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Garage Hacks 101

Garage Hacks 101

Parking

A. Attach a pool noodle to your garage wall at the level where your car door hits and avoid those nerve-jarring bashes and scrapes. Cutting the noodle down the centre to give a flat edge might help to secure it to the wall in a straight line - you’ll want to make sure the back doors are protected as well as the front.

B. The old tennis ball on a string trick. Figure out how far into the garage your car can go before it hits the wall and back up a few inches from there - giving some breathing space makes sense, in case you get careless and overshoot the mark a little.  Now hang a ball from the ceiling until it touches your car windscreen or bonnet. You can simply suspend the ball, or, depending on your type of garage door, you could possibly attach the string to the garage door itself, meaning that as the door closes behind you, the ball is pulled up and out of the way. A sectional steel garage door could work for this method.  A screwdriver can pierce a tennis ball easily. If you take the string right through to the other side it will be simple to tie a knot at the bottom. To make it very neat you could force an anchor (washer or small nut) through just one hole. Alternatively an old swing ball set might be perfect for the job, seeing it already has the string attachment. Extra points for up-cycling!

C. Create a bumper on the garage floor. Our pictures show a bumper designed to take some stress, hence the reinforcing stays against the wall. This job will take some skills and the right tools for attachment to the concrete floor. If you don’t have the materials for this method you can purchase bumper mats and rubber wheel stops which will look better and probably take a lot less effort!

D. Probably the most basic hack is to add a marker or define a reference point that helps you align your car as you park. Tape on the wall, the light switch - park your car at the best spot then find a spot that you can line up to in the future!

 

Keeping

E. Some garages seem to collect pieces of wood in different lengths and widths that would all come in very handy for something, someday. A large trestle is the perfect storage caddy for these really useful pieces of flotsam. Add wheels and it can be moved out of the way in a stress-free manner.

F. A magnetic kitchen knife rack can be repurposed to hold drill bits and all sorts of other tools. It’s not only convenient, it can be placed in a really small spot and means goodbye to the curse of the dropped bit that always rolls out of reach.

G. A classic Martha Stewart stroke of genius. An unused pail attached to a wall not only serves as a hose reel, it can store the hose end pieces inside!

H. The noodle returns! The fishing rod keeper below is a great way to prevent rods from forming a rusted, matted tangle.

I. Pallets are a great, space saving way to store long objects, from sports gear like bats and hockey sticks to tools such as rakes, brooms and crow bars. The lengths of timber on the trestle in A. could also be supported by a pallet.

J. Bungee cords are a great way to hold balls in place as they can stretch for easy removal and replacement - sometimes the simplest solutions are also the best!

 

 

The Key to Happiness

K. Hello Lego remnants! How’s this for a dinky way to hang stuff? This method could work for small tools as well.

L. The tyre cubby hole in our picture hasn’t been used in a garage but it could be a great way to keep car parts and other odd-shaped items corralled safely.

M. Upcycling an old seat belt to make a key holder would be a great DIY gift to make! The garage isn’t a good place to store the car keys but this holder could instead house shed or under house keys. Not a bad place to hang a bottle opener either…

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