Marla Dodson. Garage. December 10th , 2019.
Parking Guide: It’s not uncommon to find an assortment of parking scratches and bruises in residential garages. One of the most popular remedies is the old tennis ball on a string hanging from the ceiling trick. This is a time tested remedy that works, but there are also modern solutions as well. Enter laser and proximity parking guides. Laser guides typically attach to the ceiling on or near the garage door opener. When the door is opened, the laser is activated and lights up a beam. All you have to do is line up the beam to a particular spot on your dashboard when your vehicle is already parked. Then, each time you pull in, let the preset beam show you where to stop. You can get just a single laser or a dual-laser depending on the needs of your garage. Proximity sensors, unlike lasers, mount on the wall you approach when you park in your garage. With these, you simply preset the distance between your bumper and the sensor. Then, as you approach, the sensor will tell you when to stop. Some models even act like a stoplight, with a yellow caution lamp, followed by a red stop lamp.
Shelving: We all know shelves are a great for organizing. With proper installation L Frame brackets can supply a great base for making shelves. The additional shelving creates a place to store boxes that you can’t fit in your attic and they make it easy to get things up off the ground and make more walking room in your garage. Recently I’ve seen a lot of people building shelving around their pegboards to provide a great area to place all of their power tools that come with those fancy hard plastic-carrying cases. This is a great idea for any garage. If you have any special power tools, such as drills, saws, air tools shelves make the perfect place to store those carrying case. One of the most underutilized areas to place shelving is above the garage doors. If you have a ladder it’s a great place that you can create shelving to around the entire perimeter of your garage. This allows even more storage space that is commonly left unused.
If you do not have one in your garage, I guess its time for you to have one to make the most of it. You can either buy one in hardware and specialty stores or build one yourself. Before you one or made one for yourself, be sure to plan things first on what size or what features you want your workbench to have. Do you want to have a portable workbench? Do you want to have one with enclosure and cabinets? Answers to these questions matter because it is where you based your specifications when buying or when constructing your own workbench.
Workshops. When you use your garage as a workshop this can be a variety of workshops. It can be used as a paint studio, woodworking, for band rehearsal, or even a man cave. One of the first things that you will need to do is make sure that you clean out any junk in the area. You should either throw things away, keep it, give it away, or have a yard sale. Once this is done, you should paint your garage walls. You can use any color but if you want to give your garage a spacious look you should use white for the walls. Depending on what the workshop you should consider adding some shelving, maybe a pegboard to hang tools on, cabinets, etc. You should also make sure that there is adequate lighting and enough electrical outlets. Some like to work in their shop at night so make sure that there will be enough light to do so. You can also install a light over the work area.
The best wall storage systems you can find are the hardboard and fiberboard wall panels with grooved, pegged, slat, and holed slits which are designed for holding tools and utensils firmly and safely with panel fixtures. Traditionally there was just fibre board panels or pegboards available for consumers these came generally in 4ft by 8ft panels, a quarter inch thick, and had either slits or holes, available for the last 40 years they have served their purpose well but were restricted in utility and function and were not designed for much customization, now you can buy striped pegboard panels or custom colored panels made from metal.
There is just no limit to the accessories you can buy, and many of these are priced well below ten dollars. This is one of the biggest advantages of using pegboards to organize you garage. You just need to secure them to the studs in your wall, and have a little bit of space between the wall and the board to allow the hook part to extend to the backside of the board.
They also come in very handy when hanging ladders. The strength of these hooks can easily hold any 10-foot ladder. Another reason these rubber coated hooks are so effective is the protection they offer. Most hooks are just plain metal and can scratch your belongings that you decide to hang on them. With the rubber coating this protects your belongings that you want to store. These are essential to any garage organization. There you have it, three essentials for organizing any garage. The use of all of these products will have that garage whipped into shape in no time! When used in combination with each other they are a might organizing force. All it takes is a little creativity and a focused outcome and your garage will look like a haven for tools and knick-knacks in no time.
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