Retro Tool Boxes

As I struggle to revive my own personal residential garage buildout project (which was put on hold due to other home renovations taking far longer than expected), I’m 85.573% sure I’m gonna go retro. I have very fond memories growing up in and around my grandfather’s Texaco station in SW Florida, which he started before … Read more

Is Hansen Global Toolhanger A Better Pegboard System?

I friggin’ HATE the flimsy, never-ending puzzle that is the pegboard system. Ugh. So, as I shop some options to organize my own tools for [the soon-to-relaunch-now-that-other-home-renovations-are-almost-done] Project Baker, I’m trying to find something similar to pegboard that isn’t pegboard. I actually have several , but I still have to deal with all those hooks and … Read more

Hands-On: STKR TRiLIGHT Motion Sensing LED Ceiling Light

Back in January, we wrote about the new from STKR. At the time, we didn’t have one on-hand so we only reported what we learned from our limited research. We also criticized its price but still liked the TRiLIGHT and wanted a few for our own garages. The good folks at STKR saw our article … Read more

A Central Vac for the Garage (Kinda)

As we continue to plan for Project Baker (I promise it’ll be kicking off soon, once all of the contractors are out of the way), we were looking for the best way to incorporate a central vacuum-like system in the garage, since I do a lot of detailing and whatnot. The house itself is already … Read more

A Water-Powered Garage Door Opener

Here’s something we never thought we’d see: a water-powered garage door opener.???? The Hydradoor, as inventor Matthew Okrasa has christened it, is currently a working prototype with an all-or-nothing Kickstarter campaign running until March 19, 2017. He’s looking for an oddly uneven $86,339 from backers, but to actually get the very first unit, you’ll have to … Read more

Buy or Build: Organizing Your Pliers

Ahhh the plier drawer. Many of us organize our sockets, drill bits, and screwdrivers but that awful plier drawer is usually a wreck. I try to keep my pliers all flat so I don’t have to dig through the drawer, but try is the key word there—I always end up just throwing more pliers on … Read more

Garage Door Opener Not Working? Check the Lights and Get These.

Last year, at our old house in Jacksonville, we installed a new belt-driven garage door opener. What a difference it made in terms of noise levels—it was so much quieter. Like most door openers, this one had sockets for a light bulb on either side of the unit. Naturally, since I’m a techie, I screwed in some … Read more

Big LED Light for Dark Garages… for a Price

Update: The good folks at STKR saw our article and sent a TRiLIGHT to us for a closer look. We made a full review of , please visit our complete review here. For decades, the vast majority of home builders have been installing insufficient, low-quality lighting in residential garages. The typical 400-600 square foot two-car … Read more

Repurposed 55-Gallon Drums as Furniture is Very Cool

As I continue to plan the Project Baker residential garage buildout, I’m leaning very strongly towards a modern-vintage theme, since I was born in 1970 and grew up around the family service station and cars in general. I don’t want to go full-on retro, though—hence, the “modern-vintage” concept. I do want new tool chests and whatnot … Read more

Turn Any Garage Door Into a Smart Garage Door

Over the past year or so, smart and/or WiFi-enabled garage door openers have been released from brands like Craftsman, Ryobi, and others. Those units, however, require you to purchase and install a new system for upwards of $200-$400+, depending on what features you go with. Wouldn’t it be sweet if you could just plug a little … Read more