Firewall Separation

When the garage is directly attached to the house, generally accepted standards require a wall that is covered with 5/8 inch drywall with the seams and nails taped and covered with joint compound. If a fire were to occur in the garage, this type of wall construction is designed to keep the fire from breaking through the wall for at least one hour.

Electrical Outlets

Work done in the garage often requires the use of electric powered tools and appliances, and so the more outlets the better. Electrical outlets located in the garage should be wired through a ground fault  circuit interrupt (GFCI). This type of electrical circuit will immediately disconnect power to an outlet when the potential for electrical shock from water or moisture is present. This type of circuit can be wired through an outlet (or outlets) located in the garage or directly at the electrical service panel.

Service Door Entry

The entry door for the garage is often neglected and in many older homes may be in need of repair or replacement. This door is often subject to moisture damage and fails prematurely. A solid core steel door makes an excellent service entry door as it is less prone to moisture damage and when  properly locked, provides a high level of security.

Garage Door Automatic Reverse Mechanism

It’s bound to happen sooner or later; the garage door will close inadvertently and come down onto something or someone! For obvious safety reasons, an automatic reverse mechanism has been integrated into garage door openers. When the door closes onto something that it shouldn’t, a pressure sensitive switch will cause the door to automatically open up. Some doors also utilize a beam of light near the bottom of the door to achieve the same result. It is important to know if the garage door in your home has an automatic reverse mechanism and that it is properly adjusted.

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