basement

It’s a new year, so get cleaning!

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It’s always a good time to get organized after the holidays are over, the garage, basement and outdoor areas can always use a little TLC. • In an unfinished basement, use wire closet shelving underneath the ceiling joists. The added bonus is that you can see what’s stored up...

Mineral oil to the rescue

drain

A problem with basement floor drains is that the water in them can evaporate and sewer gases can enter your house.  What is the simplest way to prevent this from happening?  Put some mineral oil in the drain.  The oil will form a barrier on the surface of the...

Everything in its place

TipmanTim_ShedStorage

This is one of the best garage/basement storage tips I’ve ever been given. Take two scrap pieces of 2-by-4 wood approximately 16 inches long. Screw each piece into the side of a pair of wood studs, long side pointing out. Angle the pieces slightly up. You can now hang...

Clean up your garage

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 Get creative with your exposed studs in the basement or garage. You can put slightly angled half-inch pipes in them and store scrap wood.

Who doesn’t love a clean workbench?

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I like to keep my workshop pretty neat and clean. Once things start to get messy, it’s easy to lose important pieces. And, it can get dangerous. So here are some ideas for simple ways to keep little things organized in your basement, garage, shed, or anywhere that you...

Step by step

Painting basement steps presents a puzzling dilemma: If you paint from the top down, you’ll be stranded in the basement until the paint dries. If you paint from the bottom up, you have to work practically upside down. Next time, try this: Paint every other step the first day...

Fire down below

Interestingly, most people don’t have a smoke detector in their basement. If you think about it, there are more flammable items in your basement than probably anywhere else in your house. Put one down there!

Now they’re decorative

Get creative with your exposed studs in the basement or garage. You can put slightly angled half-inch pipes in them and store scrap wood.

Storage up above

Use wire closet shelving underneath the ceiling joists in your garage or basement for storage. The added bonus is that you can see what’s stored up there.

Hung up

This is one of the best garage/basement storage tips I’ve ever been given. Take two scrap pieces of 2-by-4 wood approximately 16 inches long. Screw each piece into the side of a pair of wood studs, long side pointing out. Angle the pieces slightly up. You can now hang...

A stinky situation

A problem with basement floor drains is that the water in them can evaporate and allow sewer gases into your house. Believe me, you don’t want sewer gases in your house. The simplest way to prevent this from happening is to put some mineral oil in the drain. The...