July 24, 2015

5 Essential Tips for Storing Automotive Tools in Your Garage

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Who wants to see their garage floor again?

Whether you simply tinker with your car a bit or you’re a full‑blown car enthusiast and building your own car from the ground up in your garage, you probably have a few tools.

Making sure that you properly store your automotive tools is important for a number of reasons. First of all, you don’t want your garage space to become a cluttered mess. Secondly, you’ll want to know where to find all of your tools and be able to access them easily.

There’s nothing more frustrating than spending an hour turning your garage upside down in search of that one tool. This is why garage storage is so important.

The following are 5 garage storage tips to keep your automotive tools properly stored and organized:

1. Ceiling Storage

The ceiling is often an overlooked part of the garage space. You should use it to your advantage in order to save space on the garage floor and your garage walls.

A sliding storage system will allow you to hang bins holding your automotive tools from the ceiling and will make it easy to take them down. Just make sure that your storage system can hold the weight you put up and that it won’t interfere with your garage door’s operation.

2. Cold Storage

Odds are that if you are hard at work on your car, you’re going to want to take a few small breaks in order to enjoy a cold drink. Instead of walking all the way through the house in order to get to the kitchen, invest in a small fridge for your garage.

This way you can grab a cold drink whenever you want. You may want a larger cold storage unit if you need storage space for car batteries, since temperature control is required to keep batteries lasting longer.

3. Pegboard System or Magnetic Strips

Both of these solutions are excellent ways to store your tools in plain sight. Not only do they keep tools organized so that you can find exactly what you need with just a glance, they make your tools easy to access and put away, as well.

Magnetic strips are especially useful since you can just stick magnetic tools to the strip without trouble. When using a pegboard system, make sure the hooks you use will support the weight of whatever it is you’re hanging up there.

4. Zone Organization

To make everything as easy to find as possible, implement zone storage. This means dividing your garage into different zones to help keep the space more organized.

For example, having a zone for items you need immediately (which would be located near the entrance to the house), having a zone for items you use frequently, having a zone for big items and then having a zone dedicated to your workspace.

5. Heating the Garage

The garage is often unheated. This can cause issues during the winter, since the cold can damage some tools. The heat should be turned on for a while in order to warm up your power tools before using them.

In addition to adding heating to your garage, we recommend garage door insulation to keep cold air from seeping in and warm air from escaping.

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If you want to keep your garage heated effectively, you may decide that it’s time for a more energy efficient garage door. With over 1.7 million quality garage doors sold since 1983, Garaga products are an ideal solution. Browse the many options of residential doors available at Automated Door Systems, and contact us for a free quote for a door, and if you’re interested, installation and repair, as well.

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