4 Tips for DIY Garage Repairs

If there’s one thing that lockdown taught us, it’s that our home can look much better when we pay attention to its maintenance. There’s a reason why home renovation rates increased by 27% during the lockdown period. 

One part of our homes that we tend to neglect unless it decided to catch on fire or something else went wrong, is our garage.

Our garage can be a shameful secret filled with things that we don’t even know about, or it can be our delightful little haven where we keep our tools and other precious things.

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If you’re looking for ways to better maintain your garage and give it an upgrade, you can always DIY garage projects. No worries, we’ve got you covered. 

Keep on reading to learn all about our top five ways you can revive your garage space, and fix what has been broken.

1. DIY Garage Door Fix: Your Door Won’t Close All the Way

Let’s start with one of the most common issues that homeowners can face, once their garage door decides to act up. 

If you’ve been noticing that your garage door won’t close completely, all the way through, that’ probably due to an issue with your photo-eye. 

The photo-eye is a security feature that ensures that your door won’t accidentally close on a person, a pet, or even a random object. 

Once your photo-eye becomes blocked or misaligned in some way, your garage door will stop closing a bit before reaching your floor, then it’ll go back up. 

If you’ve seen your garage door opener light blink rapidly (on and off), then this is most probably the issue at hand. 

There are a couple of things you can do to fix your photo-eye. Start by adjusting the pivot bracket. This will ensure that your photo-eyes are parallel. 

Then, you’ll want to clear up the area around your garage door. We know it sounds obvious, but you’ll want to confirm that your photo-eye’s sensor, which usually uses an infrared beam, isn’t picking up on any toys, tools, or bikes. 

If your garage door is still acting up, you’ll want to go in with a gentle cleanser and remove any accumulated dirt, debris, moisture, or even cobwebs from your photo-eye units. 

The whole ordeal will take you around five minutes, and will save you a lot of future annoyance.

2. DIY Garage Shelves

This is a perfect project for you if you’re dealing with a messy garage, and you have some scrap wood on hand. 

Sometimes you need a specific area to hold items that have unique shapes, like your lawn chairs, and other bulky pieces that you’d rather keep out of the way. 

You can do so by creating some simple garage shelves that are made out of wood. 

Start by taking two pieces of lumber, around 1×4 in size. You can create brackets on the wall by cutting each board around 7-3/4 inches long. Just remember to leave a 30-degree angle on both ends of the shelves. 

Afterward, you can fasten these brackets with around three 2-inches screws to the side of your exposed wall studs. 

Make sure to have them laying directly across from one another, and you’ll get the perfect spot to hang up your chairs.

3. Overhead DIY Garage Storage Solution

Some garages won’t allow you to place things horizontally due to space constraints. 

You can beat the system, by creating wooden overhead storage shelves that you can suspend from the ceiling. Tucking lightweight and medium-weight stuff on those shelves, and you’re good to go. 

Keep in mind that you’ll need around 16 inches of clearance for a standard shelf, and around 12.5 inches if you’re interested in putting plastic baskets up there. 

Yet, you can always adjust the shelf height to better suit your needs. The only limitation that you’ll have to keep in mind is weight. 

Pick the right ceiling framing for the job, this way you can rest easy knowing that it can safely support the weight of your items.

Therefore, take your time researching the right ceiling framing, so you don’t have to take things down and re-attach them to your ceiling in a couple of months’ time.

4. DIY Fixing Your Noisy Garage Door

When your garage door starts squeaking and making a duet of unpleasant noises, it’s time to give it some TLC.

The culprit behind your noisy garage door is usually loose hardware, worn rollers, or even metal parts that need some lubrication. All of those are considered minor issues. 

You can always grab a garage door lubricant and go to town. Start by spraying the roller bearings, the springs, and the hinges every two to three months. This can be a step to add to your basic home maintenance schedule. 

But, keep in mind that you’ll want to avoid lubricating any nylon roller without bearings. You can unwittingly damage the roller that way. 

Then, you want to take a look at the nuts and bolts on your garage door and track. Tighten those if you feel like they’re getting a bit loose. 

If your rollers and hinges look worn out, then it’s time for a replacement. You can always check the DIY Garage Door Parts collection to find what you need.  

And, if you’ve discovered an issue that seems to be more than you can manage, you can always give the professionals a call. 

This will prevent any accidents from happening and will ensure that the problem has been fixed from its roots. 

Ready to Give Your Garage a Facelift?

We know how overwhelming it can be to look at your garage and admit that it’s in dire need of maintenance and some organization. 

Hopefully, our little list has shed some light on the four different DIY Garage repair tips and ideas you can start implementing today, without breaking the bank. 

If you’ve enjoyed this article, then you need to head straight to our services section. There you’ll find all the tips and tricks you could need to transform your garage space. 

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