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Feb 25 2020

Securing Loads – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Miscellaneous

Securing the Load

No doubt about it, moving things yourself can save you money. Nobody wants to be “that guy” that has items flying out of the back of a truck on the highway. Below are some things to consider to have a safe and successful move.

First things first. You will want to make sure your vehicle is in fine working order. This includes proper tire inflation, including a working spare. Check the brake lights, signals and hazards.  Review your vehicle’s manual for load capacity. Inspect hitches, pins and chains and make sure that you are following state and local safety regulations for trailers and items that are longer than your vehicle like canoes and ladders.

Loading your vehicle and securing that load is of course just plain physics, that class in school that personally I don’t remember taking. An uneven or shifting load can cause a trailer to sway or create momentum to spill out or cause one to lose vehicle control. That said, place heavy, tall items up against the cab of your truck or forward on a trailer. It is recommended that 60 percent of a load be placed forward of the axle on trailers. Don’t forget proper side mirror adjustment, and you may need extra eyes to safely back up. 

Next, comes the securing part. Try to have two tie downs for each large item. If you are using nylon straps, practice to make sure you ratchet and lock them tight. Ropes work fine, but it helps to have serious knotting skills, and remember that some ropes will stretch as the weight pulls against them. Trying to cover a load with a tarp or blanket can be tricky but if you are hauling trash or brush, you may need something to hold it down.

Finally, take a test drive around the block, readjust and plan your route. Try to pick the road untaken where there is less stress of traffic. Try to keep your speed under 50 mph and take turns and bumps slowly.

Good luck!

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Jan 30 2020

Over-Sized Garage Plan with Lots of Extras

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Here’s an extremely attractive garage plan with lots of extras. It has the capacity to protect six vehicles or choose one or two of the extra-deep bays for boat storage.  Besides housing the family cars, this plan provides lots of space for storing classic vehicles, a fleet of motorcycles, lawn equipment, kayaks or quad-runners etcetera. There is a service room on the main level that can be accessed from both the interior and exterior of the structure. It leads to a half bath, laundry area and stairs to the second story. With its vaulted ceiling and attractive balcony, the second story presents a myriad of possibilities, ranging from a game and party room to a home office, hobby area, den or gym.  The first-floor service room lends access to  a half bath (pool bath and changing room) and delivers a place to launder swimsuits and towels. A quick trip up the stairs and your guests, now changed and dry, are ready to party or just relax on the balcony to watch the sunset.    Paragraph

Please use our advanced search feature to narrow the selection of garage plans to find one that fits your needs and lot.

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Jan 02 2020

Over-Sized RV Garage Plan with Three Tandem Bays

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This handsome garage plan sports stone accents and has the capacity to hold eight automobiles. How’s that for storing your classic car collection? Making it even more versatile is an RV bay that is lift-friendly. With space for a workshop, you are set. There’s even a covered porch for stepping away from your work to take a relaxing moment in the shade. Or… perhaps your needs include running a lawn care service or some other home-based business. Not only does this plan provide storage space for your equipment or inventory, it offers room to pull up a desk and create an office to go with it. But even if you only need to store your family vehicles, look at the space this garage plan provides for the family cars plus items like a golf cart, RV, four-wheeler, bicycles, scooters, lawn tractor, etc. The workshop space can be used for maintaining your fleet and DIY projects, or create an exercise room, hobby and craft room or potting shed.       

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Nov 19 2019

Tips for Heating Your Garage – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Seasonal

Wood Stove

A garage isn’t just a garage any more.  For many of us, this space doubles as an exercise room, workshop or hobby room.  If you are frozen out of your garage in the winter, here a few tips to consider:

  1. Insulate and finish the walls and ceiling just as you would any other room in your home.  Insulation can also be installed on some types of overhead doors. 
  2. If you have windows, make sure they are sealed and install shades or blinds to help insulate against cold air when the sun isn’t shining.
  3. Consider a heat source.  You may be able to tie into the existing system in your home or rely on a portable heater powered by electricity or propane.  There are systems that even heat from ceiling panels.  Perhaps a wood burning stove could fit the bill if space and local codes allow. 

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Oct 16 2019

Saving Money on Your Heating and Electric Bills – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Seasonal

Do you want to save money on your heating and electric bills this winter? Check out these tips.

Saving money on your heating bills in the winter always starts with safety. Have your furnace inspected, cleaned and serviced before cold weather arrives. The same goes for your chimney and fireplace or wood stove if you are using one.

Make your home as airtight as possible by sealing leaks around windows and doors.  Install shades and draperies to insulate windows.

A tapestry or blanket hung on a bedroom wall will help take the chill off an outside wall. 

Turning down the thermostat will save 1% for every degree it is lowered over an eight-hour period.

Shut off rooms or attic spaces that are not used often and consider a space heater for the area where the family gathers in the evening.

A humidifier will make lower temperatures more comfortable. 

Use cold water for laundry.

Use LED lights for holiday decorations.

Don’t forget to install fresh batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and if you ever smell a rotten egg odor leave your house immediately and call your natural gas provider from another location.    

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