"Home repairs" might sound like a daunting phrase, but fixing up parts of your house doesn't have to mean doing a complete overhaul. In fact, there's probably a million little things you can do to improve various rooms, including your garage. With a little elbow grease, gusto and time, your garage could run more smoothly than when you first bought the house. With that in mind, here are some easy repairs to do in your garage:
Drafty garage door
Garages typically aren't heated spaces, but if you have garage storage systems that include a workstation, you're probably in there all the time. You don't want a chilly draft blowing through while you're doing your hobbies, so you may need to seal the overhead door. Many garages don't come with a threshold seal, so air can blow in near the base of your door. Fortunately, this is a super easy fix, as installing a threshold takes little do-it-yourself experience – that's good news for many homeowners. Here are the steps:
- With the door open, lay down the threshold so it's centered along the door track.
- Cut the threshold to fit in your garage entryway.
- Face the threshold so the hump side is inside the garage.
- Close the door and push the threshold against the door to make sure it's in the right position.
- Mark the placement with a pencil right onto the floor.
- With the door open, mark the other side of the threshold.
- Remove the threshold and place adhesive on the concrete and let set.
- Place the threshold on the adhesive and press.
- Close the garage door and leave shut for 24 hours.
While concrete garage floors are fairly durable, time, seasonal changes in weather, etc., can cause cracks to form. They can be both a hazard and an eyesore, so you should repair them. Here's how:
- Chisel loose pieces from the crack.
- Sweep your garage.
- Apply concrete filler to the crack, making sure there's no open space left.
- Level the filler so it's flush with the rest of your floor.
- Let it sit overnight.
- Consider sealing your concrete floors.
While clutter doesn't really require a repair in the traditional sense, organizing your garage will give the space new life, and that's what home improvement is all about! If you look around your garage and realize it's too full and you don't know what's what, it's time to organize. But don't let that word scare you – it's easier than you think.
- Go through all your belongings to see how much you need to organize.
- Get rid of things you don't want, need or use.
- Research garage storage systems.
Before we go on, let's talk about storage. Wall-mount systems let you store everything off the floor, creating more space to move around, work and park in your garage. You want to make sure you get enough storage components for the amount of belongings you own. For instance, if you just want to hang your bicycles, rakes and shovels, ordering a couple of panels and the right wall hooks will probably be enough. However, if you want your garage to act as the storage hub of your home, picking a Jumbo Kit is a better option. Onward!
- Clear your garage.
- Install your storage system.
- Replace your belongings.