As we spend more time indoors thanks to the scourge that is COVID-19, you may be considering turning your garage into a usable living space to help give the family a little more space. This often-overlooked space, can often easily be converted into an extra bedroom, rumpus room, family room or even a home gym. The possibilities are endless, but first, you’ll need to get the bones of the room ship-shape ready for habitation.
It is not uncommon for plasterboard on garage ceilings to sag over time. For a quick fix use some adjustable props. These work well with an aluminium plank, which will push the plasterboard back up into contact with the joists so that it can secured into place again.
However, if the ceiling is past the point of repair, you’ll need to pull down the damaged sheets and replace them. Lifting panels of plasterboard can be a job which requires two or three people as they are both heavy and awkward. In this circumstance a Panel Lifter is invaluable as it makes it easy for one person to do the work of three and reduces the chance of the plasterboard cracking when being lifted it into place.
Securing the plasterboard sheets, new or existing, is easily accomplished with an Auto Feed Cordless Screwdriver. Just put the nose of the screwdriver into position, push into the sheet and squeeze the trigger. All three of these items are available for hire at Centenary Hire. While you wouldn’t want to go out and buy all these tools for a single DIY job, you can hire them for the length of time you need at a very small fraction of the cost to buy them.
One big room, or a couple of smaller ones?
The average Australian garage is generally a reasonably large room, after all its usually where our car/s sleep. So if your plans include not just one big room, but a subdivision of the space into smaller rooms, then it may be worthwhile getting some assistance to ensure it’s all done to legal code.
However, if you’re working with existing walls that need a splash of colour, we can help. To apply the paint quickly and evenly, check out our Electric Airless Spray units. Your paint provider will be familiar with this equipment and will be able to best advise you of the type and quantity of paint to purchase for the job. And don’t forget, when winter finally hits, you may need a powerful Space Heater that will help the new coating to apply within the correct temperature range and dry faster. The quicker it dries, the sooner you can move onto the next part of the project.
Let’s talk floors
Carpet or tiles, painted concrete, epoxy or even floor boards. Whichever look you’re going for, it’s likely that your garage floor will need some attention, and probably from a concrete floor grinder. If you already have bare concrete then a low speed Floor Grinder & Vacuum Kit will most likely do. If the concrete is badly stained, painted or has another coating on it, then you’ll most likely need to use a more aggressive grinder like the Meteor Floor Grinder & Vacuum Kit. However for smaller areas or obstructed areas, you may be able to use a smaller hand held grinder like the 175mm Surface Grinder & Vacuum Kit.
These are the tools any experienced tradesperson or handyman would use on the job and at Centenary Hire we are happy to offer them for hire so that you can use the right tool for the job. Give us a call, we’d be happy to show you what we have in stock and which tools you may need and in what order. That is what we’re here for and again, we’re happy to help.
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