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Blog Archive: June 2011

Download Your Garage Door Opener Owner’s Manual

You’re sitting there in front of your computer perhaps looking for answers about your garage door opener. What better time to find your opener’s owner’s manual online and download it to your computer.

Why?

Easily Accessible When You Need It.

It is surprising how few people keep the original garage door opener owner’s manual that came with their operator.
May only be Available for a Limited Time.

The older your operator becomes, the more difficult it is to find the correct manual. You may not be able to find one anywhere.
Troubleshooting Guide.

You can solve a number of problems by referring to the owner’s manuals’ troubleshooting guide. You may be able to solve your problems without calling for help.
Illustrated Parts List.

Helps you identify parts when you need replacements.
Programming Instructions.

Your owner’s manual contains programming instructions for your remote, control panel, and keyless or wireless/keyless keypad.
Maintenance Guide.

Manufacturer’s recommended monthly maintenance can extend the life of your garage door opener.
Adjustments

Opening force, closing force: How do you make these adjustments so they do not become a danger to children, pets, and others. The door will not open if opening force is set too low (could be problems with the door itself). If closing force is not set high enough your [more]

Going Shopping

Here are some factors to consider when buying a new garage door.

• Budget. Like everything, budget dictates options. Garage doors range in price from a few hundred to several thousand dollars depending on the size, materials and design you choose. Even if you have a small budget you can still get a great looking door that is going to enhance the look of the house.

Design. Think of the garage as an extension of the home’s theme, not an afterthought. Let the home’s architectural style, the shape and size of the windows and entry doors, and exterior design details influence the design of the garage door.

It’s a good idea to visit dealer showrooms and review manufacturer Web sites to get a sense of the options available. Many companies offer doors pre-designed to match specific architectural styles, which can make the selection process easier.

• Insulation. Doors can be insulated or non-insulated. If the garage is attached to the house you’ll want an insulated door. This will help reduce utility bills – a popular selling point with prospective buyers. If you live in a mild climate or have a detached garage that will only be used to park the car, you can [more]

Why Didn’t It Close?

Everyone’s finally dressed and ready to leave. You back the car out, hit the remote, and you’re off. Until you realize the garage door hasn’t gone down. You reluctantly pull back into the driveway, brow furrowing in frustration. It happens to everyone. Many homeowners don’t even realize they left it open until they return home.

Why didn’t it close? Garage doors usually fail to close as a result of the safety sensors being blocked. They’re located on each side of the opening, no more than a foot or so off the ground. Typically, each will have a small light that stays lit when everything is going well. If either of the lights are out, simply move whatever is blocking the sensor (sometimes even cobwebs/small debris can cause safety sensors to malfunction) or adjust them so that they are pointing at each other again. You can move these around by hand if they’ve been knocked out of alignment.

If you’re still stuck at home, make sure nothing is blocking the path of the door. This can be a common cause for service calls on garage doors. Always use caution when operating your door, but be extra cautious when it’s not working correctly. It’s [more]

Friday Funny

Remember safety this summer

Winter and spring lockdown has finally released us from the confines of cool weather. Homeowners are into the swing of summer. We wait all year for good weather summer holidays and travel.

Let’s face it, we all feel a little more relaxed during the summer months. Neighbors come out of hibernation to reacquaint themselves, barbeques are fired up and family get-togethers become common practice. We throw open windows and doors and invite the long awaited summer breeze into our homes. It’s also the time of year when we’re not as vigilant about our home security. Burglars breeze in and out of homes at record levels as well during the summer because of sloppy home security practices.

Unfortunately summer brings with it a relaxed mindset when it comes to home security. Homeowners tend to leave doors unlocked during the summer months more than any other time of year. It’s a time when unsupervised overhead garage doors are left open for extenuating periods of time. You also see more ladders and tools left outside often until summer projects are complete.

We also spend more time in our backyards relaxing in lawn chairs worshipping the sun enjoying quite breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Burglars tend to capitalize [more]

Keep The Door To Your Castle In Good Shape

Garage doors are an important part of your home. They tend to take a great deal of abuse while protecting your family’s vehicles and all the other tools or valuables you have stored away.

Hockey and baseball players need a target for their shots and throws, and where better than the garage door? All this endless thumping only makes the wear and tear on the door to your garage progressively worse.

Your garage door can increase or decrease the value of your property and your home’s curb appeal, based on how well it functions or how attractive it is. It may even become a great liability or a serious nuisance if it is not fully functional. Take a close look at your garage door. Perhaps it is time to seek out a garage door service company for repair, a new door spring, or a complete replacement.

A door that is not functioning properly is a danger and a liability. An average one is likely to weigh three hundred to six hundred pounds. If this falls on a person or an automobile, it can leave quite an impression. Lessening the dangers of a garage door malfunction is the ideal if you want to protect [more]

My Door Won’t Open! Arrrrg!

You wake up early ready to go to work only to find out that you cannot get to your car and the reason behind it is that the garage door doesn’t open. Eventually, the door opens but it cannot open fully, you must push it quite hard to provide way for your car. If you have enough strength, you could succeed but if you are not, all you can do is go find some help. This is why you should ensure that your garage door repair is well done to avoid such inconveniences.

One of the best ways you can ensure that the repair is well done is by seeking service repair from a remarkable service provider. However, remarkable services do not come in handy. They must be sought after and their credibility researched. Seek information that will lead you to the best service providers from the internet and referrals.

Know what this entails and you will know what to expect from the repair. Usually this consists of the opener and the door itself. Whether their operation is based on a spring tension, swing up as one piece of roll in sections, they all operate under a similar mechanism. They move on [more]

Is A Cheaper Garage Door Better?

With the economy affecting nearly everyone today, it’s easy to see where you may want try and save money anyway you possibly can.

However, when it comes to buying cheap garage doors, there are some things you need to be aware of first! If not, you could spend more money than you wanted to for a door that’s much less than what you hoped to get.

Is Cheaper Always Better?

Obviously, the answer is no. For some people, it might be as simple as wanting the more expensive roll of toilet paper and for others, they only want the high end automobile in their garage. Are there cheap garage doors that are still high quality products? You bet! Are they easy to find? No, not always.

Where to Find the Deals

You’ve set out to find a great replacement door for your garage, but you don’t want to spend a fortune. After all, it’s just a piece of vinyl or wood, right? Well, not exactly. You also have to be concerned with safety features, as well. This will be an entrance to your home, so it has to be secure. You certainly don’t want one that some can kick and put their foot through! So, [more]

Why Steel Garage Doors Are Always a Good Choice

Recent studies have shown that there is only one type of home improvement you can do on your own that will actually improve the value of your home above and beyond the price that you have paid for it, and those items are steel garage doors. With all other home improvement projects, you will only get a portion of the investment back when you sell your home, but when it comes to steel garage doors, you will get every penny back.

People replace their garage doors for a variety of reasons, but usually it is because they have worn out over time or through overuse, or they have become ruined by the weather or moisture. Of course, there are also those cases when someone drives through a garage door or accidentally bumps it enough to throw it off its tracks and break the structure that is holding it in place.

Whatever your reason for replacing your garage door, you should first think about steel garage doors before choosing any other type.

Why Would You Want Steel?

The main reason why people choose steel is because it is easy to care for. In fact, it takes no caring at all! Unlike wood doors that need [more]

Enhance Your Garage Doors with Windows

Garage doors with windows provide many benefits like providing ample light into the garage in day time so that you don’t have to use electric supply to park your vehicle in the garage or if you have some work to do in your garage.

Allowing natural light in to the garage not just serves to reduce down around the quantity of time the garage lights need to be on, but additionally serves as an essential security precaution. With windows within the doorways, you’ll have the ability to see to change a burned-out light bulb with out stubbing your toe on any with the things your garage might have accumulated.

Garage doors with windows are mostly used by peoples who are looking to add decoration to there garage rather than anything else since this is the first and most important priority though natural light is also important in garage area. Choosing Windows for your garage are some time tricky part.

One of the benefits of garage doors with windows are they take the industrial, monotonous look away from the doorway. They make the garage a more inviting location and provide yet another distinctive solution to customize a home. A variety of windows, such as [more]