help me identify these gross things on my garage walls.

I need help identifying these gross things that have appeared on my garage walls in the last week or so. They are grayish-brown, each about the size of a piece of orzo, and are stuck to the walls in my garage. I can spot about a dozen of them around the garage, but I don't know how many more might be hidden behind boxes, etc. I suspect it is some sort of poop or some sort of egg sac, both things that completely gross me out. The shape is pretty unique to all of them. I live in Southern California, with temps over the last few months ranging between 55 and 85F. Anyone have an idea what these might be? Pic inside. [more inside]
posted by emily37 on Mar 15, 2014 - 6 answers

MeFi Mechanics--Older Car Issue

My wife and I have a rather old Lexus with low miles. On each of the last two times we took it out, the car shuddered a couple of times (like driving over a bump) and then lost all engine power, conking out in the middle of the road. There was no sound involved--just that little shudder, and then no power. Each time, we had to push it to the shoulder. Each time, the car would start up again with no problem--but would not stay on. Some more details inside--any ideas what's up? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 4, 2014 - 12 answers

How can we better insulate our garage to keep the heat inside our house?

With all the cold weather we've been having, the bedroom above our single car garage has been positively chilly. The rest of the house is nice and toasty, but that one room is several degrees cooler than anywhere else in the house. How can we make it better? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jan 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Stuck on you

What is the best way to clean and remove the remnants of vines that have been stuck to my garage wall for years in preperation for a paint job? The little nubs that remain after the vines have been pulled away.
posted by silsurf on Dec 27, 2013 - 9 answers

If it were a horror movie, I know what they'd be for.

What are these spikes on the ceiling in the parking garage? [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Sep 26, 2013 - 11 answers

Little hummingbird...you're not that strong!

A hummingbird is trapped in my garage...and it seems to be a pretty stubborn one. The real problem is that we have a fixed skylight-type window that it constantly tries to fly out of - it won't go any other way. We opened the other window and the garage doors, but it's just so darn stubborn! [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Sep 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Sealing a door from exhaust fumes. Difficulty level: rental.

There is a door between my apartment and my landlords' garage. On the garage side, the cracks around the door are taped over with some sort of tape, and there is a big piece of styrofoam which blocks noise reasonably well. There is a nice air exchanger system in the apartment. But right next to this door is a bathroom which is a bit of an air circulation dead-end, and still smells a bit exhaust-y on occasion. What additional non-permanent steps can I take, affecting my side of the door, to further seal it off? [more inside]
posted by eviemath on Sep 15, 2013 - 10 answers

Cost effective way to enclose the rear or an open garage

My partner and I have just moved into a new rental in South Australia. It has a double garage with electric roller doors on the front. We want to use this space for storage and the landlord has agreed to let us enclose the rear and the open side (between the side fence and the roof). Originally I was thinking cafe blinds, but now I'm wondering if that will be too costly. We are getting a quote next week. If it turns out to be over our budget, which is not really set but probably around the $1,000 mark, what else could work to enclose the garage? Thanks.
posted by Youremyworld on Aug 1, 2013 - 2 answers

Help me turn my rickety old garage into a usable workspace!

I'd like to turn my old (built around 1925) garage into a comfortable office/workspace, but because this is a rental I don't want to spend a lot of money. It's basically a 10x10 wood box with one very tiny window and a couple overhead flourescent lights. Biggest problems: It gets hot in the summer/cold in winter, and smells kinda weird. Your help urgently requested! [more inside]
posted by hamsterdam on Jun 3, 2013 - 11 answers

Where can I find unusual sized melamine shelves?

When we bought our house, the garage came with some very nice cabinets already installed. This weekend I found myself wanting a few extra shelves for them, and I have so far been unsuccessful in finding any that will work. They are fairly standard looking white melamine shelves, but apparently the size is unusual. Is there somewhere I can go to get truly custom shelves made (or find a wider variety of sizes)? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Mar 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me diagnose my automatic garage door opener weirdness

I have a two-car garage with a LiftMaster automatic garage door opener that is misbehaving and it's driving me crazy. It seems to be randomly just opening the door long after it is closed and I can't figure out why. I've seen the other questions about garage door openers but was hoping for some advice specific to my situation. [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Feb 22, 2013 - 15 answers

How do I remove white stains from driver side car window and mirror?

How do I remove white stains from driver side car window and mirror? [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes on Feb 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Temperamental garage door

Starting a couple of weeks ago, our automatic garage door sometimes goes down about 1/5 of the way and then goes back up. [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Feb 6, 2013 - 16 answers

Recommend me a mechanic in Vancouver East?

I'm looking for a good mechanic around Mount Pleasant or East Vancouver. I have a 1999 toyota corolla and honestly, it's getting to the point where I know something important is going to go. [more inside]
posted by concreteforest on Jan 11, 2013 - 3 answers

We don't need rust proofing, we just need a state inspection

Car inspection time in Philadelphia! Help us not get screwed over. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Dec 11, 2012 - 6 answers

I'm already a land baroness.

Do I want to become a landlady? I have reached the point I've been working toward since I bought my house. I want to build a garage in my big back yard, and/or build a rental unit. [more inside]
posted by caryatid on Dec 9, 2012 - 12 answers

Please help me find a thrash version of Six White Boomers.

Can you help me find a thrash/garage version of Six White Boomers? [more inside]
posted by h00py on Dec 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Help assuage my concerns about my little old car!

Please help me determine what happened to my car recently - was it the battery, the alternator, or something else? [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Nov 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Garage teardown suggestions?

Best way to tear down a garage? It's about a 1 and a half car and completely wood.
posted by mrflibble on Oct 6, 2012 - 19 answers

Automated Garage Door Broken

After record heat waves here in Wisconsin, one day my automatic garage door closed, and as it touched the ground, I heard the top panel of the door "pop" into place. From that point on, it won't open without someone there to manually lift it through about 50% of the way open. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis on Aug 22, 2012 - 14 answers

New garage construction reco in Chicago

Recommendation for garage builder in Chicago area, and any tips or thoughts on getting an old garage demolished and a new garage built? [more inside]
posted by j810c on Aug 22, 2012 - 3 answers

Find me more Missing Links.

A recent (for me) music find, The Missing Links. I liked the one tune and so got their album and now I'm hunting for more like it. They sound kind of like The Stooges with a great keyboard player. What else sounds like the Stooges with a great keyboard player? Throw me your obscure and not so obscure 60's garage punk recommendations!
posted by merocet on Aug 5, 2012 - 5 answers

What makes a good wall in a garage?

What would you put up for the interior walls of your man cave in the garage? [more inside]
posted by otto42 on Jul 26, 2012 - 27 answers

How do I find space to do some metalworking?

How do I find a small industrial/workshop/garage space available to rent/share in my city? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on Jul 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Help with garage refrigerator

Economical garage/basement refrigerator options? [more inside]
posted by patrad on May 24, 2012 - 3 answers

It's raining sandwiches...

Found a sandwich inside my locked garage. The car was undamaged. What now? [more inside]
posted by be11e on May 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Recommendations for a transmission shop on the far northside of Chicago

I need a recommendation for a good transmission shop on the northside of Chicago. Bonus points for Evanston, Rogers Park, and the surrounding areas. [more inside]
posted by who squared on Apr 25, 2012 - 5 answers

how to punish a cat

Cat bit the crap out of wife. Is locking in garage for punishment productive? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark on Apr 21, 2012 - 26 answers

I need illuminating ideas to light up my garage!

Help me light up my garage. What are the best options for light output, cost, and power efficiency to illuminate a large space? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Apr 9, 2012 - 23 answers

Who is Buzzy Bus?

Who is Buzzy Bus? [more inside]
posted by Aethelwer on Dec 5, 2011 - 3 answers

Where can I rent shop space in Portland OR?

I'd like to rent a small and secure garage/shop space in Portland, OR to fix bikes/moto, build things and hide from my girlfriend inside of. ADX/TechShop style space does not seem like it would work for me but feel free to convince me otherwise. [more inside]
posted by beefetish on Oct 13, 2011 - 8 answers

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