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Feb 25 2020

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Securing Loads – The Garage Plan Shop

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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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Sep 18 2019

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New Project Plan Website Abounds with Projects – The Garage Plan Shop

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Attention handymen, crafters, hobbyists and DIYers! If you are like most of us, you may find that there’s always time to consider something new and exciting to enhance your lawn and garden.  Whether you plan on doing the work yourself or hiring a professional, you are going to want to pursue the myriad of projects available on our new sister website, www.theprojectplanshop.com.

We offer a wide variety of project plans including she-sheds, he-sheds, playhouses, dog houses, and even bird houses. Whether you need to build furniture for your patio, or build a patio, we’ve got it covered. How about a deck for the pool or hot tub? Surround your property with an attractive fence and gate and contemplate a decorative gate house for that stunning entrance to the family compound. 

Consider small backyard projects like an arbor or trellis for your garden. Think of how beautiful climbing plants will look, for example clematis, morning glories or roses. Or…. Step it up a bit and view our pergola plans. A pergola, you say, what exactly is that? A pergola is a structure that provides semi-shade while providing a place to allow vining plants to grow. Not only will you have a cozy place to entertain guests outdoors, you can even reach up and pluck some grapes to snack on or blooms to create a floral arrangement. Check out plan 072X-0024. The best of both worlds, this plan provides a storage shed with a seat and a pergola overhead. It is a great addition to any garden path.

Take some time to browse our entire collection of project plans to find something to suit your needs or complement your outdoor living space.

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Dec 19 2017

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Why Choose The Garage Plan Shop?

Whether you are hiring a contractor or doing the work yourself, when it comes to choosing a plan for a garage, carport, barn or outbuilding, The GaragePlanShop is the place to shop for blueprints. The website offers a multitude of plans drawn by residential designers and architects from all over the USA and Canada. Use the advanced search to browse the collection of plans by architectural style overall dimensions, or other criteria to find plans that suit your needs. Save them in your favorites for later consideration. There is even a gallery of photos from completed plans to pique your imagination.

 

Take your time to window shop from the comfort of your home computer. Each plan page offers detailed information about that specific garage and provides pricing for available blueprint packages. If you find a design that is close to what you need, but it’s not quite what you want, submit a modification request and receive a free quote to modify the plan to suit your needs. If you prefer to start from scratch, a custom design service is offered.

 

For those who have never built a garage or accessory structure, take some time to review the FAQs and resources to learn about stock blueprints, the building process and other pertinent information that will assist you throughout the building process.

 

With plans available for garages, garage apartments, outbuildings, sheds, barns, pool houses, workshops and carports, you are sure to find something to suit your needs and compliment your present home and structures.  So don’t limit yourself, take a look at www.thegarageplanshop.com, and discover a plan that will accommodate your needs.

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Dec 18 2015

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Holiday Safety: 7 Helpful Tips – The Garage Plan Shop

Christmas TreeSometimes we get so wrapped up in the excitement of the holidays that we throw caution to the wind. Thanksgiving is near and as soon as it passes, we go into Christmas mode. Now is a good time to think about holiday safety. These are just reminders for things you already know, but may get too busy to give your full attention. Take a moment to review and truly have a safe holiday.

 

  1. Smoke Alarms – Test smoke alarms to make sure they are functioning. Batteries should be changed twice a year. Make sure family members know what they sound like and what they should do when they hear them.
  2. Escape Plan – Review escape routes and designate a meeting place outside of the house for everyone to gather.
  3. Fireplace Safety – Keep the chimney clean and have it inspected. Use a fire screen to prevent sparks from entering the room. Don’t add anything to the fire. It is tempting to watch that flash of flames from discarded plates and cups or that big ball of wrapping paper, but don’t jeopardize you and your family’s safety. Someone should always be in the room when a fire is burning and put the fire out before going to bed.
  4. Candles – Like the fireplace, this is an open flame that you are allowing in your home. Don’t discount the damage it can do because it is small. Keep candles a good distance from other decorations and extinguish them when leaving the room.
  5. Cooking – Leave nothing unattended. Banish small children from being underfoot in the kitchen. Be aware that your holiday clothing doesn’t flow into a flame. Review how to put out stove top fires and have a working fire extinguisher close by. Unplug any small appliances that you are not using.
  6. Water the Tree – If you keep a live tree in the house make sure you water it every day.  Keep it at least three feet from any heat source. Don’t let the rearranging of your house to accommodate it, block any exit routes.
  7. Check the Lights – Check cords for wear and don’t run any wires under carpets. If your lights blink and they are not supposed to, discard that strand. Don’t overload your circuits and turn all lights and decorations off when going to bed or leaving the house.

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Aug 06 2014

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Tips to Manage Back-To-School Stress – The Garage Plan Shop

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School Bus StopThe end of summer vacation is fast approaching and it is time to get ready for the kids to head back to school. However, preparing for the upcoming school year can be stressful for your whole family. The tips below will help you remain stress-free as your family gets ready for the new school year.

 

  1. Who’s riding the bus? – If your children will be taking the bus, visit their bus stop head of time and determine the best walking route to the bus stop as well as go over who will be walking them to bus stop and who will be there to meet them when they get off the bus in the afternoon. If you’ll be driving your kids to school, determine the best travel route before the first day of school. Additionally, if you’ll be heading to work after dropping your kids off, it would be a good idea to plan your entire route from home, to school, to work and back again.
  2. Backpacks and belongings. – Before school starts, designate a space in your home for the children to store backpacks, school IDs, jackets, etc., when they get home from school each day. If they place their belongings in the designated space, everything will be easy to find in the morning.
  3. Establish a routine. – Having a predictable routine works well for kids. They know what is expected of them and what will happen next. Establish a routine for everyone in your family from waking up, to eating breakfast, getting dressed and heading out the door. With a predictable morning schedule, your kids will remain stress-free. If that are stress-free, chances are you will be too.
  4. Make time for breakfast. – We know breakfast is good for us, so make time to eat something before you head out the door. Breakfast staves off hunger, provides energy and improves mood. If the kids are energetic and in a good mood, they’ll be ready to start their days. Make sure you eat breakfast as well.
  5. Shop strategically. – There is no need to run out and buy 5-10 new outfits for each child before school starts. Instead, determine what each child has outgrown and replace those items or fill in the gaps with clothing each child will need. This will prevent overbuying and keep your budget in check. Additionally, only purchase school supplies on the list that is provided by the teacher/school. There is no sense in spending money on unnecessary supplies.
  6. Get sleep. – You cannot expect your children to stay focused at school (or you at work) without proper sleep. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Establish bedtimes for each child and stick to them. With proper sleep, your entire family will be well rested and ready for the next day.

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