Step 1: Clean and organize.
The ultimate DIY garage should be clean and organized, with ample work space. De-clutter that space by removing boxes, donating old clothes and toys, and adding shelves, hooks, storage bins or racks above the garage door to get items such as tools and bikes organized and off the floor. Outdoor pre-fabricated sheds are great for storing larger items, such as lawn mowers and grills, outside and under cover.
Step 2: Equip with the right tools/equipment.
Now that you’ve cleared your garage, stock it with must-have tools and equipment.
- Roll-away Toolbox
- Bench Vise
- Floor Jack Jack Stands
- Creeper $40 – $100
- Air Tools and Air Compressor
- Safety Items **
Step 3: Upgrade/Modify for the ultimate DIY garage.
Although not completely necessary, the following items make for a state-of-the-art, the sky’s-the-limit DIY dream garage:
- A coated/padded floor for cleaner, more comfortable repairs.
- All-around fluorescent lighting for a workspace that’s brighter and safer.
- A 220V outlet for the welder you’ve always wanted and additional breakers to prevent circuit overloads.
- A heater for the winter and ventilation fans for the summer. NEVER run your engine in the garage, even with the doors open, to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- A washroom for easy clean-up.
- A vehicle lift and higher ceilings…to take your car repairs (such as a complete brake job) to new heights!
Melanie Webber, mWEBB Communications, (424) 603-4340, [email protected]
Angela Jacobson, mWEBB Communications, (714) 454-8776, [email protected]
SOURCE U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc.