Car maintenance is critical to protecting you and yours on the road, avoiding hefty repair bills, and extending the life of your vehicle. Rather than relying on a mechanic to do it all, many drivers like working on their vehicles at home. And whether you’re an experienced mechanic or a novice, one thing is true: you need a good garage that allows you to do your work effectively and comfortably. The Garage Shield has some ideas you should consider.
First of all, if you don’t have a garage on your property, you can still make a garage. If you decide to build a garage from scratch, there are a number of factors to take into account, such as size, materials, and whether it will be attached or detached. For instance, some of the most common sizes of the garage to build are 12 x 24, 14 x 28, and 24 x 24.
You will need to use many different materials for the walls, ceiling, and windows (e.g., drywall, plastic, vinyl, etc.), and you will need to weigh placement, attachment, detachment, and the overall design and flow of the garage. Make some sketches to see what will be most practical for your circumstances. Also, you have to consider what kind of garage doors to get. Lastly, consider getting door protection from The Garage Shield to protect against intruders.
Clean and declutter.
If you are fixing up your current garage, you will probably need to clean and declutter the space before you do anything else. This will give you a blank slate on which to create your car maintenance area. No matter what kind of garage you have, however, you will need to keep it clean and clutter-free on a regular basis so you can find everything you need and work efficiently.
Stock up on tools.
Now to the fun part: tools! You need to ensure you have all the tools necessary to change the fluids, filters, and tires in your vehicle, among other maintenance tasks. Here are some staple tools to have readily available:
- Basic toolset including screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, and sockets
- Air compressor
- ShopVac (or equivalent)
- Hydraulic jack and stand
Assess the floors.
If your garage is like most garages, it has a concrete floor. If left untreated, this floor can quickly stain from engine oil and other fluids that come from working on your vehicle. The most cost-effective way to address this is by treating the concrete with epoxy resin. SFGate says to keep in mind your floor will need to cure for at least 30 days before you apply the product.
If you want to add a bit of comfort and take the garage up a notch, however, look into adding floor tiles. Per All Garage Floors, tiles will cost anywhere from $1.90 to $3.00 per square foot, depending on which type you select.
Boost the lighting.
Lighting is critical when it comes to working on your vehicle safely and effectively. The best kind of lighting to install in your garage, if it isn’t already installed, is fluorescent lighting on the ceiling. That way, you will be able to see clearly at all times, no matter what time of day it is—and whether your garage doors are open or closed. Also, be sure to get some LED headlamps for working underneath your vehicle and in the engine bay.
Being able to service your vehicle from home definitely has its perks, but you need a good garage to do it effectively. If you don’t have a garage, consider building one from scratch — not only will it be a wonderful addition to your home, but this improvement could also add value to your property! Be sure to clean and declutter your space, and try to keep it that way at all times. Moreover, make sure you have all the tools you need, and get the proper kinds of floors and lighting. In no time, you’ll be servicing your vehicles from the comfort of your own home!
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