Its that time of year to get outside, be active, and get done those little home projects. Here's our contributions to a few DIY-projects in your garage that you may want to do this summer.
Install Motion Sensors
Motion lights are a safe and efficient source for outdoor lighting. Admit it, it's kind of nice to walk up to a home and have the lights turn on for you like magic. It's welcoming... and it's definitely a great security feature. Outdoor motion lights and sensors range from $30 all the way up to $200 and they come in all sorts of shapes, colors,and installation options. The solar powered ones are really cool. Sears even has portable, LED motion sensors. But if you're replacing an existing outdoor light fixture, start by cutting the power to the fuse or breaker. Remove the old light and disconnect the wiring. Install the new fixture and match up each wire with it's respective terminal: black (hot), white (neutral) and green (ground). Just replace wire for wire on the new fixture. If you're installing new lights, call an electrician. The whole idea here is safety.
Paint The Floor
Adding a little color to your floors can give your garage a whole new look. If you don't want to paint the entire thing, painting at least the floor will make it pop and give it a fresh, clean look. First, make sure the surface is clean and dry. Tape off all the areas you don't want to get paint on and then simply paint two coats using a latex and floor enamel in the color of your choice. This will be durable and won't have a strong odor or slow-dry time like oil paint.
Perform A Garage Door Tune-Up
Make sure your garage door is functioning smoothly by giving it a small tune-up. Coat the springs and the chain with a lubricant. You should also replace the rubber seal on the bottom of the door. Then, inspect the rollers and replace them if broken or damaged in any way.