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5 Tools Every Man Should Have In His Garage

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Whether you’re 25 or 75, having a properly kitted out toolbox is not only convenient, it might as well be a necessity. With the right tools, you can do almost anything, from building a cabinet to fixing your adorable niece’s old bike. You can also save yourself time and money by getting the job done yourself, and revel in the satisfaction knowing that you are equipped to take on any handy problem life might throw at you. Building up a properly outfitted tool kit can be expensive and overwhelming if you don’t know where to start, so here are the 5 pieces you need to get you well on your way to becoming the ultimate Mr. Fix It. Claw Hammer This one is a pretty obvious choice, because hammers are extremely useful for decorating, repairing, building, and even small demolition jobs. A solid 16 ounce hammer is a good starter hammer as it’s heavy enough to get the job done but not heavy enough to weigh you down during a project. Go for a hammer with a long lasting synthetic handle as wooden ones are easily broken. Phillips Screwdriver A Phillips head screwdriver has a four star point at its end that fits into the corresponding screw’s shallow, cross-shaped depression. This allows you to apply more torque than you could with a flathead screwdriver, for instance. Phillips screws have basically replaced flathead screws, so make sure you have a good set of them in varying sizes. Flathead Screwdriver A flathead screwdriver has a single blade that fits into the single slot of a flathead screw. Your dad probably had a few of these when you were growing up. As mentioned above, even though they’ve been largely replaced by the Phillips screwdriver, flatheads are still great for prying, nudging and scraping things if needs be. Crescent Wrench The crescent wrench is an adjustable wrench with a sliding jaw that changes the width of the wrench. So you can use the same tool on different size nuts and bolts. It’s essentially like having 50 wrenches in one and will probably be the tool that you get the most use out of in your kit. For this reason, it’s important that you don’t skimp on quality, so don’t be afraid to go for a higher priced model. Vice Grip Pliers These guys are your extra set of hands, as they can lock into place right where you need them most. They are also incredibly versatile tools that can be used as pliers, a pipe wrench, an adjustable wrench, wire cutters, a ratchet, or a clamp. Standard 5-10WR pliers are a good starter model for most stuff around the house and garage. Things To Remember When Buying Your Tools. Don’t skimp on quality when it comes to the essentials. Be honest with yourself about what you really think you’ll need, and consider renting bigger items you might only use once or twice. Most of all, be patient. Building a good toolbox takes...

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Winterizing Your Garage Door

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Winterizing Your Garage Door

With the cold, the hail, and the snow, winters can be a brutal time for the health of your house, and that includes your garage door. If your door is not properly sealed, cold air will rush in, chilling your entire garage and possibly affecting the warmth of your home. Depending on how cold it gets, this could potentially harm your car or other valuables. A little bit of prep to winterize your garage door now could save you lots of money and time by preventing costly door repairs come spring. Plus, it isn’t too difficult or time-consuming if you follow these simple steps: Check and replace batteries: Cold weather causes the chemical reactions in batteries to proceed slowly, so a battery that works fine in the fall and spring may simply cease working during the winter. That’s why it’s important to check the batteries in your remote opener as well as your garage door keypad if you have one. Lubricate Metal Parts: All metal parts in your garage door should be regularly lubricated throughout the year, especially the rollers. It is very important to do so, though, during the winter because the cold weather can freeze oil and dirt to the door tracks preventing it from being able to raise and lower. If possible, a specifically produced lubricant for garage doors should be used. As a last resort, WD-40 should generally get the job done as well. All greasers should be avoided, and the lubricant should be used sparingly because you want the wheels to turn, not slide. Check the springs: Inspecting the springs is also often times referred to as checking the counterbalance system. First, disconnect the garage door from its opener, then manually open and close the door a few times. If the door sticks or won’t move, it still requires further lubrication and you should revisit the last step. Once you’ve tested the door manually, raise or lower it until it’s halfway open, then let go. If the springs are working correctly, the door should be held in place. If it opens or closes very slowly, that’s OK too. But if your door slams open or shut when you release it, then your counterbalance system is off and you should contact a professional at Oregon City Garage Door to have it checked out and fixed. Check the Automatic Reversal Mechanism: This is an important safety component, and all new garage doors are required to have them. If you have an extremely old door that did not come equipped with one, we highly recommend that you have one installed. If yours is not working, try cleaning the sensor eye. If the problem persists, that usually means that the two sensor eyes need to be aligned. If that still doesn’t fix it, contact a professional at Oregon City Garage Door to have it quickly and professionally fixed. Insulate: Insulating your garage door is probably the biggest key to keeping the cold of winter out of your garage. First, choose the insulation that best fits your type of garage door: For flat garage doors without panels, foam board or reflective insulation typically works best. These insulations can also easily be attached with a simple adhesive. For wooden frame-and-panel doors, you’re going to want to cut and fit rigid...

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Top 7 Easy Home Updates

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our living spaces should be a comfortable reflection of our personalities and personal tastes. However, if you’ve been living in the same house for awhile, chances are that your decor scheme might need a little freshening up. A revitalized home environment is a great way to boost your mood and keep you from feeling stagnant, but not everyone can afford to do a full-scale home makeover whenever the mood strikes. However, here are a few easy home updates you can do that don’t cost as much as a remodel, but still provide a big enough change to make the space feel different. 1. New Light Fixtures Nothing dates a room faster than tacky, old fashioned light fixtures. Shine a little light on your living space by changing up your lampshades or overhead lighting for a whole new look. Lighting is one of the easiest ways to alter the ambiance of a space, so play around with different bulbs and fixtures to create the perfect mood. 2. Modern Door Hardware Old and rusty door hardware might not seem noticeable, but you’d be surprised at how the simple act of changing up the fixtures can spruce up a room. Replace broken and outdated door knobs and knockers with modern, classic pieces for a practical room refresh. 3. Fresh Table Linens The easiest way to overhaul your dining room is not by replacing your dining furniture, it’s changing your table cloth and linens. Adding a vibrant color or patterned cloth can instantly brighten up the area and make it seem more modern and appealing. Check out interior design magazines for your table-scape inspiration or try mixing prints and textures to create a decor scheme that showcases your unique personality. 4. New Bathroom Accessories Buying new towels, a rug, a shower curtain or replacing your existing bathroom fixtures is almost as good as a full bathroom remodel. By matching your accessories like soap dispensers, fixtures and even towels, you’ll create a whole new room for a fraction of the cost. 5. Unusual Accent Furniture Adding a new rug or chair to a room is an easy way to pull a space together without spending a lot of money. Choose something in a bold pattern or color to draw the eye and create interest. If you’re not sure if you can afford to buy new furniture right now, don’t worry. Make an adventure of it by scouring estate sales and flea markets. Thrifting is a fun way to find a great but affordable piece. 6. New Garage Hardware Since it’s really a part of the house per say, you’d be forgiven for neglecting the state of your garage. Old garage doors with dated designs can really make your home look shabby. Try replacing your current garage door with a new and more modern version. It’s a quick and practical way to improve the value of your property and boost curb appeal at the same time. 7. Lush Plants Bring the outdoors indoors and create an earthy paradise by adding a houseplant or two. One of the biggest trends in interior design right now are terrariums made with easy to care for succulent plants. They look modern and interesting but don’t require a lot of maintenance. They’re also are safe for all kinds of pets...

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4 Awesome Celebrity Garages

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Think about the first thing you would buy if you became rich and famous. It’s probably a car, or several cars, right? Well, when you’re incredibly wealthy with more than a few valuable vehicles in your possession, you don’t just want to park your car collection in any old garage. It’s not uncommon for celebrities to turn their garages in multi-million dollar showrooms, and since it’s always fun to see how the other half lives, we’ve found some of the most extravagant ones. Jay Leno’s Garage How many people can say that their garages are so nice, they could charge an admission fee and give the proceeds to charity? This late night show host is well known for his affinity for collecting rare cars and motorcycles, housing them in the 17000 square foot garage of his Southern California home. The space takes up two buildings and includes both a machine and fabrication shop, as well as a fully equipped kitchen. The garage is usually closed to the public, but recently Leno offered to give guests a personalized guided tour of his garage for a fee. 215 exclusive guests were offered tickets at $100 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Juvenile Arthritis Alliance. Ralph Lauren’s D.A.D. Garage The D.A.D garage gets its name from the initials of Ralph Lauren’s three children, David, Andrew and Dylan. It’s a fitting moniker, as this garage is something of the ultimate dad retreat. It houses all 60 of Lauren’s priceless vehicles and is just as stylish and comfortable as his fashion designs. The two-floor museum-like garage display the cars on white stainless steel counters under bright halogen lamps, with shiny black floors and white walls. This color scheme helps highlight the features of the cars. Not far from the stylish display area, you’ll find a small living area that includes an office, a library and a workshop. John Travolta’s Garage Shrouded in secrecy, it’s hard to know exactly what megastar John Travolta’s garage is worth. But here’s what we do know. This car lover’s paradise is located in his Jumbolair estate and the garage’s facilities can accommodate a Gulftsteam jet and a Boeing 707, as well as all the support vehicles needed for both of them. It also has parking space for another 15 vehicles. Don’t forget about the 1.4-mile runway leading to the garage. If that’s not lavish, we don’t know what is. Jerry Seinfeld’s Garage Three blocks away from his beautiful Central Park West home, Jerry Seinfeld stows his collection of 46 Porsches in a hideaway in plain sight. His garage is tucked away into a Manhattan side street and obscured by a nondescript facade. Should you be visiting this secret Seinfeld car cave, you’ll need to take elevator down to the subterranean garage. The space takes up three whole stories and houses his entire collection of Porsches. It also includes an 844-square-foot living space that has its own fully equipped club room, complete with a...

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Top 10 Movie Cars And Why We Want Them

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

10. The Infamous Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 from 22 Jump Street Slightly orange, much like Jonah Hill’s spring break tan in the film, this car is almost as impressive as Channing Tatum’s muscles.  It goes fast, catches bad guys and is a total hit with the ladies. Why we want it:  This is supposedly Channing Tatum’s dream car, and if it’s good enough for Channing, it’s good enough for us. 9. 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor  or  Ecto 1, as seen in Ghostbusters If you know who you’re going to call, the Ecto 1 is the car that will get you to them. While it needs a little fixing up, we’re down to ride in a car with Bill Murray any day of the week. Why we want it: It comes with a siren and a place to store your proton packs. Handy. 8. The 1948 Ford De Luxe Special aka Greased Lightning There are two different versions of this car in the movie. The white one that the T-Birds build and race, and the red fantasy sequence version. We can’t decide which we like more because who doesn’t want a car that comes with its own theme song and iconic dance sequence, right? Why we want it: It’s  “Automatic, Systematic, Hyyyyyydromatic…” 7. A 2008 Audi RS8, as driven by Tony Stark in Iron Man Inspired by Iron Man’s suit, the R8 is both intimidating and cool.Audi designed it to blur the boundaries between racecars and luxury vehicles, and those sleek lines seem to get the point across in a subtle and convincing way. Why we want it: There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be a billionaire playboy philanthropist when you grow up.  You might as well drive the same car as one. 6. 1966 Turquoise Ford Thunderbird  from Thelma and Louise Hardly just a girl car,there’s just something about this shiny blue machine that screams liberation and adventure. Truth be told, we’re also big fans of the young and foxy Susan and Geena. Why we want it: It’s the ultimate getaway car. Just don’t go driving it off any cliffs. 5. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California aka Cameron Frye’s dad’s Ferrari Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  is the quintessential 80s adventure movie that depicts teenage rebellion in the most fun way possible, and Cameron’s dad’s Ferrari is the symbol of freedom we were all looking for in our awkward high school years . The original car that was trashed in the final scene of the movie was just recently restored to its former glory, and will supposedly fetch a price of over $10,000. Why we want it: It’s built for joy riding and will even survive a jaunt with some unscrupulous parking attendants. 4. 1969  Dodge Charger or The General  Lee  from Dukes Of Hazard As much as the movie and TV show  left to be desired, this car more than made up for the franchise’s shortcomings. In fact, we might even go as far as to say that The General Lee is proof that a good set of wheels can keep a bad show rolling for six seasons and a movie. Why we want it: Besides the killer tangerine paint job, you say? That musical horn and all those cool race modifications seem like reasons enough. 3. Jaguar XJ, as seen in...

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Manufacturer Showcase: Wayne Dalton Garage Doors

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Founded in 1954, Wayne Dalton is known for their innovative ideas and tireless efforts to exceed the garage door industry’s highest standards. Their largest manufacturing plant is located right in the heart of Holmes County, surrounded by idyllic farmlands and quaint local businesses that are famous for their furniture, crafts and cheeses. The county is rich in Amish heritage, upholding its traditions of superior craftsmanship and therefore provides a perfect backdrop that resonates with Wayne Dalton’s practical values. As they continue to grow from strength to strength, the company remains wholeheartedly committed to developing new ideas into superior products. This forward thinking attitude has contributed to them becoming a leader in the garage door industry. If you’re looking for the latest and greatest, state of the art commercial garage door, Wayne Dalton definitely has it. Their comprehensive product offering includes both sectional and overhead doors, from aluminum to insulated steel. These doors are ideal for countless business types, including warehouses, auto dealerships and service stations. All products also come in an extensive range of colors, styles and materials to ensure you get exactly what you’re searching for. So whether you want a door to increase your business’ security , optimize visibility or maximize its thermal efficiency, Wayne Dalton is sure to have the product that’ll meet your specific needs and exceed your highest expectations. Look into their offerings on our...

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3 Great DIY Garage Organization Tutorial Videos

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

We all know that the Internet is just packed full of useful and innovative garage organization ideas. A simple Youtube search will pull thousands different results for DIY projects, and all those choices might be a little more than overwhelming. Most of us don’t have time to sit there and spend hours  trying to find the perfect tutorial for an garage organization  DIY project, so we’ve scoured the web  to find three of the most helpful video tutorial that will suit most budgets and skill levels. Whether you’re a master craftsman or a total novice, if you’re looking for a way to tidy up your garage-  you’re sure to find it here.  1. Hang Tools For Cheap This is a great video for DIY beginners who don’t have a lot of money or time on their hands. Hanging your tools on your garage walls is made quick and easy thanks to this simple tutorial from Tomahawk DIY. With just a few nails, drywall screws and some plywood, you can minimize mess and clear up some valuable floor space in your garage in no time at all. It’s perfect for the avid gardeners who have a lot of cumbersome rakes and spades lying around. TomahawkDIY’s entire Youtube channel is dedicated to simple and affordable home improvement projects, from repairing your own drainpipes to building a backyard swing set, making it a fantastic resource for DIY beginners.   2. DIY Garage Storage With Adjustable Shelves This slightly more advanced tutorial shows you hows to build a sturdy garage shelving unit for under $250, using materials from your local hardware store. Don”t be put off by the short length of this video- this project should take the average person about a day to do with the right tools. The great thing about this shelving unit is that the shelves are built to be removable, which allows for endless storing configurations. This will come in handy as time goes by and you inevitably procure more stuff.   3.Sliding Ceiling Storage Jeff, the man behind Home Repair Tutor is one of the most engaging and passionate DIY personalities on the internet. Every one of his videos is informative, easy to follow and of course, very entertaining. In this video, he shows us how to get the clutter off your garage floor and onto the ceiling, by creating a clever network of sliding overhead storage bins. If you’re looking for a storage solution that will keep things clean and organized, this one is for you. Best of all, it’s pretty cheap to make- with all your supplies fetching a price tag of just over$100. This is a great solution for families who have a lot of holiday decorations. Your garage doesn’t have to look like a Christmas graveyard anymore as the ceiling storage keeps them out of the way during the ‘off season’ but still easily accessible when that time of year come around again. Happy DIYing,...

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How To Add a Mudroom to Your Garage

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Are you tired of your children and pets bringing in dirt and trash from outside into the house? Are scattered shoes, coats and backpacks in the entryway driving you crazy? Don’t you wish there was a way to make cleaning and organizing your home a little easier? Well, there is.  If you have a little extra space in the corner of  your garage – you should convert it into a mudroom. Mudrooms are typically the buffer zone between the inside and outside of your house, and give you a place to wipe your shoes,  hang up your coats and get rid of trash before you come inside. The benefits of adding a mudroom You don’t have to mop the whole house down every time the kids and pets come indoors. If you suffer from allergies, a mud-room significantly decreases the amount of pollen being tracked into your home, so you’ll be able to breathe a lot easier. Mud-rooms act as extra-closet space and will de-clutter your home, leaving it easier to clean and more pleasing to the eye. Mudrooms actually increase heating and cooling efficiency by providing a transition zone. Mudroom elements Storage. Shelving thats reachable by all family members is essential. Pegs and hooks are necessary for hanging up backpacks, purses, wet coats, leashes and sporting equipment. Consider having a separate cubby for each child, with storage bins to accommodate their shoes and personal hooks for their backpack or coats. Add a laundry hamper so kids can discard their dirty duds on their way in. Mudrooms are also a great place to house your recyclables in between trash days, so purchase the appropriate bins. Flooring Arguably the most important part of your mudroom, you want a type of flooring that is non-slip, non-stick and easy to clean. Any garage floor should fit these requirements, although tile and concrete are typically preferred. If you are going the extra-mile and fitting your mud-room with flooring, chose a color that doesn’t show dirty easily as it is not unusual for this area to start looking a little grubby very quickly. Don’t forget to add a fiber mat or rug near the doorway so you can scrape off your dirty shoes before coming inside. Proper heating and ventilation Proper heating and ventilation greatly reduces humidity and prevents mildew and ‘soggy smells’. It also speeds up the drying of wet coats and shoes. Consider purchasing a small adjustable vent or fan, along with a heat lamp to help ease any wintery chills. Make sure all your doors and entryways are properly sealed to promote energy efficiency, and install doggy doors for  the household pets needing to get in and out.  Other considerations A bench or chair is convenient for removing wet shoes. Keep a pair of clean, dry shoes nearby to slip on. Hanging a mirror up in the area is also a great idea so you can take one last look at yourself before you leave the house and make sure you look okay. The mudroom can also be turned into a makeshift mini gallery where you can hang up all the kid-art that you don’t have space for on the fridge....

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4 Ways To Organize Your Garage Today

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Four Simple Ways You Can Organize Your Garage Today: When it comes to rooms in your home, often the garage is the last thing on your list to take care of. Unfortunately, this kind of neglect leads to disorganization which is an unnecessary source of stress. While there are lots of handy DIY tutorials available, many of them can be difficult and time-consuming. Since not all of us have the time or the energy to give our garages a full makeover, here are three easy ways you can organize your garage today. 1. Use The Tennis Ball Parking Method One of the best ways to keep your garage organized is to know where to park your car. Making sure you have enough room on all sides helps keep the clutter at bay and makes your life a lot easier. Since it’s not like you can mark An X on your garage floor,  the best way to find an optimal parking spot is to hang a tennis ball from the ceiling and use it as an indicator for an ideal stopping point. 2. Cover up clutter with simple curtains: If you use your garage as an office space or a play room, all the clutter stored up against the walls can look unsightly and feel uninviting. Solve this problem and spruce up your storage space by mounting rods on the walls and hanging up some simple curtains.  This will give the area a more homey feel  and also make  it appear cleaner. When picking out your curtains remember that solid and darker colors are preferred, as patterns can feel overpowering and light shades attract dust.  Check out department store sale bins and thrift stores for inexpensive options. 2. Recognize that renting is sometimes a better idea. While avid enthusiasm for your hobbies is admirable, be conscious of the space you are taking up with your tools. If your latest project is something that requires a specific set of equipment  that you  probably won’t use again, consider renting what you need from your local hardware store or online.  Not buying a new set of tools saves money as well as space, so your wallet and garage will thank you later. 3. Store balls with bungee cords If you’re an active person, or have kids, chances are that your garage is filled with lots of loose sporting equipment, especially sports balls. If you’d like a safer and more organized way to store them,  you can create supermarket style bungee cord organizers at home. Just nail some regular plywood shelves into your wall and attach the bungee cords. The balls are now much easier to get to and aren’t taking up as much space. If you’d like to add some smaller items, just add a few more cords. It’s quick, easy and even looks appealing, especially if you use multi-color ones. Hopefully these 4 tips will make your garage a better...

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How to Fix Your Loud Garage Door

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Garage doors often start out very quiet, but over time as the moving parts get older and wear down it can start to make a considerable amount of noise. There is no worse sound than having to listen to your garage door struggle to open as you are heading to work in the morning. Luckily, you don’t have to purchase a brand new door to get relief. At Oregon City Garage Door, we deliver the best garage door repair in Portland. We have written these tips to help you silence your noisy garage door quickly and painlessly. To silence your garage door, you should start by carefully tightening the nuts and bolts on the roller brackets, door hinges and tracks. The next step is to examine the rollers. A worn-down roller can wobble and cause a lot of racket, especially if it’s a steel one. If the rollers need to be replaced, consider purchasing special nylon rollers. They are more expensive than steel rollers, but they also make a lot less noise and last longer. The garage door opener chain can also be a source of loud noise. If it is too loose, it can cause the door to open in sudden, jerky movements which puts extra pressure on the rollers and hinges. Tightening the chain is quick and easy and will solve this problem. After you have inspected everything thoroughly, spray the hinges, rollers and tension springs with a lubricant, such as WD-40. Try opening and closing the garage door a few times to apply the lubricant evenly over all of the moving parts. If your garage door is still screeching and squealing when it opens, it is probably time to call the professionals. At Oregon City Garage Door, we don’t just specialize in garage door repair; we offer dependable Portland garage door opener installation as...

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