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Old 11-13-2012, 07:14 PM   #1
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Garage stopper alternatives - something to use as buffer to prevent drywall damage


Hi all, how are you doing?

We have a 2 car tandem garage. Just wondering whether anyone here has any good ideas to put up some sort of "buffer" (up to 2 inch thick I guess) to prevent drywall damage in the garage if the car was moving too close to the drywall when moving at low speed. I think we will buy some garage car stop from amazon, but just in case that it failed to stop the car and the car hit the drywall at low speed, we will have something to serve as a buffer and can prevent costly drywall repair. If you have some pictures to showcase that would be even better. Thanks!

And yes I have noticed the tennis ball trick on youtube....not sure if that would serve our needs though...

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I just use my ladder that hangs from the ceiling rafters in my garage as my guide. When my antenna contacts it, I know that I am far enough in, and not hanging back where the door will come down on our Trailblazer.

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A solution that is used in most garages, is 3/4 or 5/8 Exterior grade plywood painted to match the wall color of the garage, along the first 4 feet of the wall, placed just about 4-6" from the floor. Ply is hard to damage when you bump it with a car door, or stuff.
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And yes I have noticed the tennis ball trick on youtube....not sure if that would serve our needs though...
If the driver can't stop before the tennis ball hits the windshield then you have bigger problems.

I guess if you need a braille solution then a parking space stop would be in order.
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I mainly use tennis ball to drive in my car straight (have 2 garage doors).

To stop before hitting the wall, I measured and cut some pressure treated 2x4 in a double II shape (also doubled up where tires hit).

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I just fill my garage with so much useless junk that I can't put a car in it.
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My folks use one of them recycled plastic parking blocks.
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Drywall is cheaper to fix than car bumpers ... That said if its really an ongoing issue, you can get one of those concrete parking space things like at the grocery and pin it to the floor in the right spot.

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