Monthly Archives: October 2011

Garage Door Annoyance

Fun and annoying all in one: your garage door malfunctioning may not be your fault at all.  In fact, it might be the fault of the United States Navy!

Apparently the USS Abraham Lincoln, currently docked in Kitsap, is messing with people’s garage door openers because it’s on the same frequency.

Have fun with that!

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Hiring a Professional Garage Door Repairing Service

Doors are always considered as a significant part of our house and always keep things secure and safe. Likewise, garage doors are no exception. They are essential parts of your property that protect your cars from intruders and thieves. The door of a garage is a big moving object and it is operated by the electric door openers most often. Therefore, proper testing, installation, maintenance and operation of the door and the automatic opener are really necessary to ensure the trouble-free and safe operation. Improperly adjusted garage doors can lead to serious injuries. So choosing the correct garage door repair service helps with the repair needs as well as save the users from any unexpected injuries.

The actual problem starts when the garage door does not work properly. If it is not fixed immediately, the broken garage door makes it very easy for the undesirables and thieves to enter in your home. For this purpose, you need to hire a garage door repair service for fixing the garage door problems as soon as you can. Most people are of the opinion that they are able to perform this job on their own. They might end up doing a lot more harm to the situation than good so it is better to find a reputed garage door repair service for such tasks. But it is important that you hire a company after doing proper research on them.

You can follow some tips that would help in getting you started with garage door repair service search:

1.  Ask your relatives and friends and get good recommendations regarding the garage door repairing service. This way you can get information on the reliable servicing companies.

2. Looking in the local newspapers, search the telephone directories or visit the websites online for the repairing services of your garage door.

3. Make a shortlist of all the repairing companies and then notice how many of those provide the emergency services as well. A reputable company which provides a nice garage door repair service would have an impressive infrastructure with a number of trained technicians on their team.

4. Be sure that the repair company and all of its technicians hold a proper license with proper skill certificates. They should know how to tackle a situation if something goes wrong.

5. Always select a garage door repairing service which provides full guarantee of their work.

6. It is not always wise to hire an unprofessional repairing service just for the sake of saving money as this decision may cost you a lot in future. The reputation of a company is very important.

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Friday Funnies!

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SpOOky Garage Doors

It’s a garage makeover more than likely to frighten off unwanted attention from trick or treaters.

An inventive artist has created a Halloween-inspired collection of garage covers, including designs of the grim reaper and Dracula’s gothic den. The amazing 3-D images by Thomas Sassenbach give the impression that all manner of spooky spectacles have taken residence in their owner’s garage next to the usual discarded paint cans and DIY equipment.

One of the creations gives the illusion of a giant pumpkin lurking under the garage shutters, while another tricks passers-by into thinking an eerie ghost is guarding the space for the owner’s family vehicle. Another design is guaranteed to ward off unwanted attention from garage thieves or trick or treaters, as it shows a terrifying image of the grim reaper armed with a giant scythe inside the garage.

Mr Sassenbach’s garage door covers, which are made from weather-resistant tarpaulin and can be attached to doors with velcro. The 47-year-old artist said they are more than likely to give your neighbors a scare. He said: ‘I wanted to bring a sense of fun and style to garages and so I came up with head-turning designs. ‘The photo tarpaulins for the garage door are a really cool idea and a real eye-catcher. ‘At last, there’s a riot of color on sad garage doors.

The Halloween motifs are aimed at everyone who is crazy about Halloween and wants to show it.

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Problem Solved: “The garage door won’t close all the way”

Often times when your Garage Door won’t close all the way, your first instinct is to call somebody to fix it. But there are a few things you can check to save yourself some time and money.

The first thing you will want to inspect is the limit switch. The Limit switch regulates how far open and closed the garage door opener moves the garage door. The limit switch can be adjusted with a screw driver.

Here’s some instructions on adjusting the limit switch and further explanations:

The garage door opener has two mechanisms that control the opening and closing of the garage door. One is the safety reverse mechanism that will stop the door operation in the event something obstructs the door. The opener also uses limit switches to determine how far to open and close the garage door.

When the garage door does not open all the way or does not seal to the floor when closed, you can reset the limit switches. Resetting the limit switches is not difficult and requires only one tool.

1. Place a step ladder under the garage door opener motor. Locate the limit switch screws on your unit. Most switches are on the back of the motor head, while others may be behind the light bulb lens cover. The switches are two white knobs with a slot for a flathead screwdriver.

2. Ask somebody to operate the opener push button on the wall to open the garage door. The bottom of the garage door should be just below the door opening header.

3. Adjust the open limit by turning the open limit screw with a flathead screwdriver. Turn the limit switch screw clockwise to increase the travel and counterclockwise to decrease the travel. Every full turn is a 3-inch adjustment. Adjust the limit in small increments.

4. Ask your helper to push the wall button again to close the garage door. The bottom of the door should seal to the floor without setting the safety force adjustment. The safety force is a safety mechanism that automatically stops the door and reverses the travel when the door hits an obstruction.

5. Adjust the down limit using the flathead screwdriver to turn the down limit screw. Turn it clockwise to close the door further or counterclockwise if the door is closing too tightly and setting off the safety force.

6. Operate the door up and down to check the limit adjustments. Continue adjusting as necessary.


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The Friday Funny!

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The Original All Steel Carriage House Garage Door

The Original STEELHOUSE Door is an innovative “Modern Carriage Door“, manufactured entirely of steel.

The Original STEELHOUSE™ garage doors have two-sided steel insulated facing boards that are textured, roll formed and laminated to steel backers and then mechanically fastened and bonded to a 23 gauge steel section. Four-inch wide, two-sided steel insulated boards are bonded with epoxy cement and mechanically fastened to ensure positive attachment to the face of the door. All Original STEELHOUSE Doors come standard with CFC-free polystyrene insulation.

A “Reinforced Integral Truss System” (RITS™) gives the Original STEELHOUSE doors strength and rigidity that is unmatched by similar products. In addition to their distinctive style and curb appeal, the Original STEELHOUSE patented doors are half the weight and cost of wooden doors. Virtually maintenance-free, the Original STEELHOUSE doors will not warp, crack, or split. Quite simply, it doesn’t get better than that.

From a base of nine models and over 15 designer top sections, Original STEELHOUSE Doors offer more than 200 unique configurations to ensure diversity from one home to the next and from one subdivision to the next. Homeowners, builders, architects and municipalities alike, are using Original STEELHOUSE Doors to bring a fresh, handsome appearance to neighborhoods across the country.

The Original STEELHOUSE Door combines rich traditional styling with three key benefits not found in wooden doors: half the weight, half the cost, and half the maintenance. True to Carriage House style, these doors can be detailed with classically finished handles, pulls, hinge straps, and windows.

Download the Steelhouse Brochure & Specifications here!

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Want a Smooth Operating Garage Door?

With regular care and occasional professional maintenance, your commercial or residential garage door will work smoothly. However, you may find yourself in a situation where you cannot properly open or close your garage door. There are a number of different reasons why your garage door may not be operating properly. Here are a few tips to help you identify the source of the problem:

Problems Closing

  • Faulty Garage Door Sensors: One of the most common reasons garage doors have trouble closing is that the safety sensor’s beam is obstructed. Make sure there is nothing under the garage door and that the sensors are pointing directly at each other.
  • Door Closes, then Reverses: If your door begins to close, but stops and reverses, then you may have to adjust the door’s sensitivity settings. Your garage door opener is designed with a safety feature that reverses the door if there is too much resistance under the door. Bumps in the door track may set off the sensor.

Problems Opening

  • Opener Runs but Door Doesn’t Move: If the garage door opener is running, but the door does not move, then the door may not be connected to the track. Check the emergency rope to see if it has been pulled by accident.
  • Seasonal Changes: If the cold weather makes your door sluggish, then the contracting track frame may be the cause. Decrease your door’s sensitivity settings so it moves more easily during cold weather.

General Tips

  • Check your garage door opener remote’s batteries to ensure consistent operation.
  • Never work with electrical components on your own—always call a garage door repair technician!
  • Inspect your door every few months for potential problems. Preventative maintenance is much easier and cheaper than huge garage door repairs.

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When is it Time to Replace The Garage Door?

Garage doors are designed to last many long years. Products are available to help maintain the operation and beauty of garage entries, with a bit of annual maintenance. Many homeowners only think to replace garage doors when something happens that makes it necessary, such as being hit with a car or lawnmower.

Even without accidental damage, garage doors do suffer wear and tear over time, especially from the elements. Waiting too long to replace worn out doors and openers can create a serious safety hazard. Doors and openers that are worn cease to operate properly, and accidents can occur.

Energy efficiency is yet another reason to upgrade existing garage doors. Over time, the seals that help stop air loss around the garage doors weaken and wear out. Once these seals become too worn, air loss begins to occur, which creates an expensive power concern. For old doors that do not have insulation, replacing them with new, well insulated doors is an investment in energy conservation that can pay for itself in energy savings over the life of the door.

Signs to look for that a garage door is at the end of its useful life include lack of insulation and modern safety features, air seals that are torn and worn out, and dents and breaks in the door. Fiberglass garage doors will often fracture upon impact. If this happens, the door’s safety is compromised. When the door is in the full overhead open position, part of the door could fall off due to the fracture and cause serious damage to nearby items, and even more serious injury to anybody standing under or near it when the break occurs.

Likewise, garage doors with considerable dents also pose a safety risk as misshapen doors can interfere with the smooth operation of automatic door openers. If any part of a metal garage door is dented outward, or inward, in such as way that it makes contact with the ceiling or any other object or portion of the opener mechanism, malfunctions will occur. In this event, the door should be fully closed then detached from the automatic opener until a garage door service can install a replacement.

Safety is an important consideration with garage doors. Because they are heavy and are usually hung from overhead, the risk of a door, or part of a door, falling and causing property damage or injury to people and pets should be carefully avoided. If an existing door’s safety features falter, it should not be used and must be replaced. Every garage door must have bump sensors that automatically reverse and raise the door if it bumps anything on the way down. To test that this feature is fully functional, put a block of wood under the door and attempt to close it with the automatic opener. If the door does not reverse on its own, the bump sensors are no longer working.

While garage doors can last many years with regular maintenance, safety concerns are the number one reason to replace old doors. Of course aesthetic style and energy efficiency are also important. However, if a door shows signs of dangerous wear and tear, getting a replacement garage door should not be put off.

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