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

The New Craftsman Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener

Craftsman announced its new “smart” garage door opener recently, and while it’s got nothing on the Ryobi modular opener in terms of features, sometimes and for some folks, simpler is better. Like most openers these days the Craftsman Wi-Fi Smart Control Garage Door Opener ($230) is belt-driven for much quieter operation than chain-driven openers. The 1¼ … Read more

Watch One Guy Build a Three-Car, Four-Story Garage in Four Months

Adam Hadlock is a web developer, outdoor enthusiast, and father of two. He’s also an extraordinary doer—a designer, carpenter, welder, fabricator, photographer, videographer and, of course, car guy. Adam lives in Vermont and wanted to build a garage on his property. And build it he did! Having never tackled anything like it before, Adam set … Read more

A Simple, Elegant & Functional Workbench

When you’ve got limited space and budget, but need a strong workbench that isn’t part of a larger modular system, New Age Products has a solid, great looking, and affordable solution. Available in three sizes (48″, 72″ and 96″) and with either a bamboo or stainless steel top, this simple, yet functional workbench features a … Read more

Mini-Refrigerators for the Garage

There are a few great looking, full-sized refrigerators designed specifically for the extreme temperatures that are oftentimes found in the garage or workshop, like the popular Gladiator Refrigerator, for example. And while those are cool (pun intended), they’re big and upwards of $1200. Sometimes, we just want to chill a few brewskies for that weekend project. … Read more