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.
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.
I can think of several solutions, first being developing an awareness of
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.
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.
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. :-(
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.
Hang a second tennis ball three feet behind the first, at the same distance from
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
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.
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.
Mike in Ohio
On 6/29/2012 9:53 PM, sal wrote:
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.