Park Perfect in the Garage Every Time

The ping pong table had to go. The days of playing ping pong inside the house were over. The perfect place to play is the garage! We rolled that puppy out and quickly realized just how tight it made the parking situation. Pulling in, I hoped and prayed I wouldn’t hit the beloved ping pong table or the bikes lined up in a row and yet, I must pull in far enough so the garage door will close.

Is your garage at maximum capacity? Are you afraid you're going to crumple a bike when you pull in? Have you ever had to get back in your car to readjust because the garage door wouldn't close? There is a way to park perfect in the garage every time!

It was then that I remembered the tennis ball hanging in my parents’ garage, guaranteeing they park perfect in the garage, every time.

Park Perfect In The Garage Every Time

Park Perfect In The Garage Supplies

  • Fishing Wire
  • Tennis Ball
  • Eye Hooks

Park Perfect in the Garage Every Time

I just so happened to have these items on hand! Don’t you just love it when that happens?

How To Put The Perfect Park Contraption Together

  • With your car parked in the perfect spot, eyeball where the hook should go in the ceiling. There is a little wiggle room here as the tennis ball can hit just about anywhere on your windshield but preferably at eye level.
  • Pull your car out.
  • Tie the end of the fishing line to the eye hook that will go in the ceiling.
  • Get out the ladder and screw the eye hook in to the predetermined spot.
  • Pull your car back in.
  • Screw one of the eye hooks into the tennis ball.
  • Tie the tennis ball at the length that just barely touches your windshield. (We did ours on the driver side.)

Garage Parking

My view from the driver’s seat.

Ta Da! That is how you park perfect in the garage, every time! Now you can pull right in to the spot where your windshield almost touches the ball and you won’t ever have to get back in to move your car up because the garage door wouldn’t shut.

Park Perfect

Yep! The Tahoe is just a little dirty.

Perfect Park

And THAT, my dear friends, is a tight squeeze!

The tennis ball will work for the vehicle it was sized up to. Any other vehicle, park at your own risk.

It’s also a good idea to turn off those windshield wipers before approaching the ball. Ask me how I know!

I can’t be responsible for eye hooks falling out of the ceiling and scratching your window or putting an eye out. Just sayin’ it works for us!

Don’t like that tennis ball hanging when you’re working in the garage sans cars? Check out what this guy did with a pulley system.

 

Is your garage at maximum capacity? Are you afraid you're going to crumple a bike when you pull in? Have you ever had to get back in your car to readjust because the garage door wouldn't close? There is a way to park perfect in the garage every time!
9 comments… add one
  • Elroy Feb 16, 2015, 8:02 am

    I prefer the 2×4 anchor bolted to the floor. Sure, leaves a couple holes, but you don’t have to worry about looking at the tennis ball and can focus on everything else until you feel the “bump.”

    • How Do The Jones Do It Feb 16, 2015, 10:41 pm

      That’s another good idea! I don’t think we would have the equipment required to bolt a 2 x 4 into cement. I will say my son was having fun hitting the ball around when we pulled the cars out today.

  • Mrs. Frugalwoods Feb 17, 2015, 3:56 am

    That’s the system my parents used to use in their garage too! I think it was mostly to keep teenage me from hitting anything in the garage ;). These days, I just wish we had a garage! It’s street parking for us in the city!

    • How Do The Jones Do It Feb 17, 2015, 3:08 pm

      Lol! It’s a good thing you had a spot in the garage as a teenager. Perhaps you will have a garage when you find your dream home/property!

  • kay ~ lifestylevoices.com Feb 17, 2015, 9:28 am

    I won’t park in the garage because of the walls. I did that once with my cherished red Firebird. 🙁

    I love the tennis ball idea though. I should implement it for Jay and “Junior”. This new garage feels tight because the hot water heater is in it. Things sure are weird down here. Helpful post Jayleen! 🙂

    • How Do The Jones Do It Feb 17, 2015, 3:05 pm

      Oh no! Not the red Firebird! I won’t tell you about the time I tore the trim off the garage door. Lol! I nailed it back up before the hubby got home and he wouldn’t have known the difference if I hadn’t told him.

      Is it weird to have the hot water heater in the garage? Ours is in the garage too. Hope you’re settling in okay!

      • kay ~ lifestylevoices.com Feb 21, 2015, 2:10 pm

        It’s only weird because of where we came from. It would have been WAY too cold to have one out there. It’s still zero degrees up there! 😛

  • Tennille Feb 23, 2015, 5:22 am

    This is a great idea. My dad has been doing this for years, and when I first saw it I thought he was nuts. But the truth is it really does work! :o)

    • How Do The Jones Do It Feb 24, 2015, 10:54 am

      It does work! I’m just a few inches away from that ping pong table when I pull in and the garage door always shuts!

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