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10 Tips to Remodel Your Garage

Whether you are looking to organize your storage space, need a place to store wood for the winter, want to add a workbench to your shop or simply want to give an old garage and new look, remodeling your garage is a great summer or weekend project for any handyman. These 10 tips and tricks offer easy ways to make the most of your garage.

1. Organize Your Tools and Provide Easy Access with Pegboards

Pegboards are a great way to store and hang cords, power tools and other items. To help keep track of your items, consider tracing an outline of the tools on the pegboard using a permanent marker before hanging the board.

garage power tools pegboard

2. Improve Comfort through Increased Insulation

Many garages lack proper insulation. By adding insulation to the outside walls and installing a garage door insulation kit, you can help to reduce thermal leaks between the garage and home to save on your energy bills

3. Install a Shelving System

While individual shelves can work for storing items, a shelving system provides a cohesive look and greater flexibility. Using wall anchors and laminated boards allows you to accommodate a wide variety of items. However, you should always check weight capacities before storing items.

4. Install Floor Pads in High-Traffic Areas for Added Comfort and Safety

Padded flooring provides numerous benefits during extended periods of standing as well as increasing traction when spills occur. Most foam or rubber padding can be cut to size or purchased in interlocking panels to provide optimal coverage at an affordable price.

5. Finish Your Garage to Add Room to Your Home

If you do not store your vehicles in your garage, finishing your garage can add value to your home. Simply install basic wooden framework, fill with insulation and attach your drywall. You now have a spare room for the kids to enjoy, a place to entertain friends or a room for that new home theater system you have always wanted.

6. Theme Your Garage

If you have a favorite sports team, car manufacturer or hobby, vinyl wall art, banners and trim make it affordable to personalize your garage. Matching these items with a new coat of paint will tie the look together for your new man cave.

7. Improve Ventilation for Improved Heating and Cooling Bills

The garage is often not included in residential heating or air conditioning systems. Installing ventilation fans in the garage can provide air circulation while helping to regulate temperature and reduce humidity as well.

8. Install Light Sensors for Safety and Convenience

Motion sensors switches will automatically turn on the lights in your garage when movement is detected. This can make it easier and safer to move from the vehicle to the house while carrying objects or during the night.

9. Take Advantage of Overhead Space

Shelving systems designed for storing objects on the ceiling of the garage make it easy to take advantage of unused garage space. Always check for proper vehicle clearance before purchase and installation.

10. Relocate Your Laundry Room for Increased Indoor Storage

By moving your laundry equipment to the garage, you can reduce ambient heat and moisture within the home while reclaiming valuable storage space. Always ensure adequate ventilation of equipment in the garage to prevent damage and health risks.

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4 Inspirational DIY Ideas On Pinterest

Pinterest Projects

Unless you’ve been without Internet or TV for the last year or so, you’ve probably heard of Pinterest- the social networking site that allows users to group images and “pin” them to a virtual bulletin board. Many people use Pinterest to save pictures of their dream homes, but the site is also a great source for DIY ideas. With a little bit of creativity and the ideas below, you can clean and freshen your home, and update its look while saving money and time.

Use Baking Soda in the Garden and in the Home

Baking soda weed controlAdding baking soda to garden soil neutralizes its pH, preventing vegetation from growing. Sprinkle baking soda in a six-inch wide strip around flower and vegetable beds to prevent weeds and grass from creeping in. For a green floor cleaner, mix ¼ cup baking soda, ¼ cup white vinegar, a tablespoon of dish detergent, and two gallons of warm water. It will remove dirt and grime without the need for harsh-smelling chemicals.

Hide an Unsightly Shower with a DIY Curtain

DIY shower curtainIf your shower door has been taken over with soap scum, or you’ve got tile that’s been there since the 70s, you don’t need to break out your Teng tools to replace it. Make your own curtain like this: use white terrycloth (for easy washing), and accent it with grosgrain ribbon in a color that matches the rest of your bathroom decor.

Dress up a plain shower curtain rod with decorative spray paint, and buy some good drapery rings from your local home improvement store. There you go- you’ve brightened up your bath for less than $20.

Make Your Own Glow Sticks

Mountain Dew homemade glow sticks

Mountain Dew isn’t good for your waistline or your teeth, but it does have another use. Glow sticks!

Leave about ¼” in the bottom of the bottle, and add a small amount (about a teaspoonful) of baking soda. Add three capfuls of hydrogen peroxide, screw the cap on the bottle, and shake. This solution can also be used as glow-in-the-dark paint.

DIY Wasp Traps

home made wasp trap - capture waspsWasps can be a pest if you’re doing things outdoors in the summer time. To trap wasps without harming beneficial bees, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Empty plastic soda bottle
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Vinegar

Use your tools to cut the top from the bottle (you’ll end up with a funnel-shaped piece). Turn it upside down, and put it in the other half of the bottle. Mix the sugar, salt and vinegar together and pour into the funnel. The sweet/sour scent attracts wasps, which will crawl into the inverted bottle neck and be unable to escape.

Some people may view sites like Pinterest as a meaningless time-waster, but nothing could be further from the truth. We found all of the ideas above, plus many more on the site. Why not take a look- maybe you’ll find the inspiration for your next craft, gardening or home DIY project!

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Repair Cracks in Asphalt – Properly

How to Correctly Caulk Asphalt Pavement Cracks

If you notice cracks forming in your asphalt surface, it’s important to repair them as soon as possible. Cracks allow moisture to penetrate the asphalt and weaken the surface. It’s also common for vegetation to grow in asphalt cracks, and that also contributes to weakening the surface.

If you have numerous cracks, where the asphalt surface begins to look like alligator skin, you probably won’t be able to repair it on your own. If the asphalt has low spots—which are essentially potholes even though they may not look like the full-blown version—you’ll probably need to have the asphalt professionally repaired as well.

repair cracks in asphalt

But if your asphalt surface has just a few cracks, it is possible to repair it yourself by following these few steps.

  1. Purchase a good quality asphalt filler product in a hardware or home improvement store. Look for a product that contains as much rubber as you can find.
  2. Remove vegetation from the asphalt crack. You may need to work on this beforehand by using a weed killer a few times until the vegetation is completely gone. If you leave any vegetation behind, it will just grow back through the repaired crack.
  3. Using either a leaf blower or a pressure washer, clean all debris out of the crack. If you use a pressure washer, make sure to let the crack completely dry before filling it.
  4. Apply the crack filler using a caulking gun. It’s best to do this on a warm, sunny day. Fill the crack until the filler is flush with the surface of the asphalt, then use a putty knife to smooth the surface if need be. If the filler shrinks after a while (and it may), just repeat the process, adding cracker filler until it’s flush with the surface of the asphalt.
  5. Don’t walk or drive on the surface for several hours or overnight.

Take your time in cleaning the crack. Making sure that all vegetation and debris is removed is the most important step in correctly caulking cracks in asphalt.

(photo credit: Kayli Harden)

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