Building a Garage 1 - Introduction Building a Garage 1 - Introduction
Intro - Materials - Foundation - Laying Wall - Positioning/Framing - Roof Framing - Sheathing - Windows - Siding/Soffit - Felt/Asphalt
These pages detail the building of a simple garage. Although not usually the project for a beginning do it yourselfer, with the advent of garage kits, including pre-cut studs, assembled roof trusses and metal fasteners to the home building market, even a novice can do it. Just think of building a garage as being made up of many, small, easily accomplished steps.
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As you exercise your do it yourself skills, develop safe work habits and stick to them.
- Work patiently. If you become confused, frustrated or in too much of a hurry, chances are greater that mistakes will be made or that accidents will happen.
- Read and follow the specific safety rules of every tool and material you will be using.
- Unplug tools when changing blades or making adjustments.
- Wear heavy soled boots on any construction site; rubber soles when working on the roof; gloves while handling lumber; and protective eyewear whenever power tools are in operation.
- Wear ear protection when using power tools as some operate at levels that can damage hearing.
- Tie long hair back so as not to catch it accidentally in power tools.
- Keep work surfaces and traffic areas free from scraps and debris.
- Select the appropriate tool for the job and keep all tools sharp and in good working condition.
- If an object is too heavy or awkward, get assistance in moving it; bend from the knees when picking up large and heavy items.
- Hard hats are recommended when working under or around overhead construction.
- Use scaffolding when working on high places. The added stress of manipulating heavy and unwieldy tresses and sheathing can cause you to lose your balance. Be careful where you step; move slowly and with caution. Be sure no one is standing below the work unless absolutely necessary.
- Be extra careful working around glass - one wrong move can cause serious injury and/or necessitate replacing a costly item.
- Use the proper protection, take precautions and plan ahead. Never bypass safety to save money or rush a project.
*Check local building code and permit requirements before beginning work.