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Summer Garage Clean Out

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 @ 11:02 AM

It's that time again, folks. The kids are going back to school and summer is coming to an end...

It goes by so fast doesn't it? It seems like just yesterday we were giving you "Spring Cleaning Tips" and now it's time to clean out your garage from those summertime activities. We're sure you have pool toys, bikes, luggage, and various other summer items laying around your garage...but not to worry! We're giving you some tips for a summer garage clean out!

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Tips For A Summer Garage Clean Out:

Utilize wall space-Any hardware or storage supply store will carry specific racks meant for certain "toys" (i.e. bikes, scooters, skateboards, golf clubs) that can be hung on your garage wall. This gets those toys off the floor and out of your way!

Bins & buckets-Invest in several clear bins to store all that summer fun. Some of those summer toys, however, won't fit in a bin. If that's the case, purchase a plastic bucket with rope handles. This stores the item and makes it easy to find, too!

Tip: Consider color coding your bins/buckets according to season (green for spring, yellow for summer, orange for fall, blue for winter) to easily organize toys, equipment, decorations, etc.

Garage sale-Now is a great time to do an "end of summer" garage sale. If you need some tips, we've got ya covered! Take a look at our Garage Sale Tips.

Decor-Keep in mind as you put those summer toys away that you will soon be getting out Fall/Winter holiday decorations (yep, that will be here before we know it, too)! You may want to bring those decorations towards the front of you attic or storage space to keep you from having to search and drag them around.

Good luck with your summer garage clean out!

For all your garage and overhead door needs, remember your local Overhead Door! We are always here for our customers. You can contact us or request service here!

Tags: Cleaning, Seasonal

Tips To Turn Your Garage Into A Man Cave

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Thu, Jun 04, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

If you want to do more than just park your vehicle or store junk in your garage, then we have the solution for you! With Father’s Day just around the corner, moms and kids are thinking about what to get that special man in their lives. What better gift than a MAN CAVE? So many men out there dream about their man cave and having “the boys” over for some football parties, or even just to hang out and have a few drinks to relax from a long hard week. Some of you may have already started the process, but got stuck on a thing called “life” and just haven’t got around to finishing the man cave. Some haven’t even started at all, but have every vision in their head of what they want the man cave to look like. Well, we are here to help you and want that invitation to that awesome football party this season!

Cleaning

First off, you will need to get the entire garage organized and cleaned out. Maybe this is the perfect time for that spring cleaning you were supposed to do a few weeks ago, or even that garage sale that you’ve been talking about for a year now. Whatever it may be, you need to be able use as much garage space as you can. Turning your garage into a man cave will keep mom happy along the way with a clean garage. So, put those bikes on a hook, those tools in the toolbox, and those boxes to the garage sale pile and get that garage cleaned.

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Insulation

Next would be insulation. Now, you want the man cave to be a place where you can enjoy sports all year around, right? Having insulation helps keep you warm in the winter and cooler in the summer! One way to save money is by installing the garage door insulation yourself. You will need the walls, floors, ceilings, and garage door insulated. Garage insulation is expected to be on the lighter side of things, which is great! So, don’t worry about all your money going to that.

Lighting

The next helpful tip to turn your garage into a man cave would have to be the lights. You wouldn’t want to spend all this time and money on your man cave and not be able to show ALL of it off. You want to make sure your lights go with your style. Another little tip: If you have an attached garage it might be a bit easier to install your lights yourself. If you have a detached garage, it might get a little bit tricky, and calling the electrician might be the best choice.

Flooring

Let’s face it, garage floors were not meant to be comfortable. In fact, they are very cold/hot at times. Adding wood floors to your garage could give you “that look” that your man cave is missing. Plus, it gives off a more welcoming vibe, which will make your guests want to return and you holding the title for best man cave on the block!

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We have just touched base on the fundamentals of turning your garage into a man cave, so subscribe to our blog and stay tuned next week when we put the icing on the cake with painting and decorating. You are on your way to having your dream man cave!

Tags: Cleaning, Garage Door

Brilliant Garage Organization Tips

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 @ 12:08 PM

Spring is finally here and you've been in and out of your garage a little more than usual lately! You may have noticed your garage isn't quite as tidy as you remembered last spring…well, you aren't alone! Most people wish their garages were a little more organized, especially this time of year. Get your garage spring/summer ready with these brilliant (and easy!) garage organization tips.

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Garage Organization Tips:

  • Before you begin your garage organization project, make sure you set aside an appropriate amount of time. Depending on how big your space is, (or how big your project is), you may need just a Saturday. However, give yourself more time than you think is necessary. Designate a weekend solely for your garage organization project.
  • Begin by sorting the items in your garage into three piles: keep, trash, sell, or donate. Mark areas of your garage/driveway with a piece of tarp or chalk. What to get rid of: broken items (trash), outgrown toys (sell/donate), expired chemicals (dispose properly-trash) or anything you haven't used in two years or more (sell//donate). If you have a hard time getting rid of things, take a picture for a keepsake!
  • For the things you keep, purchase large stackable clear-plastic bins. With plastic bins, you can see what is in them so you don't have to shuffle through the bins to find something you're looking for! As soon as possible, donate the items you put in the "donate" section. Don't let it set around or it will turn into things you have to organize next spring! You can sell the things you designate in the "sell" pile, either online (eBay, Craigslist, social media, etc.) or in a yard/garage sale (stay tuned for our blog on how to prep for a garage sale!)
  • For items that must be in your garage (scooters/bikes, tools etc.) consider wall storage. By putting things on the wall, you free up floor space (and reduce tripping hazard). There is a wide variety of wall storage devices available at hardware or home improvement stores. You can hang everything from your bike to your tool set, all in an easy-to-see, organized space. Designate a bin for specific activities. For example, for baseball equipment, have a "baseball" bin. For craft supplies, designate a "craft" bin. This way, not only do things stay organized, but everything has a place. That means no more wasting time looking for something!
Hopefully, those garage organization tips will help get your garage tidy and organized! Not only is an organized garage safer, but less clutter is sure to improve your mood AND save time. Good luck and HAPPY SPRING!

Tags: Cleaning

Outdoor Spring Cleaning

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 @ 05:23 PM

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Ahhh, spring is finally here! After a pretty harsh winter, most of us are ready to get outside and clean up…but where do you begin? No worries, we're here to help in our outdoor spring cleaning guide!

Outdoor Spring Cleaning: Step 1

Start by pruning away dead or damaged branches back to their live stems. For stems larger than 1/2 inch in diameter, use a hand saw. Use electric shears to shape hedges, rather than hand pruners that prevent growth by prohibiting sunlight and air into the center of the hedge.

Outdoor Spring Cleaning: Step 2

Next, rake out dead foliage and fallen leaves from flower beds. After the threat of frost has passed, you can remove existing mulch to create a new layer for spring planting. Additionally, you can lay down a pelletized fertilizer for spring rains to carry it down to the roots of existing plantings.

Outdoor Spring Cleaning: Step 3

Compost yard waste for future use by dumping collected organic yard waste (leaves, cuttings, spent foliage, last season's mulch) into a 3ft x 3ft x 3ft bin. Shred leaves and chip branches to accelerate decomposition. Keep the pile moist and aerate it with a pitchfork every couple of weeks.

Outdoor Spring Cleaning: Step 4

Clean up yard paths and patios by raking escaped gravel back into walkways and crevices. Refill these crevices by sweeping in new sand or stone dust, water to set, and repeat if necessary. If pavers are out of place, remove them and reset the base material before placing the pavers back in.

Outdoor Spring Cleaning: Step 5

Patch worn wood by scraping old paint and sanding wood all over to prep for a new finish coat. This new coat can go on once temperatures go above 50 degrees. Rotten wood sections can be patched with wood epoxy.

There you have it, 5 steps to kickoff your outdoor spring cleaning! Keeping your home in good shape and adding to the aesthetic appeal when you can will only benefit your investment in your home. Happy spring from Overhead Door!

Tags: Cleaning

10 Thing You Can Do To Organize Your Garage

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 @ 10:45 AM

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  1. Add magnets: Magnets are a great idea to keep your garage tool area organized. Place magnet strips along the side of your tool cabinet to keep up with look screws.
  2. Repurpose your towel holder: A towel holder is great way to hold up your unused garbage can bags. Simply take the roll out of the box and place it through the paper towel holder. We suggest using a paper towel roll that screws into the wall.
  3. Tin Can: repurpose old tin cans by screwing them into the walls of your garage to hold the little things such as paint brushes.
  4. Bungee Cord: Bunge cord storage is a great way to use wall space rather than floor space. Place all your basketballs and footballs within this bungee storage for easy usage.
  5. Lattice Rack: If you have a lot of poles or rakes sitting around, insert a lattice rack to keep those household items organized.
  6. PVC Pipe: if you are not a fan of the lattice rack you can try bolting 4 inch cut PVC pipe to your walls. Insert household items such as rakes and shovels through the piping and you are officially organized!
  7. Hooks: Use of hooks around the garage are a great way of keeping track with the little things. This incudes to do lists, keys, etc.
  8. Baskets: use baskets placed along the walls to store extra groceries, paint cans, etc.
  9. Ladder hanger: make a ladder system to store your ladder away from heavy foot areas. The ladder can be a huge hazard for little kids playing around in the garage.
  10. Large hooks: This is a great way to keep your cords untangled and out of the way.

Tags: Cleaning

10 Things You Should Throw Away Right Now

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 @ 01:51 PM

 

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With spring right around the corner, it's time for some spring cleaning around the home!

Here are 21 things you should consider throwing away right now!

  1. Your dish sponge – did you know this is the dirtiest part of your kitchen?! We suggest throwing away and replacing your sponge every month. An easy cleaning method is to place them in the microwave or dishwasher.

  2. Your old shoes- We know we always have those old pair of sneaker hanging around to do the dirty jobs around the house, but how much are you actually wearing them? Toss.

  3. Those clothes you have had for years but never wear- these are great “space users”. If you don't wear them, get rid of them. Feel good about yourself by giving them away to Goodwill, or if they are nice, try selling them on Ebay!

  4. Expired makeup- toss.

  5. Hangers you've gotten from the dry cleaners- They may come in handy one day but for now just get rid of them. You will have another run to the dry cleaners later.

  6. Stacks of magazines- have you heard of Evernote? Download it now on your smartphone. Take pictures of the photos and ideas you wanted from the magazines and save them to the Evernote database.

  7. The half finished project- lets be real, it's not happening. Toss.

  8. Socks with holes- duh. Toss.

  9. Old paint- try using a little organization and save the old paint in tuber wear for easy touch up.

  10. Old spices- spices get old, so toss the old and in with the new! Check out Pinterest for motivation on new recipes.

 

 

Tags: Cleaning

Make Room For the Holidays

Posted by Overhead Door Permian Basin on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 @ 01:28 PM

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The holidays are right around the corner, and looks like you need some more garage space! With the extra food and guests coming in town, we know it is important to have everything prepared ahead of time.

Here are a few pointers to make sure your holiday season is nice and orderly.

Declutter

Minimalism is key here. Keeping clutter to a minimum can make your life less stressful and make your home much easier to organize.

Here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • If you are keeping things because you can’t bear to part with them. Unpack them and find them a place within your home. If they must remain packed, the attic is always better storage then the garage.
  • Go through your memory boxes. Try and create a pile to give away, sell and keep. Keeping the “keep” pile to a minimum.
  • Have one box per child for special things. This will allow you to sort through what really is important.
  • Think about how long something has been in storage. If it is too long, it probably means it needs to go.
  • Ask yourself if you could replace it. If you can, or it wouldn’t break the bank to purchase another it is worth getting rid of.

Cleaning

Once you have minimalized, it’s time to clean. Once you do this deep clean it will only be small maintenance from here on out.

  • Clean everything. Dust corners, wipe down walls, and vacuum.
  • Wipe down shelves.
  • Group boxes and minimal clutter by categories.
  • Don’t forget to label boxes for easy location.

Maintaining

Find a great time for you to clean. Weather this is right before bed or while the little ones are napping, having a set time to pick up can really make a difference.

  • Make sure to think twice before putting something away, do you really need it?
  • Put everything in the boxes they are supposed to be stored.

 

Make an easy checklist to make sure you don’t forget a thing!

 

And last but not least, if your garage door isn’t working properly in time for the holidays give us a call. Well make sure to be there to lend a hand. http://www.overheaddoorpermianbasin.com/contact/

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Tags: Cleaning

Garage Safety - The Basics

Posted by Bob weidner on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 @ 11:48 AM

 

Garage Safety – The Basics 


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Keeping the garage door shut at all times

Did you know the garage is a burglars favorite point of entry? Make sure you keep your garage closed while you are there AND away. An easy way for you to avoid leaving the garage open with children around is having a keypad installed. This will allow the children to type in the code without have to use a car clicker.

Also, make sure to keep the door connected to the garage locked. If for some reason someone does enter your garage, the worst thing that could happen is they enter your house as well. 

 

Lighting

Install automatic lighting around your garage door to keep unwanted visitors away.

This is also a safety precaution for your family members trying to enter in the garage in the dark.

 

Animals

A garage can be an easy “mud room” for your pets. Do not lock them in the garage without a way to enter the house or venture into the yard. Think of the garage as a car. It gets really hot with no air-containing running. 

Leave plenty of water out. A great way to give your pet access to the garage area is to install a doggy door. That way they may come and go as they please.

 

Storage

Keep your garage clean and organized. Objects can cause someone to trip and fall if they are just cluttered around. Ladders need to be hung horizontally so a child will no try to climb it. Robes and wires need to be placed along the wall to avoid tangling. And when it rains, sweep up afterwards, the smooth concrete can create quite the ice rink.

 

Cautious

A garage door is the heaviest and biggest machinery in your home. Watch for children, animals, and objects before you choose to close the garage. We suggest walking along the door line to insure nothing will be hit once the door comes down. Make sure your garage door has an automated system to stop the door when it reaches an unfamiliar object.

 

Fire hazards

Garages aren’t exempt from the rules of fire safety. With all the fertilizer, chemicals, paints, and gasoline, make sure you have a fire extinguisher on hand just in case. We suggest using a Class B/C fire extinguisher.

 

Tags: Overhead Door, Home Safety, Cleaning, Garage, Garage Door, Garage Safety

Tips on turning your garage into a gym!

Posted by Bob weidner on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 @ 02:24 PM

 

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Garage Gym

 

Clear the space.

You need room to breath. Whether you need to throw a yard sale or just get organized, a gym requires space. Look into hanging things on the wall or shelving to get things off the floor. 

Add some airflow.

When you are working out, you sweat. Add some extra cool air to keep you from passing out. This could be a simple fan costing no more than $30.  Or an air condition unit costing a handful but cool air is worth it when you’re trying to break a sweat.

Keep it organized.

If you have more than one machine, sketch out a floor plan. Design your workout room so it flows and there is room to move around. When your gym looks nice, maybe you will want to work out more.

Flooring.

No one wants to lie on the hard concrete to go their crunches. Invest in a small rug or carpet to place under your machinery.

Safety First.

Always remember to keep the air flowing. Whether that is the air condition unit, a fan, or the garage door opened, just make sure not to over heat.

Tags: Overhead Door, Home Improvement, Home Safety, Cleaning, Garage

End Of Summer Garage Clean Out

Posted by Bob weidner on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 @ 10:47 AM

 




Its time.

The end of summer is near and its time to clean out your garage before the cold season hits. The children are all back at school so it is time to get organized.
Here are a few tips to help you get started:

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Make sure you set aside enough time. We all know how messy a garage can get so make sure you devote a day, or even a weekend to get the job done.

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Get the kids involved. Try and make it a family activity, bringing everyone together. Plus it helps with decisions on what to keep and what to toss or donate. 

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Make sure you go through everything. You may have boxes full of junk that are just there to take up space.

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Use all your wall space. The garage is a great place to hang ladders, tools, etc. Hanging allows a lot more floor space with more room for your car.

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Turn it into a fun building project. DIY garage projects can be a lot of fun! Building a table or shelves can bring out the best in your carpentry self.

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Enjoy. Once it is all said and done you will be happy you did it. There is nothing better than a perfectly clean garage.

 

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Tags: Overhead Door, Home Improvement, Home Safety, Cleaning, Garage

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