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America's messiest garage

The average American spends 117 hours a year in his or her garage – and not just getting into and out of the car. That's because 95 percent of us use our garages for storage, 52 percent as a workshop, and 34 percent as a place to tackle car repairs.

With old Christmas trees and squirrels' nests vying for space with the family SUV, it's no wonder that 51 percent of respondents to a national survey taken this spring wished that their garages were better organized. And 27 percent admitted that they would be embarrassed if their neighbors saw the inside of their garage.

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Maybe they already have. About a third of those surveyed say they know what's in their neighbors' garages, and 70 percent think that how organized a garage is reflects on the owner.

What does your garage say about you? If that's a scary thought, maybe you're a candidate for entering Rust-Oleum EPOXYShield's search for America's Messiest Garage. The grand prize is a $5,000 garage makeover.

Details and official rules are available at www.epoxyshield.com. You'll need to submit a photo and a 100-word essay before Aug. 31.


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