I managed to scrape the paint from the front near-side wheel arch while
parking in my very narrow garage this evening and have decided that its time
to finally do something about the problem. I am thinking of sticking some
foam rubber to the wall in question but have no idea where I can get some.
I need a piece about 6 foot long by 3/4 foot wide and about 2 inches thick.
Any ideas where I can get such an item and also how can I stick it to the
bricks of the garage wall? Or is there a better idea?
Carpet (with optional underlay to give a bit more padding) possibly free.
Another option might be to put strips along the floor to guide the wheels,
that way you can be sure you won't get any closer to the wall than you want.
The carpet protection idea suggested by someone else is good.
Depending on how you approach the area which causes you a problem it
might also be worth considering sticking a small mirror on the end
wall, so that as you drive into the garage you can see how close the
gap is getting.
I have used a plank of softish wood, with deeply recessed screws. A much
more expensive solution is purpose-made rubber fender material, from
industrial suppliers, like Key Industrial Equipment.
My latest car has overcome the problem by having an ultrasonic range
indicator front and rear (and to the sides at both ends). However, before
that, I hung a radio-linked CCTV camera on the wall, at bumper height, and
used a small monitor, which I could bring into the car while I parked, to
watch how far away I was from the wall.
After you've negotiated your cars into your respective garages, how do you
open the door to get out? or do you have to climb out through the hatchback.
:-) Actually the width of a standard single garage is silly - surely an
extra couple of feet wouldn't cost must more at the time of building. I've
never being able to put my car in the garage in 20 years.
In my case there are pillars that are narrower than the walls.
As long as the wing mirros clear these, there is room to slie out.
Damage occurs to door edgins, but a sheet of fiber board propped against
Despite what some have said, foam isn't expensive (if you buy it from the
right place) ...... a closed cell foam would probably be best.
and look for plastazote ..... if the wall surface is ok .. then just use
contact adhesive to stick it to some board and screw the board to the wall,
that way you can take it off again, incase you ever need to, and won't leave
or go here;
and see if you can find a supplier closer to you.
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