How to Make a Haunted House in Your Garage

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Halloween has become one of the most anticipated holidays of the year. While haunted houses are available in every town, it is actually very easy to transform your garage into a neighborhood fright fest that everyone will enjoy. When it comes to planning how to make a haunted house in your garage you should consider the same things that I did: cost, ease of installation and removal, and ease of operation. In this article I will give you my plan for a custom haunted house for a two car garage. It is easy to alter and add your own stamp … Continue reading

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Garage Laser Parking System – High Tech Accident Prevention

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For any homeowner that has suffered the embarrassment of pulling too far into the garage and damaging a wall, the blow to their pride is unforgettable. Unfortunately, the blow to the wallet from costly structural repairs can be just as unforgettable! Technology has come to the rescue in the form of a garage laser parking system that is easy to install, simple to use, and affordable to purchase. Why use a laser parking guide? Let’s face it, the quick-fix tennis ball attached to a string does work, but it is ugly and in an empty two car garage, these balls … Continue reading

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A Solar Carport Offers Shelter and Energy Savings

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Many people dream of “going off the grid”, to live a life less dependent upon bureaucracy and infrastructure.  Although installing a solar carport is not a 100% answer to the “gridless” dream, for some it is one way to at least relieve some of the burden of energy costs at home. Carport solar energy is an easily realized venture.  In California, recognizing the acres of roofed cap parks and other large expanses, solar panels were installed to generate power on the otherwise non-productive structures.  With the surge in hybrid cars in California carport solar recharging stations are a convenience for … Continue reading

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Portable Carport – Benefits, Types, and Costs

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A portable carport may be a quick and inexpensive storage solution for homes lacking a garage. Portable carports have many benefits, there is a type for any need, and carport prices are a fraction of what an enclosed garage might cost, especially if the stored items do not need to be completely protected from the weather. Simply put, vehicles such as RVs, trailered boats, and larger riding mowers simply look less obtrusive if parked under a carport. In fact, many home owners associations have regulations which prohibit parking exposed RVs and boats – at minimum, many HOAs require at least … Continue reading

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Foam Board Insulation is Great for the Garage

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Although foam board insulation can be used in almost any part of a home, this material is particularly well suited for a garage space where exposed walls and ceilings need insulation with ease of installation. The most obvious reason for installing rigid board insulation in your garage is the heating and cooling efficiency gained by using it. It reduces heat conduction through a garage’s structural supports such as wood and steel wall studs. Another benefit is the materials used in making this insulation act as a vapor barrier, and help eliminate damp walls and floors, cutting down on the chance … Continue reading

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Garage Ceiling Storage – Overhead Storage is Really Looking Up

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Garage storage ideas and solutions are not limited to the floors or the vertical walls.  There is a “fifth wall” that is rarely used for tucking away infrequently used items. That, of course, is the overhead space. Garage ceiling storage can be accommodated with a wide variety of options that fit any storage need. Most people think of storage as a “ground-based” affair, mounting shelves to the walls, or placing cabinetry on floors. In a typical garage, one may find pegboard as a half-hearted nod to organizing the space. But much of a garage’s space is wasted, and that is … Continue reading

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Garage Design Software Before You Build or Renovate

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Whether building a custom garage or upgrading an existing space, garage design software is an easily obtained tool that can save much money, time, and perhaps costly mistakes. Below are three options that are affordable and practical for any home project or garage renovation that requires proper planning beforehand. In the good old days of pencil-and-paper many do-it-yourselfers scribbled sketches of work plans. While helpful, these were usually plans only the creator could understand. More meticulous people might use graph paper, straight edges, and better lettering to convey their garage plans. In the world of information technology, such warhorses are … Continue reading

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Roller Garage Doors for the Home

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Commercial roller garage doors, used for years in warehousing and other industrial applications, were anything but decorative. They were strictly utilitarian. However, today one can have roller shutter garage doors for the home that are attractive, insulated, and because of their unique roll-up design, allow for freer use of a garage’s ceiling space. Garage doors come in many configurations and of many different materials. One can buy fiberglass garage doors, or insulated garage doors, or sliding garage doors. A more recently “refined” innovation is the roller garage door. This is the kind of door most often associated with inner-city store … Continue reading

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