What is in Your Garage?

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What is in Your Garage?

Postby Barbie » Sun Sep 02, 2007 2:31 am UTC

Our garage at home has been overflowing with boxes for years. To the point that it's embarassing. My parents went on vacation this week, so my sister and I decided to take the opportunity to get rid of some of the junk. We made a slightly disturbing discovery: There is really nothing stored in our garage.

The first boxes we opened were full of styrofoam. They'd been unpacked of their contents, re-packed with their styrofoam inserts, and then stacked, uncollapsed, in the garage. Then there was a whole series of boxes packed full of other boxes, nesting doll style. There were two boxes of empty jars, and one box of empty plastic containers. We also had quite a few bags of empty bottles, not to mention bags of empty bags.

My parents are clearly insane.

The guy who came to pick up our junk had probably never picked up so much packing material in his whole carreer.

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Postby schumi_girl » Sun Sep 02, 2007 2:33 am UTC

Cars. Three cars and a work bench. Also Christmas decorations. And two pogo sticks and some roller blades.


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Postby Kawa » Sun Sep 02, 2007 2:34 am UTC

My car, my dad's tools, car cleaning stuff, some extra bottled water, a step ladder, a collapsible table, some collapsible chairs, large cleaning tools (like mops/the Swiffer/the vacuum), some empty pails.

We only got the house two years ago and I only started living here full time two weeks ago, so no time to fill things up yet.
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Postby Klye » Sun Sep 02, 2007 3:21 am UTC

My family probably has the most untypical garage of all time.

Basic list of contents:
-11 Bicycles
-Tools

The garage is carpeted, heated, and has several posters of scantily clad women advertising spark plugs prominently displayed on the cieling.
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Postby Amnesiasoft » Sun Sep 02, 2007 3:22 am UTC

I haven't got a clue about everything in our garage, but I know there's a motorcycle in there...somewhere.

Ok, just do this, imagine you took the entire stock of Home Depot and managed to fit it in a two car garage. (except it didn't fit so you also filled up an extended bed Ram 3500...and still needed more room so you filled up a box truck with even more stuff)

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Postby EvanED » Sun Sep 02, 2007 3:29 am UTC

My garage has nothing inside it, because it doesn't exist. ;-)

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Postby Shadow Tyrant » Sun Sep 02, 2007 3:31 am UTC

We don't have a garage.

Hell, we barely have a house. >_>
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Postby Insignificant Deifaction » Sun Sep 02, 2007 3:57 am UTC

-Vehicles (don't make me tell you the models)
-Construction corner, for repairs and cleaning about the place.
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Postby Oort » Sun Sep 02, 2007 4:07 am UTC

2 cars.

3 huge bookcases (with books).

Gym-like room.

Power tools.

And most of all, junk. Lots and lots of it.

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Postby Castaway » Sun Sep 02, 2007 4:09 am UTC

EvanED wrote:My garage has nothing inside it, because it doesn't exist. ;-)

I don't have one either...
You've just lost twenty dollars and my self respect.

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Postby Okita » Sun Sep 02, 2007 6:28 am UTC

Man, don't get me started about garages. My parents garage is something of an sub-paranormal phenomenon. It's sometimes gotten so full that we had trouble fitting the car inside. Basically, sometimes when Dad is at work, he needs a tool but doesn't have the time to go home and get it. So he buys a new one and charges it to the company (he gets a company car and free gas too. sweet!). Anyway, he keeps the extra tools so the garage is full of the stuff.

Actually there's boxes upon boxes upon boxes of various gizmos and gadgets and widgets and sprockets. Screws and bolts of various sizes, several ladders, various types of glue, pieces of wood, heavy duty machinery.

I used to joke that it looked like a bomb had blown up inside/ Dad was secretly building a bomb inside all that joke/ the bits and pieces of what was in the mess of the garage could build an explosive. Now that I'm older and know more about how good an engineer my father is... I don't make that joke anymore.

Someday, my parents will move out of the house and then we're all going to have to find a way to organize, move, and throw out all that crap. Can't throw it all out because there's quite a lot of expensive parts in there that could be sold for a lot of money... if only we could find them.
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Postby Shizo » Sun Sep 02, 2007 6:33 am UTC

I have a few boxes in my neighbor's garage.
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Postby __Kit » Sun Sep 02, 2007 6:53 am UTC

Also a crap load of nothingness, a lot of work tools, lots of animal food, and old books, etc. our house, my brothers room/ rumpus room and our storage room have even more crap, my parents are hoarders.
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Postby Alpha Omicron » Sun Sep 02, 2007 2:11 pm UTC

Couch, foosball table, three or four TVs with game consoles, fridge, etc. It's not as nice as it sounds though.
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Postby bbctol » Sun Sep 02, 2007 3:26 pm UTC

2 cars, tons of bikes, random stuff. The best part is that the garage has a sloped roof from the outside, but a flat roof from the inside. When I was ten, I figured out how to get into that crawl space, and it's a great place to hang out.

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Postby Toeofdoom » Sun Sep 02, 2007 4:01 pm UTC

lots of cupboards, boxes, old crap, more old crap, and some bicycles. anyway why do we call them cupboards when cupboard would imply just like, a board you put cups on? Only we'd call that a shelf... wierd.
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Postby yelly » Sun Sep 02, 2007 4:01 pm UTC

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Postby Cassi » Sun Sep 02, 2007 4:22 pm UTC

No garage here: not exactly a typical feature of a terraced house.

My dad's garage, however, is absolutely massive -- I'm not entirely sure it can be considered a garage, to be honest. It's bigger than this house, certainly...

It's full of junk, obviously. There's enough empty space for one of the cars to come in when he needs to work on it (usually), but that's about it.

Most of it is stuff from his parents' house that his dad/brother wouldn't get rid of when his mum died, but as they were moving from a large old 3 bedroom Victorian house into a trailer, they didn't exactly have space for it all.

It used to terrify me when I was younger. I was convinced there were things living under all the piles of stuff. (To be fair, there probably were...)

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Postby Pixel » Sun Sep 02, 2007 7:58 pm UTC

In the garage is (off the top of my head):

A fridge (non-working, I store chemicals on top of it), engine hoist, engine stand (with a ford 144 engine bolted onto it, and a merc-o-matic transmission strapped to the bottom support), rolling tool box, '64 Comet rear diff, welder, shelves full of car parts, four rims/tires off a junked subaru, one ford mustang rim, one VW beetle rim, '61 Comet rear door, box fan, pile of 50's Reader's Digests, and a ton of other stuff I can't recall now.

And alternately (because only one fits at a time) there is my 1962 Mercury Comet, my 1967 VW Beetle or my Subaru Outback.

In my basement I have:
A police lighbar (real & working), the outside sheetmetal skin of my old artcar, a rocket engine roof sculpture from another artcar, a bunch of a friend's Nova parts, a '57 Chevy front bumper, various Comet grilles & bumpers, a 5' psychedelically painted spaceman, pirate flag, typewriter, jerry cans, hearse landau bars, drive-in speakers, two custom bicycles, another Comet door, an old steamer trunk...

And now you see why I dread the fact we need to move in the next month or so.
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Postby wing » Sun Sep 02, 2007 11:46 pm UTC

We have no garage. However, we are in the habit of constructing outbuildings in the various tree/bush/gedge banks that make up our property, and utilizing obsoleted vehicles as on-property (and trans-property, since we border several farms with farmers who allow us to use their grounds for... Recreational activities during the winters)

Here's the basic breakdown:

House #1 (Main living) Basement:
Computer equipment. My office. My furniture. Electrical panels 3-6. Workbench for all the mechanical stuffs that need to be done. Well access. Water heater #2. Water distribution manifolds #1 and 2. Water main to House #2. CATV distribution panel #2. Phone distribution panel #2. Core network stack. All the tools. Weapons and ammunition cache.

House #2 (Guest, soon to me MINEEEEE) Basement:
More computer equipment. Electrical panels 1-3. CATV Panel #1. Phone panel #1. Auxiliary network stack (Including modems and routers). Water distribution manifold #3. Water heater #1. Sewing station. Chest freezer. Misc. storage.
The good bicycles.

"The Shed" (It's 2 stories, and would pass for a house if it were in better condition and had windows. Really cool metal roof. Floor even with ground level):
Sleds (of all description): 4
Lawnmowers (of all description): 3
Lumber: TONS.
Electrical distribution panel #7.
Misc rusty old garden tools and shovels and stuff.
Crappy old bikes.

"The Other Shed" (Identical exterior to "The Shed" but on the interior, it's got a dug-out pit for working on cars.):
More lumber.
Electrical distribution panel #8.
Yet another lawnmower.
Amusingly, no tools.

"The Other Shed. No, the little one" (Interesting construction, built entirely around old shipping pallets with particleboard tacked on, and some spare asphalt shingles up top. Two doors on the front, opening into two small, closet-like "rooms". Raised above the ground.)
Half 1: Old athletic equipment (baseball stuff, rusty golf clubs, deflated balls...)
Half 2: Shovels, rakes, garden tools, etc. Also, gasoline, diesel, and kerosene.

"The Other Shed. No, the open one." (Similar construction to the previous, but one wall is missing allowing easy roll-in/out of materials. It isn't very secure, and definitely isn't waterproof.)
Bikes.
The lawnmower that we actually use!
Misc. tools, fluids, etc.

1988 GMC Vandura 2500 conversion van (Engine has a dragging bearing, no longer registered for road use)
Misc. tools.

1977 GMC Sierra Grande 2500 pickup truck (Whole damned thing is rusted out. Major damage from tree collision that was repaired with duct tape. No exhaust system. Insanely powerful motor, though. No longer registered for road use).
Trees and other natural lumber. Various things that have fallen victim to mysterious explosions and hails of gunfire.
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Postby parkaboy » Sun Sep 02, 2007 11:49 pm UTC

I dont have a garage. i have 4 closets, but no discernable bedroom, and certainly no garage. (studio apartment)

my closets are filled with clothes, coats, arts and crafts boxes, old computer components, empty software boxes, towels, linens and implements of dirt destruction (cleaning supplies)

and about 3 tool boxes.
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Postby Castaway » Mon Sep 03, 2007 12:11 am UTC

If I had a garage, I would probably use it to make moonshine.
You've just lost twenty dollars and my self respect.



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Postby Barbie » Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:26 am UTC

It seems like our garages may be manifestations of our eccentricities (or our parents' eccentricities in many cases). The products of our weirdness just seem to accumulate there.

Scary thing is, I've already started collecting containers like my parents. I always keep little boxes and little bottles. This has been an eye opening experience for me. Right now it's innocent, but it could slowly turn into a whole garage full of empty containers. Any empty boxes, bottles, bags or jars that I have kept need to go... I just don't know how I can bring myself to throw them out :oops:

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Postby Shizo » Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:33 am UTC

If I used my neighbor's garage, I'd probably set up a meth lab. Then report them to the police. I hate my neighbor.
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Postby Gadren » Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:42 am UTC

Being in a college dorm, I don't have a garage, but back in my parents' house, there was a giant, 5-ft-diameter, paper mache ball. I made it one summer, planning to paint the continents of a "constructed world" I was working on. I made the ball, but it wasn't thick enough... and then I suddenly lost interest in the project. One of those strange things, where the conworld project had so dominated my thoughts for years, then almost overnight I became permanently burned-out.

OK, I'm going off-topic. There's also a bunch of bikes on the wall that make it very difficult for my mom to get in her car, but she refuses to get rid of them even though they haven't been used in years. "Just in case," she says. O_o

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Postby Bakemaster » Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:49 am UTC

Castaway wrote:If I had a garage, I would probably use it to make moonshine.

Please tell me you would be constructing a device that made artificial moonlight.
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Postby arbivark » Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:16 am UTC

Boxes. Shovels and such. tools. a wheelhorse lawn tractor, needs fan belt.
wooden columns salvaged from a torn down house. a ladder, couch shelves, washer dryer (works) organ (doesn't) more boxes, lotsa pcv pipe for making padded weapons,
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greg, the crackhead mechanic.
He won't leave, and he won't pay rent, so we have a deal going where he fixes my cars... it works out ok.

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Postby Mouffles » Mon Sep 03, 2007 10:57 am UTC

There is so much stuff in my garage that the car *doesn't* fit. It has been parked in the driveway for about the last month.
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Postby semicolon » Mon Sep 03, 2007 11:28 am UTC

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Tons of these.

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Postby Chromana » Mon Sep 03, 2007 12:02 pm UTC

Tools (gardening and DIY)
Paint cans
Spare fridge
Bikes
Boxes waiting to be recycled
Table
Other interesting stuff that no one would care to hear about

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Postby Barbie » Mon Sep 03, 2007 11:55 pm UTC

Gadren wrote:Being in a college dorm, I don't have a garage, but back in my parents' house, there was a giant, 5-ft-diameter, paper mache ball.

I'm pretty sure you have to post a picture of that.
There's also a bunch of bikes on the wall that make it very difficult for my mom to get in her car, but she refuses to get rid of them even though they haven't been used in years. "Just in case," she says. O_o

Garages exist for the sake of "Just in case" items.

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Postby Gadren » Tue Sep 04, 2007 12:03 am UTC

Barbie wrote:
Gadren wrote:Being in a college dorm, I don't have a garage, but back in my parents' house, there was a giant, 5-ft-diameter, paper mache ball.

I'm pretty sure you have to post a picture of that.


I think I had my parents throw it out, since I was getting irked about the lack of space in that garage. :P

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Postby Emmaskillz » Thu Sep 06, 2007 1:07 am UTC

Our garage is just full of shit. I don't even know exactly what's in there but the contents include a couch, a blue fridge, a table, a bed frame, sevral bikes that are not usable, firewood and various boxes and bags of just stuff.

My mum is a hoarder, it's ridiculous.

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Postby Isaac Hill » Thu Sep 06, 2007 4:05 am UTC

I just moved in a few months ago, so my garage is mostly empty. The few things it does contain are:

* a fully functional electric lawn mower
* a mostly functional gas lawn mower. The engine still works, depsite being 15+ years old, but the handle is broken so it's very difficult to push
* a ladder that I bought to hand a dogs playing poker tapestry over my door
* an old computer that I smashed with a crowbar after getting sick of putting up with its crap
* a crowbar
* an extra screen door that was there when I moved in.

I never had a large paper-mache anything. However, when I was in high school, I made a pyramid out of empty soda cans in my parents' basement. At its largest, the base was 19 cans by 19. The next layer up was 18 by 18, and so on until the single can at the top. I made the entire outside out of orange soda cans.

When I would add a layer, I would take the outer orange soda can layer off, add a the mixed cans, then put the orange soda layer back so it would like all one type of soda can. My parents made me take it down when the water heater needed repair, because it was in the way. I smashed it with a bat and it made a fairly long lasting crash.

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Postby EvanED » Thu Sep 06, 2007 4:17 am UTC

Isaac Hill wrote:* an old computer that I smashed with a crowbar after getting sick of putting up with its crap
* a crowbar


Coincidence?

I think not.

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Postby Phi » Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:25 am UTC

I have about ten of these. I'm scared of them, too...

A Ford Explorer, a work-out bench thing, a tread-mill, a TV (hanging), a Ladder, misc. tools, a workbench, a bigfuck freezer, a fridge/freezer combo, spraypaint, fold-out beds, a table on the wall, water heater, rat trap, public telephone (? I really don't know why it's there, but it's the phone part of a phone booth)


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