That's My Garage!

September 27, 2010

The Flat Head

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It always amazes me how much longer projects take then the time estimated in the package or what you allocated. Case and point I am putting up new blinds for the windows. I was really happy when I opened the hardware and read the instructions: 2 brackets, 4 screws, no assembly, piece if cake! Wrong! The dreaded flat head machine screw…I for the life if me cannot understand the reason for the flat head. I am sure it was a great option when there were no options, but not today. It strips, it slips, it makes you bite your lip. Add to this an extremely tight area to put the bracket and you have frustration city. Couple things to take from this: 1. Tools tools tools. He who dies with the most tools wins. True!! 2. Professional installation is always better if the price is right. There has to be a perceived value. I always start with safety. If what you are installing is dangerous to you or others when installing or in the future I always lean toward the pros. Electrical and structural modifications come to mind. Example would be overhead garage storage that holds 700 lb over your car and kids. Unless you are in construction this is certainly not a DIY, no matter what they say. Give a call to Storage Overhead Solutions, a company that has installed over 26,000 units, for a professional installation.
By the way the blinds look great despite my lost love for the Flat Head.

September 16, 2010

First Impressions

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The theme of this blog is the garage is like our daily lives. In life we often will push off major decisions or stray from confrontation hoping it will go away. Similarly our garage is often our dumping ground for “stuff” we don’t need until we first cannot get our cars in there and then we cannot close the door. If we stop there we are not giving the analogy the proper respect it deserves. Imagine how you feel on those days when you have no lingering issues to deal with. No family decisions, work is great, car is paid off and your kids are straight A students. You are sleeping thru the night and waking up feels so much better. So if life is like a garage how much better would you feel if after a long day at work you come home to an organized garage that allows you to park your second largest asset inside. When you roll up that door for that 60 seconds you go from car to house you will feel good and hopefully give you a fresh start before you enter your home. Where the analogy loses steam is the very fact that you cannot always control life issues BUT you can control how your garage looks. If you live in Dallas, Houston, Seattle, Portland or the SF Bay Area contact otherwise you can DIY at

September 10, 2010

Left Turn Arrow

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I have heard this rant before but now that I have moved away from the city it has become a reality. Are left turn signals necessary at every intersection? I understand at major intersections but not on the smaller ones. Sitting at a red arrow when no cars are coming is ridiculous. I have heard of groups that just ignore them and just risk a ticket. In our age of lawsuits, lawyers and growing gov’t it is not surprising to see these bad decisions. Most left turn arrows should be left in the garage if you know what I mean.

September 8, 2010

Who is Murphy?

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Who is this Murphy law character and why does he always follow us when we DIY or DIO do it ourself. This weekend I installed a new toilet, do not ask! First trip to hardware store for plaster of Paris to place under toilet to make level. Ok I can understand but why not put that on front of box: tools and materials needed. Then of course the second trip was the water line was two inches short. But the topper of them all was the toilet seat that came with the toilet does not stay up. Really??? Come on American Standard the little things. Yes I bought because the box claims it can flush a basket of golf balls (not convinced) but the seat has got to work!

September 1, 2010


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If you live in California you would know that on a daily basis you are hit with ads and water cooler talk about recycling. You stand over three to four cans in work cafeteria trying to figure out what goes where. And you are shamed into thinking you are a bad person if you don’t do it right. In fact, in San Francisco you can be fined for not throwing food waste in storage can.
I have been trying to recycle a dishwasher and finding it is not the easiest thing to do, as far as convenience goes. Because let’s face it convenience is why recycling will or will not work. When I bought new dishwasher from local hardware store I was told to take the old one to their recycle location. Turns out that does not exist. Guess they were eager to sell the appliance. Looking online on county website I found many that charged for pickup. Finally a neighbor gave me a number of a guy named Juan that would come and pick up for free. I am guessing Juan does not show up in a green peace save the earth sweatshirt!

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