HOW TO WORK IN A GARAGE IN THE WINTER

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Woodworker? Mechanic? Whatever profession you might be and your garage is your workspace, here are some tips you'll be needing this winter to keep the garage warm enough for work to be done. Normally working on a car in winter can be a chilling and uncomfortable experience. However, with a few tips, your work apron, and your tools, you can do seamless work in your garage this winter.

Tip 1: Eliminate the drafts in your garage with caulking and weather stripping to seal the cold air off your windows and doors. It wouldn't make sense having heat in, your garage only to have air slipping through window gaps. Also, endeavor to observe your garage door for the bottom seal because critters can nibble on the rubber and create holes.

Tip 2: Make sure you check the garage door specifically. If the garage door is getting old, you might want to change it this winter and try an insulated garage door. However, if you don't plan to change your garage door, you can purchase a garage door insulation kit and install it in your garage to make it warmer. You might want to wear your working apron for protection and safety while dealing with the kit.

Tip 3: You also need to decide if you'd like to focus on heating yourself or heating the entire garage. If you won't be working in the garage often, an electric shop heater is the best option but make sure it is of the proper size. If you'd be using daily, traditional vented wood stoves and wood pellet stoves would be a good idea to keep the garage cozy. They are not costly to maintain and are guaranteed safe once they are well maintained. Propane space heaters offer plenty of heat but the risk of hazards is quite high. If you must use a combustion-based space heater, you should always vent it to let out carbon monoxide.

Tip 4: Wearing the right clothing to work in any weather is in important. However, in winter, you have to be covered up a little more. A wool knitted beanie cap will cover your head and ears thereby making you warm. Wearing more layers of clothing is advisable but some people don't fancy all that weight. If you are one of those people, you should wear fleeced or flannel lined jeans. If you prefer a base layer of thermal underwear, high-performance moisture-taping fabrics will be ideal to distance perspiration from your skin. Some heated coats with high-powered rechargeable batteries can also help to heat you up. They mostly posses medium weight fabric and are usually light enough to wear under heavier coats in the winter season. It can take up to 30-45 minutes to recharge.

Tip 5: The concrete floor in your garage might be an issue for you this winter. Getting a battery powered heated insoles can make your boots a heated paradise. Recharge time can take up to four via USB, but the batteries can be easily exchanged. You can also go with heated socks.

Tip 6: Having the right set of gloves for winter mechanics is important but can be tough too. There's always confusion between concerns of glove weight and insulation. Gloves with 3M Thinsulate Insulation would do the trick. Heated gloves might work but usually, they're too heavy and can give you a hard time while working.

 

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