May 07 2014

More Ideas to Enjoy the Great Outdoors – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: Curtis Cadenhead

Category: Activities,Seasonal

Enjoy the Great OutdoorsThe Garage Plan Shop made a New Year’s resolution to enjoy the great outdoors in 2014, and we invited you to do the same. In January we posted a list of ideas for fun and interesting things to do outdoors. Below is another list of ideas to help you renew your commitment to getting outside and enjoying everything around you.

  • Catch lightning bugs with your kids on a summer night.
  • Take your kids for a nighttime walk around your neighborhood with flashlights.
  • Visit local outdoor attractions such as the zoo, a botanical garden, or a natural area.
  • Visit a local park you haven’t been to before.
  • Plan a road trip and stop at national monuments, historic sites and other points of interest along the way.
  • Visit a Civil War battle field.
  • Drive one of America’s scenic highways or byways.
  • Visit a nearby park several times throughout the year and observe how it changes as the seasons change.
  • Learn to identify native trees, flowers and shrubs.
  • Learn to identify native birds and those that migrate and only visit your area seasonally.
  • Plan a weekend camping trip with your kids or friends to a new campground.
  • Schedule a weekly outing with other friends and take your kids to the park for a picnic and to play on the playground.
  • Fly a kite.
  • Stargaze on a clear night and learn to identify some of the constellations.
  • Take a boating safety class.
  • Take a class to learn about a new outdoor recreational activity like rock climbing, archery or scuba diving.
  • Take your kids apple picking, strawberry picking, to the pumpkin patch, etc.
  • Take in Mother Nature’s display of fall colors in a city, state, or town you’ve never visited.
  • Enjoy winter sports with your kids like skiing, sledding and ice skating.
  • Take your kids horseback riding.
  • Hike a new trail once a month.
  • Teach a child about an outdoor sport you love.
  • Participate in a charity event or fundraiser such as a walk or fun run.
  • Get involved in a neighborhood beautification project such as picking up litter along roadways or planting flowers at a community garden.

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Apr 22 2014

Featured RV Garage Plan with Drive-Thru Bay – The Garage Plan Shop

RV Garage Plan 008G-0005Check out this multi-purpose outbuilding plan. With its drive-thru garage bay, it is ideal for RV or boat storage and eliminates the hassle of backing your RV or boat and trailer out of the garage. The drive-thru features is convenient and safe while a vaulted 15’ ceiling and oversized garage door easily accommodate your needs. Two enclosed storage spaces provide plenty of room for storing camping and fishing gear as well as tools or lawn and garden supplies. Don’t miss the open shed area that delivers ample of room for storing large or bulky items that you need to protect from the elements. Add value to your property and that much needed storage space with this drive-thru, RV garage plan.

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Apr 01 2014

Protect Pedestrians with Safe Driving – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Driving Safety,Miscellaneous,Pedestrian Tips,Safety

Protect Pedestrians with Safe DrivingSometimes we become so preoccupied at watching out for the other driver that we forget how many pedestrians are on the road. Whether walking, running or biking, they may not be immediately visible or may accidently step or fall into the street. April 4th is National Walk to Work day. A greater number of pedestrians are expected to be using our sidewalks, crosswalks and road on this special day. Below are some reminders for drivers to help keep pedestrians safe on April 4th and every other day of the year:

1. Be especially alert when driving anywhere there are groups of people moving about like residential areas, school zones, bus stops, or near parks.

2. Avoid distractions like using cell phones or tuning the radio.

3. Give pedestrians the right-of-way. They are assuming that you see them.

4. Slow down when entering and exiting driveways and alleys. Take an extra look when pulling out of a parking space whether it is on the street on in a parking lot.

5. Be prepared to stop when entering a crosswalk area.

6. Use extra caution when visibility is limited at night or when it’s raining.

7. Don’t pass vehicles that have stopped for pedestrians.

8. When passing disabled cars on the side of the road give them some space. If you are not stopping to help, move over into the next lane.

9. At intersections, wait for pedestrians to cross. Look them in the eye so they know that you have seen them but don’t wave them to cross in front of you. Drivers coming from the opposite direction or from behind you may not stop.

10. If you see a ball or toy suddenly roll into the street, be prepared to stop. There is often a youngster close behind it.

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Mar 25 2014

8 Boating Safety Tips – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Boating,Safety

Boating SafetyWith boating season quickly approaching, even the most experienced boater needs to keep safety in mind before hitting the water. So, before you head out to your favorite river, lake, bay, etc., review the eight boating safety tips below:

1. Be Weather-wise – Always check the forecast before departure to make sure conditions will be safe for you to be on the water. If you notice sudden changes in the wind or clouds or dropping temperatures while on the water, head back to shore.

2. Check and Double Check – Make a checklist to follow before every trip. Include items like checking fuel lines for leaks and hoses for connections. Make sure the battery is charged and the fuel tank is filled properly. Check that all safety devices like a first aid kit, drinking water, life jackets, and fire extinguisher are present and accounted for on your boat.

3. File a Float Plan – Write down your intended departure and return times, your intended route, a description of your vessel and its registration number, and the names and contact numbers of all of your passengers. Leave this information with a friend or family member or the local marina in case of an emergency.

4. Designate a Second in Command – Make sure at least one other person on board is familiar with the operation of the watercraft, location of the safety devices, and boating safety rules.

5.  Know the Rules – Every state has its own set of rules for boating safety and certification.  Don’t limit yourself to them. Take a boating safety course. Seventy percent of boating accidents are due to operator error.

6.  Learn to Swim – Of course you need to have proper life jackets for all your passengers, and they should be worn at all times when on the water. Eighty percent of fatalities on the water can be prevented by wearing life jackets. Being a good swimmer will make you more comfortable in the water and increase your odds for survival.

7.  Vessel Check – Consider having your boat professionally checked. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary provides a free safety check for your boat and provides safety tips and recommendations.

8.  No BUI – Boating under the influence is dangerous for both the skipper and the passengers. Not only does consuming alcohol accelerate impairment, but most people have less experience on water and that increases the danger of accidents.

When you head out on the water with family and friends this boating season, remember to follow safe boating practices

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Mar 10 2014

Spring Lawn Care Tips – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Lawn and Garden,Seasonal

LawnmowerThe birds are chirping. The days grow longer. The sun seems warmer. It must be spring. No more hesitation. It is time to get outside and prepare your lawn for the hot days of summer. Below are a few hints to help you get started:

1. Rake – Using a lawn sweeper or a good old fashioned rake, remove accumulated debris like sticks, leaves and litter. Raking also helps to remove dead weeds and grass. Thick lawns may require a dethatcher.

2. Aerate – You can aerate the ground by poking holes with a garden fork. This is especially critical if you have heavy clay soil. This will allow water and fertilizer to saturate the soil giving your lawn a jump start.

3. Fertilize – This replenishes the food reserves that the plants use up in the winter months.  Apply an organic fertilizer or compost tea. This is accomplished by soaking compost in water then spraying the liquid on the lawn.

4. Weed – By using a pre-emergent weed killer, you give the grass a chance to grow tall and strong without competition from weeds.

5. Reseed – Reseed bare areas. Over-seed the entire lawn if it appears patchy or thin.

6. Mow – As soon as the grass is growing it is time to start mowing. Sharpen up your blade as a dull one causes brown dried out edges on the grass. Also it will tear out new growth. Don’t cut it too short. It is better to mow more often than too short. Keeping the lawn at a proper height, 2 1/2 to 3 inches tall allows the roots to fully develop.

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