Power Is Out: 3 Steps To Activate Manual Operation On Your Garage Door

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Power Is Out: 3 Steps To Activate Manual Operation On Your Garage Door

If your power is out, you might be wondering how to get your garage door to open. If the power is only going to be out for a short while, you might want to just wait it out. However, if the power is going to be out for an extended period of time, you’re going to need to get your garage door moving. To switch your garage door to manual function, you’re going to need to bypass the garage door opener. When you look at your garage door opener, you’ll see a red rope. To bypass the motor, you’ll need to pull on that rope. However, you’ll need to understand some safety precautions before you pull on the rope. Here are three safety issues you should understand before you pull the rope. Start with the Door Closed If possible, the garage door should only be switched to manual when the garage door is closed. If the garage door is open, it can close abruptly once you pull on the rope. In most cases, you should be able to simply apply pressure to the top of the door and move it to the closed position. If you can’t close the door by yourself, have someone else assist you. If you’re still unable to close the door, you’ll need to take a few added precautions before pulling the rope. Place 2 x 4s in the upright position under the garage door to prop it up when the rope is released. Attach a rope to the lower edge of the garage door. Have several people hold the rope to slow down the descent of the door should if slam shut. Clear the area around the garage door, and ensure that small children are inside the house. Don’t Hang on the Rope Once you’ve prepared the area, you’ll be ready to pull the rope and bypass the motor. Grab the rope with your hand and pull down firmly. Don’t hang from the rope. Applying too much pressure to the rope could damage the internal lever or permanently disengage the chain drive. Instead, apply firm pressure on the rope until you feel it release. Lower the Door If the garage door was in the open position when you bypassed to manual, you’ll need to follow these instructions to lower the door to the closed position. While holding the rope attached to the garage door, have someone carefully remove the 2 x 4s. Slowly lower the door to the ground. Once the door has been closed, the red rope will engage the manual override and you’ll be able to open and close the door safely until the power is back on. You don’t want to be without your garage door during a power outage. Use the instructions provided here to safely disengage the motor and activate manual operation of your garage door. Click the link for residential garage doors or do an online...

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Three Ways To Ensure That Your Garage Door Is Safe

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways To Ensure That Your Garage Door Is Safe

You might not give it much consideration, but every time you open and close your garage doors, its parts are sustaining wear. While a high-quality and properly installed garage door will last you a long time, the reality is that elements can break over time – and lead to an injury risk for you or a family member. You can greatly reduce the likelihood of an issue by regularly keeping an eye on your garage door in several areas. Upon noticing an apparent problem, you can then call a garage door contractor in your community, have the problem fixed and feel better knowing that you and your family are safe. Here are three things to inspect regularly. Cables Your garage door cables play an integral role in the operation of the door and also helping it stay in the open position. Over time, it’s possible for the cables to get frayed; the risk of fraying is that it can lead to a breakage, which could cause the door to fall onto whatever is below it. It’s easy to inspect the cables; they’re located on each side of the door and are in plain sight. Fraying is typically easy to spot because you’ll see several thin strands of the cable sticking out. This is a sign that the cable could break soon, so avoid using the door and get a contractor to visit your home right away. Sensors When your garage door is motorized, you rely heavily upon the sensors to keep your family members safe. These elements are positioned slightly above the ground and are designed to detect when something – or someone – is positioned beneath the door when it’s closing. If the sensors are broken, however, they won’t do their job and the door could crush someone. Check the health of the sensors by holding a roll of paper towels between them when the door is closing. The door should reverse direction; if not, the sensors need to be repaired or replaced by your contractor. Hardware The hinges, brackets and other hardware elements that hold your garage door together are important to check regularly. The vibration of the door can loosen them over time, which can create a risk of one of the door’s panels falling off and crushing something below it. You’ll often be able to tell if some of the hardware is loose, as the door will vibrate and operate noisily. Your contractor will be able to tighten any loose hardware and ensure that nothing has become damaged from the vibration....

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3 Signs That Your Garage Door Needs To Be Professionally Repaired

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Signs That Your Garage Door Needs To Be Professionally Repaired

As a homeowner, it is important to make sure you are doing everything you can to keep everything in working condition, especially your garage door. After all, the last thing you want is to find yourself unable to get your vehicle out of the garage because the door will no longer function properly. Therefore, you will want to take a few moments to review the following signs that your garage door is in need of professional help. The Springs Are Rusting It is important to make sure that the garage door springs are in perfect working order. If they are starting to rust, you might want to apply a rust cleaner and see if you cannot remove it. This type of cleaner should be able to be easily found at your local hardware or home improvement store. If that does not work or the springs are completely covered in rust, you will need to have the springs replaced. If you wait too long, the springs might stick in place or possibly snap in half. It Does Not Close Evenly The garage door should close evenly so that there are no gaps between the bottom of the door and the ground. If there is a gap on one side or the other, it may be due to the fact that the structure of the garage shifted or the garage door rails have come slightly detached from the ceiling. Either way, this is a problem that can potentially get a lot worse over time so you will want to have it addressed as quickly as possible. The Rails Are Bent A slight bend in the garage door rails may be able to be corrected by gently banging on the bent section with a rubber hammer. If the bend is too large or the hammer just will not do the trick, you may need a garage door technician. He or she can replace the rails and have your door in perfect working order in no time at all. Even if it appears as though the bent rails are not causing a problem, the condition of the rails can quickly get worse so it is best to take care of it right away. With those few signs of trouble in mind, you should have no problem determining whether or not you are in need of the assistance of a skilled garage door technician. Check out sites like for more...

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Three Things That Can Affect How Your Garage Door Works (Or Doesn’t!)

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Things That Can Affect How Your Garage Door Works (Or Doesn’t!)

Garage doors, especially those connected to openers, are easily affected by things you may have never considered. If your garage door is currently having problems opening and closing, you may want to check for the following situations. Any one of these three things can affect how well your garage door works or does not work! Misaligned Infrared Laser Many garage door openers have infrared lasers at the very bottom of the door frame. These are meant to be used as a safety feature. Any time the door is in motion but something interrupts the little red laser beam, it triggers a stop and reverse mechanism in the opener. If the infrared light is out of alignment with its receiver, then your garage door will refuse to close. This is an easy fix, since a screwdriver can help move the two components of this part of the system back into alignment with each other. You will know it is fixed when the laser receiver’s light lights up red because the laser is interrupted by your hand. The receiver’s light turns off when the laser makes contact with it again. The Garage Door Itself Is Bent/Dented Many garage doors are made of lightweight steel or aluminum. The doors are often separated horizontally into panels and supported by bars on the back of the door. If and when the panels themselves are badly bent or dented, the garage door may not lift and fold as it should along the panel’s fold lines. If you can, you may be able to fix this yourself by tapping out the bent or dented area with a rubber-headed mallet. If the dent is rather large (as is the case when your teenager tried to drive through the closed garage door), then you will probably need some professional help. Banged-Up Framework Garage doors, like any other door, are connected to a pre-built frame. When your garage door is closed, this frame holds the door in place. If the door is banged-up or dented in due to an unfortunate little driving accident,  then your garage door cannot slide down and fit into its own frame. It will only come down as far as the top of the damaged area of the frame and then get stuck. Unless you have the construction skills, you may just want to call garage door repair services to fix this, or you may never get your garage door to close...

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Eliminate Rust Spots From A Metal Garage Door And Protect Its Surface With Rust-Resistant Paint

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Eliminate Rust Spots From A Metal Garage Door And Protect Its Surface With Rust-Resistant Paint

If your garage’s metal door has rusted spots on its surface, learn how to eliminate them with the following steps. Once finished, add a coat of rust resistant paint to its surface to keep the door protected from moisture-related damage in the future. Materials paintbrush naval jelly scrub brush electric sander sandpaper water hose mild detergent painter’s tape exterior spray paint (rust-resistant) drop cloth Remove Rust Spots Close the garage door and lock it so that it doesn’t accidentally open while you are repairing it. Use a paintbrush to apply an even layer of naval jelly to each rust spot. Wait a few minutes for the product to penetrate the rust. The rust will begin to dissolve after time passes. Move a scrub brush vigorously back and forth over the rust spots to assist with removing them. Once you are unable to remove anymore rust, eliminate the rest of it with a hand sander. Attach a piece of coarse grit sandpaper to the tool and move it in straight lines over the rust. Use firm pressure as you move the tool over the metal surface. Once the metal feels smooth to your touch, lightly sand the same areas on the door with a piece of fine grit paper. Rinse the door off with a water hose to remove any residue that remains on the metal’s surface. Eliminate Stains And Apply Rust-Resistant Paint If there are any stains on the metal surface, clean them with mild detergent, water, and a scrub brush. Rinse the door off once it is dirt-free and wait for the metal to dry completely. Place pieces of painter’s tape on any trim and around windows that are on the door. Lay a drop cloth in front of the door. Apply an even coat of rust-resistant spray paint to the door’s surface. Begin in one of the door’s corners and move the spray paint container from top to bottom. Wait a couple hours for the paint to dry. Add a second coat of paint if you would like the color of the paint to appear darker and more even. After the paint has dried, carefully remove the pieces of painter’s tape that are on the door. The door’s painted surface will prevent moisture from penetrating. As a result, rust will not become an issue in the future. Keep the door maintained by cleaning it regularly with detergent, water, and a scrub brush. For more information on garage door repair, contact a company like Unifour Door Systems...

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3 Signs That Your Garage Door Needs Attention

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Signs That Your Garage Door Needs Attention

Your garage is an integral part of your home. It gives you a place to store your belongings and also a secure place to park your car at night. You want to make sure that your garage is secure from potential harmful factors such as extreme weather conditions and break-ins. Your garage door is the first line of defense when it comes to keeping unwanted factors out. That is why it is important to properly maintain your garage door. In order to do that successfully, you must be able to identify when problems pop up. Here are three signs that your garage door needs attention. Your garage door does not close all the way. You need your garage door to close securely so that you can feel that your car and other belongings are safe from the outside elements and possible theft. Your garage door should close all the way and open all the way when you run it. If you find that it is jammed and does not close or open all the way, then your garage is vulnerable to invasion from external factors. There might be an issue with a spring or a motor. Investigate carefully and do not force the door shut manually, as this might cause it to break. The door groans and grinds when you run it. You should be familiar with the normal noises that your garage door makes when you operate it. If your garage door is not functioning right, then it is probably going to make strange noises when you use it. If the motor that runs your garage door is under stress, then it is likely to make a groaning sound every time you run it. If parts of the motor are rubbing together, then it may also make a grinding noise as well. If the moving parts are to blame, then there might be some screeching as well. The door is running off its tracks. Your garage door may be running off its tracks. When this happens, then your garage door may not close all the way. The springs may be out of balance, or other parts of the mechanism that moves the door may be stripped. This kind of problem requires careful consideration, because any number of factors can contribute to pulling the garage door off the tracks. It could be a simple fix, or it could require a professional service to address it. Contact a service like AR-BE Garage Doors and Openers to learn...

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Garage Door Showdown: Steel, Aluminum, Or Vinyl?

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Garage Door Showdown: Steel, Aluminum, Or Vinyl?

Choosing a new garage door for your home involves several considerations that include the style of the door, the opener, and the type of insulation. One of the most important decisions is the material of the door. Steel, aluminum, and vinyl doors are all popular partly because of the durability of these materials. But how do the three materials stack up against each other? Steel:  Highly Durable, Expensive Steel doors won’t rust or dent unless a poorer quality of steel was used in the door’s construction. The density of the material makes steel a decent natural insulator so a good choice if you don’t plan to use additional insulation in your door. Steel is also very low maintenance as to cleaning and repairs. The main downside of steel doors is the cost. You don’t want to bargain shop when it comes to steel garage doors because a lower price also means a lower quality of steel was used, which negates the point of buying a steel door in the first place. If steel is within your budget, purchase a high quality door that will last you decades and the initial price will pay off in the end. Steel doors are one of the best overall garage doors available as the material suits a wide range of climates and uses. Aluminum: Cost-Efficient, Dents Aluminum doors have several qualities in common with steel doors with a lower price tag. Low maintenance and rustproof, aluminum doors are also lightweight, which makes for easier manual raising and lowering. The one point where aluminum does fall behind steel is in denting. An aluminum garage door can be easily dented during a windstorm with projectiles. The dents might be fixable with a hammer, but you also might have to call in a garage door repair person for larger dents. Aluminum doors are a good choice in areas with wet climates since the material doesn’t rust, but that doesn’t experience frequent high winds. Aluminum is also a good choice for overhead garage doors. Vinyl: Durable, Hard to Modify Vinyl doors are durable, cost-efficient, and resistant to both rust and wind damage. The doors are available in a wide range of colors that won’t chip off over time because the door itself is dyed. The vinyl material isn’t well insulated on its own but serves as a good barrier when an insulating material is used between two sheets of vinyl.  A potential downside to vinyl is an inability to change the color easily without replacing the actual door. And while vinyl doors are durable, the door is more susceptible to denting damage than a steel door. For more information or advice, contact a business such as Mid-South Door...

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5 Reasons To Go With Commercial Garage Doors For Your Business

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Reasons To Go With Commercial Garage Doors For Your Business

Your business may feel like a second home to you, but should it really look like a home to your customers? In order to maintain a professional atmosphere, it is important to keep the look and feel of your building business-like in certain areas. That is particularly true when choosing the garage doors for your business. Here are 5 reasons that you should choose commercial garage doors for your business. 1. Commercial doors are specially designed to be bigger. While most residential garage doors are fairly uniform in size depending on how many cars are expected to fit in the enclosure, commercial doors can be designed to fit your specification. They are generally taller than residential doors. And they can be made to fit any size and type of equipment that you can think of driving through them. If you are thinking, “I am not going to be driving a semi-truck through my garage,” will you ever have one delivering merchandise to your storefront? Opting for a taller door will make it easier for you to get deliveries in and out of your business. 2. Commercial doors are designed for frequent use. Because they are built to rugged specifications, commercial garage doors are able to stand up to being opened and closed frequently and often much more quickly than residential doors. 3. Commercial rolling steel doors have fewer moving parts. If you are looking for a simple garage door that will be easy to operate and maintain, rolling steel doors are a great option. Because they are not built in separate sections like sectional or residential garage doors, they will have fewer joints and moving parts that will need to be replaced every few years, and they are also easier to repair than sectional or residential doors. This is due to the fact that they can be easily removed completely from the door frame, repaired, and put back up in one piece. 4. Commercial doors are designed with your business in mind. Depending on the type of business you own, there are special features that commercial garage doors offer that can be helpful, such as reinforced steel, shatterproof glass, and fire resistance.  5. Commercial doors don’t have to be boring. There are many different styles of commercial garage doors available on the market today. Rolling steel may be the most common type for warehouses, but there are also sectional, glass, and decorative models available as well. Because of this, you can get the commercial garage door that fits your business’s style as well as its workload. For professional commercial doors, contact a company such as Shank...

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Four Reasons To Consider A Cellphone Operated Garage Door Opener

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Reasons To Consider A Cellphone Operated Garage Door Opener

Some of the advancements that are offered on the amazing cellphones that are available today have made life much easier for everyone. Alarms, calculators, games, email, and even social media accounts can all be controlled using a device that originally just allowed someone to connect with someone else while they were on the go. Fortunately, creators are always developing new and amazing things that can be controlled using your cellphone. Another great product allows your garage door opener to be controlled by your cellphone. Use the following guide to learn a few of the benefits of having a cellphone-operated garage door opener on your home. Never Lose Remote One of the biggest downfalls of a garage door opener is that the remote is often lost accidentally. When this happens, you will find yourself searching through your car, purse, or even your home to try to find it. Just about everyone knows where their phone is every minute of every day so that you do not have to worry about not being able to open your garage door when you need to. If your phone is dead or you break your phone, the app can be downloaded onto another phone and you can access your account to open your door with ease. Remote Operation If you have a guest coming to stay with you for the weekend but find yourself stuck at work later than planned, you can open the garage door remotely to allow the visitor into your garage and into your home, if the door to your home is unlocked. Remote Alerts If someone tries to get into your garage door while it is locked, the garage door opener will send an alert to your phone letting you know that someone is trying to get into the door. This could cut down on the chances of someone gaining access to your home without your permission.   Easy Installation The garage door opener can be installed on any garage door. It is installed the same way traditional garage door openers are installed and can be maintained in the same fashion. The only difference between the two is the inner workings that allow it to be operated by your phone rather than a garage door remote. A consultant for a company that offers cellphone-operated garage door openers can come to your home and help you learn about the many options that are available to you. You can learn about the cost for the devices and what the installation process entails.   To find out more about garage door openers, visit a website such...

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Garage Door Security Tips

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Garage Door Security Tips

An attached garage, although convenient, can also be a security concern. Overhead garage doors, whether manual or automatic, can’t be secured in the same manner as regular doors. Breaches in security can lead a vandal or thief to try to gain access to your home through the garage. The following tips can help you better secure your garage door. Tip #1: Roll the Code Opt for an automatic opener with a rolling code feature. This security features means the remote transmits a new code to the opener each time it is used. The opener is programmed with millions of codes, so it’s unlikely that a thief can use a code grabber or other device to crack your opener’s code sequence. Tip #2: Skip the Remote Another option is to skip the remote opener option completely. Instead, have the garage programmed to use a keypad and PIN numbers. Just make sure that the PIN number isn’t handed out, and change it periodically to keep it safe. Tip #3: Opt for Metal Metal garage doors can be more than wood doors, since they are harder to break through or splinter. There are metal security garage doors available that are reinforced, making break-ins even harder. You can find metal doors that emulate the aesthetic beauty of wood, if you prefer the appearance of a wood door. Tip #4: Skip the Windows Windows can be a bad idea on a garage door. Not only do they provide an easy entry point for a thief, they also give the whole neighborhood a view of the items inside your garage. If you must have windows, make sure they are equipped with shatterproof glass or plastic. Frosted windows are also a good choice. These let in light while still blocking prying eyes. Tip #5: Vacation Safety Your home is at the most risk when you are away. Disconnect your automatic opener to make it more difficult for a thief to force open the door. Some garage door systems also have an opening on the track that allows you to install a padlock. Once the lock is installed, the door rollers are blocked and the door can’t be opened. Tip #6: Secure All Entrances Although it seems obvious, make sure your remote opener isn’t left in the vehicle where it can be stolen. If you use an opener, opt for a key fob model so it is always with you. Also, make sure you lock the entrance door to the home at all times. If your garage door is breached, a locked entrance door may at least keep the thieves out of your home. For more tips on securing your garage door, contact a company like Howard’s Overhead Doors...

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