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Finally! 10 Solutions for Your Hard-to-Store Household Items
You don’t sweat the small stuff in life, metaphorically or physically. An unused kitchen gadget gets tossed into a junk drawer and you don't even bat an eye. It’s...
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11 Things Never to Keep in Your Garage
When space in your home is at a premium and you need a place to stow sports equipment or rarely used household hold items, what’s the first place that comes to mi...
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How To: Dispose of Gasoline
From powering vehicles and generators to garden tools, gasoline makes our world go around. Leaving unused remnants of...
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The 10 Best Things You Can Do for Your Garage
Garages are much more than just a designated parking place for your car. Homeowners these days take advantage of the space as a utility room and workshop as well ...
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3 Reasons to Replace Your Wire Shelving
Homeowners and renters alike install wire shelving for storage and organizing, only to quickly become dissatisfied. T...
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Buyer's Guide: Garage Heaters
If you’re an avid DIYer, you know how miserable it can be to work on a project, or even perform routine car maintenan...
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Genius! An Invention to End Smashed Groceries
If you’re regularly tagged with grocery duty, you know that the most perilous part of a trip to the supermarket is th...
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7 Features to Look for in Your Next Garage Door
From its origins as a no-frills, utilitarian outbuilding, the garage has matured into an integral part of the home, one that plays a major role in the day-to-day ...
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So, You Want to... Insulate a Garage Door
As the weather cools, it’s the perfect time to gird your garage against the colder temperatures on the way, especiall...
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Your Guide to Reviving a Tired Garage Floor
As one of the strongest, most durable, and longest-lasting construction materials, it's no wonder why concrete is the...
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The Dos and Don'ts of Choosing a New Garage Door
Americans love cars. For evidence, look no further than the design of the average postwar home. The garage often clai...
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5 Times a New Garage Door Made All the Difference
The garage door doesn't get the respect it deserves. Think about it: In the daily life of a house, the unassuming garage door performs a pivotal practical functio...
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3 Fixes for a Gasoline Odor
Whether you’re planning a road trip or gearing up for an outdoor DIY project, the task ahead starts with checking and...
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The 3 Best Reasons to Upgrade Your Garage Door
Every time you leave or return home, you can’t help but notice the garage door. But how often do you really look at i...
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So, You Want to... Build a Carport
Need a place to park that fancy new speedboat? A carport may be just the ticket! While it’s not quite a garage, a car...
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12 Ideas to Steal from the Most Organized Garages
An organized garage is every homeowner’s dream, but it’s so hard to achieve! Check out these creative ways to keep clutter at bay by organizing everything from sp...
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3 Fixes for a Garage Door That Won't Close
Garage doors sometimes seem to have a mind of their own, often deciding when—and how far—they want to open or close. ...
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Quick Tip: The Safest Storage for Gasoline
With the arrival of spring comes a certain bouquet of seasonal scents, ranging from fresh-cut grass to spilled gasoli...
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Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Ways to Set Up Garage Shelves
For handy homeowners, the garage isn’t simply a spot to park the car—it's a place to park everything, including garde...
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How To: Paint a Garage Door
As long as it goes up and down on command, it’s easy to ignore your garage door. Yet this aspect of your home’s exter...
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5 Things to Do with... Painter’s Tape
While you hardly ever venture to the paint section of your hardware store without a specific job in mind, one of its ...
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Buyer's Guide: 6 Best Garage Door Openers
It’s the little things in life that can make or break your day. Take, for instance, the garage door opener, an appliance most people never give a second thought…u...
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The Easy Way to Waterproof Masonry Surfaces
For the last 50 years or so, new home foundations have almost always been made of concrete. Ranking among the toughes...
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How To: Paint a Garage Floor
Part-time workshop, storage center for outdoor equipment, shelter for the family cars—the garage is a do-it-all space...
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Bob Vila Radio: Be Good to Your Garage Door
No matter whether you use muscle or a motor to open and shut your garage door, it's going to need TLC every so often ...
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Re-Do Your Home Exterior with a New Garage Door
If you were to look at pictures of all the homes built since the mid 1950s, you would notice one obvious commonality: For decades, the garage door has been the mo...
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How To: Groom Your Garage in One Weekend
The garage is the final frontier of spring cleaning. Part carport, part catchall storage facility, the garage, if well-organized, can be a tremendous asset. If le...
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10 Bargain Organizers for a Tidy Garage
<p> The garage is one of the most cluttered spaces in the whole house. Too often it becomes a dumping ground for sports equipment, lawn tools, off-season decorati...
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7 Things Every Great Garage Needs
Garages: indispensable for keeping your car out of the elements, doing messy projects without cleaning up after them, and for storing items out of sight and mind....
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Get More from Your Garage: Top Tips for Strategic Storage
Is it starting to seem like there&#39;s no storage space left in your house? Is every closet, cabinet, and drawer totally...
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Warm Up Your Workspace with a Unit Heater
If you spend time on projects in the garage, or if you're lucky enough to enjoy a stand-alone workshop, chances are t...
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Bob Vila Radio: An Easy DIY Way to Seal Your Garage Door
Though garage doors do a pretty good job of keeping bad guys away from your car, they're not so good at keeping out t...
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7 Steps to Making Your Garage More Livable
In many homes, the garage is nothing more than a place to park the car, store the Christmas decorations, and hang up a few tools. With a little ingenuity, however...
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Make Room for the Car: 7 Easy DIY Garage Organizers
The garage is more than a place to park the car. It is a storage space for lawn tools, sports equipment, and off-season supplies, and it often houses the home wor...
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Bob Vila Radio: Give Your Garage Floor a Makeover
Looking to make your garage a little snazzier? Dressing up the concrete floor with colorful epoxy paint may be just t...
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How To: Apply Epoxy Floor Paint
You lavish attention on the bedroom and living room, bathroom and kitchen, but what about the unsung hero of many smo...
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Get Your Garage Back in 7 Sanity-Restoring Steps
Professional organizer Donna Smallin, author of "The One-Minute Organizer: A to Z Storage Solutions", shares hard-earned advice for controlling garage clutter.
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Move Out: 10 Ways to Expand into Your Garage
Plenty of homeowners wish they had more room. It's possible these cramped-feeling dreamers have overlooked a golden opportunity: garage conversion. Renovating the...
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A Garage Makeover to Behold—The RAM Cave Minnesota
When Rachel K. of Prior Lake, Minnesota, entered the RAM Renovation Contest last fall, it was with the very best of i...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Garage Floors
Your garage may be your workshop, your storeroom, your potting shed or the place where you showcase your automotive p...
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Garage Doors Repurposed: 9 Innovative Design Uses
If you’re planning on improving your home's curb appeal by installing a new garage door, don’t be so fast to throw out the old one. Disposing of a large, cumberso...
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8 Easy and Affordable Garage Floor Options
When you think of flooring options for your home, your mind may turn to images of polished hardwood in the dining room, evocative Spanish tile in the kitchen, or ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Garage Door Replacement
Garage doors may not seem like great decorating opportunities—most people treat them as functional afterthoughts that...
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Planning Guide: Garage Conversion
Remaking your garage into an extra bedroom, den, or kids' playroom can improve not only the resale value of your home...
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Simple Solutions for a More Livable Garage
In many homes, the garage is nothing more than a place to park the car, store the Christmas decorations and hang up a...
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Top Tips for Designing Your Garage Around Your Vehicle
This post is sponsored by Ram Trucks. Do you have a garage in need of an overhaul? Enter here for your chance at bein...
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Guy Stuff: 10 Must-Haves for the Ultimate Garage Makeover
No man's home within the home should be without these big-boy toys.
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Man, Oh Man! 7 Unbelievable Guy Spaces
So you want a man cave? Check out these over-the-top lairs from around the country.
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3 Steps to a Successful Garage Makeover
Let’s face it. For most of us, the garage serves as a dumping ground for old paint, broken toys, and boxes of clothes...
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Garage Doors 101
As cars have grown more important to our lives, they have gained equal prominence in residential floor plans. You’d p...
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Storm-Proof Your Garage Doors
In the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew’s devastation in 1992, the building codes in many coastal counties and storm-thr...
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Picking the Right Garage Door
When selecting a garage door for your home, the list of questions includes basic material, style, and price. There is...
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Creating the Ultimate Garage Workshop
To some, a garage is much more than a place to park the car and store junk. To the car enthusiast, it is a nerve cent...
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Keep Garage Doors in Top Shape
The garage door is the single largest moving part in your home, and should be inspected and maintained every year. Wh...
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11 "Neat" Garage Storage Solutions
Is your garage a haven or a horror? Too often, we just shut the door and forget it when we walk into the house. But it’s so much easier to keep a garage organized...
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Product Showcase: Garage Doors
The garage door can play a major role in your home's overall curb appeal. Learn more about the types, styles, and options available in this product showcase.
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Bob Vila Radio: Garage Door Openers
Your garage door opener controls what is probably the largest moving object in your house. But it’s not actually the ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Garage Storage Options
Installing a garage storage system can have the same effect as adding a room, and it’s a good way to increase your ho...
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Garage Door Openers 101
For decades, homeowners interested in automating their garage doors had three choices: chain-, belt- or screw-driven ...
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Quick Tip: Garage Storage Solutions
Garage as Work Space Commonly used as the family dumping ground, the garage is undergoing a revival as a functional w...
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Organize Your Garage to Keep Your Sanity
Those of us lucky enough to have a garage space in our home tend to take it for granted. This private and secure park...
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Installing the New Garage Doors
Bob talks with Robert Rainey of PJ Overhead Door as the new and improved garage door panels and tracks are installed on the Norwell home.
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New Insulated Garage Doors
New insulated garage doors will replace the home's originals and be installed on the new garage. They have the appearance of wood and the performance of factory-f...
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Building with Polystyrene Forms and Concrete
Bob explores innovative construction technologies – Insul-Tarp and ReddiForm polystyrene blocks – as the structure is reinforced and the first-floor walls start t...
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Building a Privacy Fence and Touring the Completed Kitchen
Bob reviews the progress of his western red cedar custom fence, designed to provide privacy and block the carport from the neighbors’ view.
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Carpeting the Basement and Organizing the Home
Carpet tiles are installed in the basement, and experts discuss storage and organizing solutions for the basement and master bedroom.
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Hurricane-Resistant Garage Doors
Ernie Hutto installs a garage door and explains to Bob why it’s the most important door in the house.
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Installing Carriage-Style Garage Doors
Dave Colette from Doorworks talks Bob through the installation of the garage doors.
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Heavy-Duty Garage Door Opener and Features
Bob checks out a Sears garage door opener-- at 3/4 horsepower, it's among the strongest on the market.
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Garage Truss Construction
Bob and general contractor Ted Riley watch the framing crew construct the garage roof using trusses.
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Garage Door Installation
Bob helps install the new six-panel garage door at the Victorian restoration project house.
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Replacing the Barn Door
Workers replace the old barn doors with an oversized Ponderosa Pine door (from KML Industries in Canada).
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Installing Custom Garage Doors
Bob gets up to speed on the progress made, before joining Kent Forsland (from Designer Doors) to discuss the new custom-made, cedar-faced garage doors, which have...
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Installing a Grade Beam
Bob oversees the installation of a grade beam in the garage, which is in compliance with California seismic code.
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Reviewing the Dream Garage Project Plans
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley review the architectural plans. Features such as loft storage are discussed, in addition to the project's post-and-beam construction.
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Excavating and Building the Foundation
Bob pays a visit to the site as work on the foundation gets underway. Once the excavation is complete, the forms (for the poured concrete) are assembled and put i...
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Discussing the Poured-In Concrete Insulated Form System
Bob meets with Lars Anderson (from Owens Corning) to discuss the Lite-Form Insulating System used in the garage's foundation. The forms are pre-assembled and tied...
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Framing the Barn
Bob confers with Paul Pacella (from Maine Post and Beam of Cape Cod) about framing the barn. Eastern white pine is being used; this type of pine is a popular lumb...
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Discussing the Framing and Selecting a Garage Door
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley review the building plans and the progress made on the post-and-beam garage. Framing continues, and Bob discusses the various joints ...
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Placing the Engineered Wood Glulam Roof Ridge Beam
Bob and Paul Pacella (of Maine Post and Beam) discuss the cutting and placement of the engineered wood glulam ridge beam for the garage.
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Installing Insulspan Structural Insulated Panels
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley review the Insulspan structural insulated panels (SIPs). These Styrofoam panels save steps in construction, since they include struct...
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Installing a Salvaged Door
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install a salvaged door on the side of the dream garage, which is undergoing construction.
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Installing a Fire Sprinkler System
A Grinnell sprinkler system goes into the garage building. Bob gets a brief history of the sprinkler concept and a few tips on installation.
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Installing a Lightning Rod
J & G Lightning Protection, Inc. installs a lightning rod system that will draw lightning toward the two copper rods, which perch on the garage roof. The copper p...
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Discussing the Home Security System
Bob discusses the wireless alarm system being put in the garage. Because the building will often be unoccupied, this system won't just monitor the alarm. It will ...
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Finishing the Interior and Exterior
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley install southern yellow pine plywood on the interior of the garage. On the exterior, Bob talks with Greg Binford about adding a stain...
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Installing the Garage Door Opener
The garage door openers are installed on the automotive end of the garage. Bob reviews the brackets and beams used to mount the opener's drive, as well as the cha...
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Installing Track Lighting
Track lighting is installed in the automotive portion of the garage, and Bob reviews the bulbs, hardware, and mounting techniques used.
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Staining the Interior
Bob helps painting contractor Milo Moran roll solid stain over the yellow pine plywood walls on the boat storage side of the garage. Though not often applied insi...
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Reviewing the Post-and-Beam Garage
Bob pays a final visit to the garage for a tour of the full building and a review of all the features installed. Along the way, he details the construction techni...
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Tour of the Completed 'Boat Barn'
Bob takes a close look at the boat storage part of the building (the 'boat barn'), highlighting interior features like the lighting and mechanical systems. Contra...
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Heavy-Duty Metal Shelving and Preparing the Boat for Winter Storage
In the storage loft of the garage, a metal shelving system sturdy enough for industrial use is assembled. The boat arrives on a hydraulic trailer and is prepped f...
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Garage Door Opener Installation
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install a Craftsman garage door opener.
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Constructing a Carport, Bench, and Storage Structure
Bob reviews the construction of a carport, bench, and storage structure, situated adjacent to the Naples project house.
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Discussing Plans for the Basement
Bob joins architect Mike Morgan and general contractor Ron Gan in the basement of the coach house to discuss options for making the basement space useful and/or m...
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Garage Entry
Bob helps general contractor Ron Gan and his crew take down a section of brick wall in order to make way for a garage door leading into the basement.
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Garage Construction
The concrete floor has been poured in the basement, and general contractor Ron Gan explains how a ledger board is attached to the masonry wall to support ceiling ...
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