3 Tips on Utilizing The Space In a Garage
It is widely believed that the stuff you own will expand out to fill the space you have available and nowhere is that more proven than in your garage. There are hundreds of things you can do to regain access to your garage and maybe even park your car there on a regular basis again.
Here are some simple tips on how to best utilize the space in your garage.
If It’s A Mess, Start Small And Conquer One Section At A Time
As you look across your garage and survey what looks like hurricane debris, you might be tempted to find something, anything, else to do. Don’t let a huge mess that took years to make scare you away from getting started. Pick either one small corner or one particular type of item, take care of that and see how you feel. If you feel energized, then go on to the next thing, or corner and tackle that too. The absolute hardest thing is going to be the first ten minutes of cleaning up.
Hang things Up & Use the Wall Space
One of the best ways to clear out a lot of space in your garage quickly is to buy a bunch of strong hooks and hang all of the bicycles, kids riding toys, ladders, shovels, garden hoses, extension cords and anything else you can think of. Bikes can be hung from the ceiling most of the time, this saves both floor and wall space and is the first place you should start. Just keep installing hooks, pegs, hangers, and other fasteners and fill them up one at a time. Try to keep like items together but don’t waste a lot of time on it since once everything is neatly hung you’ll have quick and easy access like you haven’t had in years anyway.
Box Up Seasonal Items, Label Them And Stack Them
There are a lot of things you only use a few times per year. It would be nice to have them all together in a neat, water-proof, rodent proof, labeled box in order to find them the next time you need them. Things like all of your camping gear, baseball equipment, party supplies, Christmas decorations, and other once a year equipment. Buy some plastic storage containers and pack everything neatly and completely away for future use. Label everything as best you can to make it easier to find when you need things.
If you’re having trouble with too much stuff in your garage, you’ll be surprised at how much more space you’ll have take a break and come back on a different day. If it is time to let things go, you can always donate things or have a yard sale.
The garage door is your home's largest door and has the biggest moving parts also. If it stops working you will have one large part to replace and it can be a huge hassle. Therefore, it is very important to properly maintain it. Here are some useful tips for properly maintaining your garage door.
1. Pay Close Attention
One of the best ways to properly care for your garage door is just to stay alert and pay close attention to it. Whenever you either open or close the door, make sure it is functioning smoothly. There shouldn't be any jerking and very little noise, especially no scraping or grinding.
2. Tighten The Hardware
A garage door on average gets used more than 1,000 times per year. This results in lots of vibration that works to loosen everything from the roller brackets to the bolts. Just take a socket wrench and tighten everything so that it keeps working properly and without any problems.
3. Test The Balance On The Door
If a garage door is not balanced, it will probably not work correctly. Eventually the door can end up breaking due all of the stress placed on its opener. In order to check the door's balance, pull on the red cord or release handle and then move the door up halfway manually. If the door doesn't stay in position, then there is something wrong with the balance and you will need to have a professional look at it.
4. Replace Any Rollers That Are Broken
Inspect the rollers at least two times per year to make sure they aren't damaged or worn down. You will need to replace them, on average, once per seven years.
5. Check The Weatherstripping
There is weatherstripping the runs across the bottom of the garage door. This makes a secure seal when the door is shut. Check the weatherstripping on a regular basis and check for any broken, cracked or brittle parts. Replace as needed.
6. Apply Lubrication
To keep your garage door lubricated properly and working smoothly, use some white lithium grease on the screw or chain on the opener and lubrication spray on the overhead springs.
7. Inspect The Cables
Check the bottom roller bracket to ensure it is intact and is working properly.
8. Test The Safety Measures
Check the photocell component by shutting the door, and put your foot through its invisible beam while it is closing. It should trip the system and door should be move up again.
9. Clear the Tracks Out
Clear out any debris as necessary.
10. Clean Garage Door
Clean your garage door and check it on a regular basis for any peeling paint, warps or chips.
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