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On 6/30/2012 8:06 AM, Doug Miller wrote:

That is the old-school standard method. If you hang the string and ball accurately you can tell within a fraction of an inch where your vehicle is not only forward and backward but left and right. I always aimed to have the ball hang so it touched right below the rear-view mirror mount. The only real problem is if more than one non-identical vehicle needs to be accommodated in the same garage bay.
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On 06/30/2012 08:59 AM, John McGaw wrote:

The other problem is when SWMBO aka OverLord drives in at an angle and the room left is too narrow for the truck.
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On 6/30/2012 12:15 PM, Doug Winterburn wrote:

My garage is deep enough that I have no problem in spacing once in the garage, but the space between the door frame and the 2nd car in the garage is limited.
Any good ideas for a system to gauge the clearance between the car coming into the garage and the door frame.
I have though of the hanging object idea but you need to know your fender is going to clear the frame several feet before you get to the door.
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On 6/30/2012 1:10 PM, Keith Nuttle wrote:

The traditional solution, still available, plus you'll have that "in" "retro" look:
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On 6/30/2012 2:10 PM, Keith Nuttle wrote:

your vehicle's size and where it is in space at any given moment. I'll admit that some vehicles are easy to manage in that regard while others are almost impossible. I have a hell of a time switching between by Miata and my Outback after driving either one exclusively for a week or so -- just cannot land the other in the absolute center of a marked parking space on the first go.
As a second solution, how about this: modify a windshield suction cup mount and install a powerful laser pointer on it. Then calibrate the laser beam's aim point so that it shines on a reference target inside the garage when the vehicle is positioned properly. Et voilà -- a laser sight for a vehicle. Given the patent office's penchant for being impressed by the blatantly obvious it wouldn't surprise me if somebody patents the idea.
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On 6/30/12 2:10 PM, Keith Nuttle wrote:

bit odd?
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It depends on what your tolerances are... I had little trouble pulling cars into the garage the few times I've done it, because my tolerances are a couple feet in both directions. Some people have barely enough room for the garage door to shut.
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on 1/07/2012, Puckdropper supposed :

You must have a dedicated Garage and a Workshop somewhere else. Workshop will always expand to try and encroach on car space especially if it is HER space. :-Z
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That's unlikely to happen before "mine" is totally gone. It did in this house but that was an agreement before buying it. Now that I have my tools out, she has the garage back. ...and they have a 2000 sq.ft. basement.;-) Nothing set up and no power yet. :-(
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On 6/30/2012 6:39 PM, Mike Marlow wrote:

With hail, wind, and flying debris damage a little frustration of putting it into the garage is well worth the cost and hassle of getting the car repaired if it is not total because of the dents.
Yes I know the tree could fall on the garage, but I have seen cars and houses significantly damaged by hail.
There is also the security angle of putting a car into the garage.
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the side wall of the garage, with both balls directly in line with the steering column. The vehicle is properly aligned port-to-starboard when both balls are in a direct line with the driver's eyes, and properly aligned fore-and-aft when the first ball touches the windshield.
Or you could paint crosshairs on the wall, and make a game out of it: maneuver the car so that the tennis ball is centered in the sights.
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Thanks for the input .Good range of solutions.
Sal

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HFT to the rescue again. They sell at least two items that will help you. One is a hanging tennis ball that touches your window and tells you to stop. The other may take some modifications. It is a driveway sensor. It is in their latest ad.
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On 6/29/2012 9:53 PM, sal wrote:

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On 7/1/2012 10:08 AM, Kenefick wrote:

to it.
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