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Garage Door Maintenance Methods

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Garage Door Maintenance Methods

Garage doors often operate using complex mechanical systems that require regular checkups and upkeep. Although specialists can be called out in the event of a malfunction, consistent user maintenance is the more cost-effective option. It should be noted, however, that if it appears that parts of the door have already begun to malfunction, or the door is having trouble balancing itself when open, then garage door repair professionals should be called immediately. Method One: Lubrication Especially for doors under heavy use, lubrication serves as a cheap yet effective way to administer maintenance. As the door opens and closes, it places weight on the various elements of the opening mechanism in order to propel itself either upwards or downwards. If these elements are stiff or rigid, then the door can have trouble moving; or in extreme cases, fail to move at all. In order to avoid this issue, users can lubricate vital door components. One common mistake is the use of oil-based lubricants such as WD-40, which are viscous and not designed for use with garage doors Instead, bespoke solutions that are cleared for door use should be bought. These are specially made to effectively lubricate the most important parts of the door, which include the rollers, springs, and hinges. If users find that the solution they are using is causing dust or dirt to accumulate near the door’s components, then it is likely oil based, and should be shelved in favour of a more appropriate agent. Lubrication is only necessary a few times a year for most doors. Method Two: Tighten screws and bolts All doors have at least one set of bolts or screws used to attach the door to the garage wall. These bolts are essential to a functional door, as they prevent the mechanism from falling off the wall and potentially damaging a car (or harming a person). Bolts shouldn’t be over-tightened, but they should be rotated until they provide strong resistance. Over an extended period of use, bolts can slowly wiggle out but still sit in the drill-hole; this is why each one should be checked regularly by hand. Method Three: Check Springs Older doors use the extension spring system (which runs perpendicular to the door). These springs are placed under tension when the door is closed but relax when the door is opened. Since the springs are under pressure most of the time, they are under high risk of snapping, and as such should be observed regularly for any potential problems. Making sure the springs are rust-free and lubricated is key to maintaining the door system as a whole. Users should also note that all extension systems should feature a safety cable, which runs straight through the center of the spring coil. These exist the catch the spring if it does happen to snap off  unexpectedly. If a door does not have this safety cable, then specialists should be called immediately to install one. Most doors, however, use torsion springs. These springs are most commonly situated on a bar running parallel to the door, and are in general less susceptible to malfunction than extension sprigs. For torsion spring users, a simple lubrication a few times a year and regular rust checks are all that’s necessary in terms of maintenance. A thir, and uncommon spring...

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Some Questions You Might Have About Your Remote Garage Door Opener

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Some Questions You Might Have About Your Remote Garage Door Opener

A remote or automatic garage door opener can work for many years without any type of issue, and then suddenly fail on you one day. You might also notice problems with it working intermittently or the garage door acting up in strange ways when you try to work it. Note a few questions you might have about your remote garage door opener and how it operates so you can troubleshoot these problems or have a repairperson come to your home. 1. Do our new LED lights in the garage make the remote act up? If you’ve installed new LED lights in your garage and then notice that the opener doesn’t work as it should, note that the lights may be interfering with the radio signals that work the remote control. You may assume that the remote opener is failing when in truth you simply have a shorter range for the signal of the remote. You might want to swap out the LED bulbs for standard incandescent ones or simply get closer to the door before you try to use the remote. 2. Why does the door close only when I hold the wall switch? Each brand of remote garage door opener is different in how it works with the garage door; most models will not allow the door to close by way of the remote when there is an obstruction in its way. However, some models will allow you to close the door with the wall switch even if there is an obstruction. Note if there is anything in the way of the door or the sensor along the door’s tracks. You might also clean the sensor eye with a soft cloth to remove dust and dirt, as this may be making the sensor think there is an obstruction in the way of the door. 3. Why does the door hum but not open or close when I use the remote? If you can hear a humming sound as if the door is attempting to work, this usually means that the problem is not with the remote itself. Instead, the door may have been disconnected from the opener. Check to see if there is an emergency cord that has been pulled which locks the door in place and doesn’t allow it to open or close. The owner’s manual for your door can tell you how to reconnect the door if you’ve accidentally pulled this cord and disconnected the...

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How to Paint a Steel Security Screen Door

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Paint a Steel Security Screen Door

Painting is the best way to get rid of rust and signs of aging on your steel security screen door. When painting a screen door, you need to have the right paint and apply primer carefully. The following few steps will help you customize the look of your security screen door. Prepare the Surface Remove the handles, strike plates, kick plates and other hardware from the steel door. Many steel doors are weather stripped. Weather stripping is an agent that provides a tight seal and promotes better heating and cooling in interior spaces. Weather stripping should be removed when painting so that it is not messed up. Peel off the weather stripping, if it does not get out easily, protect it using masking tape. Apply masking tape on all the areas that you won’t paint. Remove all the dirt from the door. Vinegar and ammonia are good detergents for removing stubborn stains. Mix vinegar/ammonia with water and apply it on the door. Leave it to absorb for a few minutes then scrub off the dirt with a sponge or brush. Remove rust with a wire brush and use sand paper to sand the whole surface of the metal door. Sanding the door makes it smooth and helps it absorb paint easily. Painting the Surface The first step in painting is applying primer. Primer is a base product that is applied to a surface before painting. Priming is done to help paint stick to the surface. Priming also protects the underlying surface and reduces the need to apply multiple layers of paint. Primer products are designed to adhere to different kinds of surfaces. Some products bond properly with metal surfaces while others do well with wood or brick surfaces. You should apply an oil-based primer that is meant for metal doors- read the manufacturer specifications of a primer product to determine whether it suited for metal doors. Apply the primer with a paint brush and leave it to dry for at least one day. Examine the surface to ensure that it does not have paint bubbles and that mildew and rust has been covered. If there are paint bubbles or the rust and mildew has not been properly covered, you can apply another coat of primer. Finally, apply oil based paint on the metal door. Apply paint using long and even strokes. Load the paint brush with paint when bridging wet areas to avoid brush marks. Let the first coat dry then apply the final coat. Reattach all the hardware to your door and seal the handles, strike plates and kick plate with silicone caulk. For more information, contact a business such as Aus...

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How to Troubleshoot and Adjust the Photo Eye of Your Commercial Garage Door

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Troubleshoot and Adjust the Photo Eye of Your Commercial Garage Door

The photo eye typical of an automatic garage door is a security feature. When the photo eye detects an obstruction, it prevents the garage door from shutting and potentially averts damage or harm to a car, person or domestic animal in the door’s pathway. Basically, the photo eye comprises of two sensors, each on either side of the door, approximately six inches off the ground. A beam is normally directed by one of the sensors towards the other and any interruptions may cause the sensor to break the circuit, stopping the door from shutting. If your garage door partially shuts then reopens, or goes up but fails to close, this may be a sign that the photo eye necessitates adjustment. Here are simple steps to help property owners troubleshoot and adjust the photo eye of their garage doors. Tip 1 Ascertain that there’s nothing stored adjacent to the garage entryway which may be blocking the sensors. Note that the sensors are quite sensitive, and even the smallest of things in their pathway can instigate the circuit breaking stroke. Tip 2 Find the exact location of the photo eye sensors and establish whether the two sensors have a lit LED light. If one of the sensors is unlit, chances are that it may have been bumped. Attempt to adjust the unlit sensor by maneuvering it a little using your hand. Note that for the garage door to function properly, both the photo eye sensors must be lit with LED lights. Tip 3 Check to see whether the sensors are dirty or not. If you notice any dirt, clean the units, watchfully cleaning the lenses using a wet cloth. Then, use a clean cloth to wipe them dry. Upon finishing the cleaning process, adjust the sensors once more so that every lens looks directly to the opposite lens, to allow for both LED lights to get lit. Tip 4 Perform small fine-tunings to the pivot bracket bearing one of the sensors. Simply unfasten the screws and nuts that secure it. Adjust the pivot bracket in and out a little until the LED light gets lit, then screw in the screws and nuts. Tip 5 Check the wires connecting to the photo eyes. Cautiously free any wires that are twisted. In the case of wire damage, or when the garage door fails to function even after your attempts to adjust the sensors, get in touch with a professional garage door repair contractor. Contact a local professional, such as Hunter Valley Garage Doors, for more...

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Safety Tips for Using Baby Swing Gates

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Safety Tips for Using Baby Swing Gates

The safety of your child is an important consideration, especially when they are in their infancy. You need to take as many precautions as you can to ensure they are not harmed. Around your house, there can be various hazards that can harm your child. Often, these hazards are ordinary fixtures that you need in the house. However, your baby can easily hurt himself or herself on these fixtures. One of the way you can child-proof your house is to install a baby swing gate. This would ensure that your child is safe by protecting access to some areas when you are not around. Proper Installation You need to ensure that the swing gate is properly installed. A gate that has some weaknesses can give in under the weight of the baby or some pets. For instance, if you are using pressure swing gates, ensure that enough pressure is applied. This can help avoid slip ups when the baby pushes against the gate. Nevertheless, it is not advisable to use the pressure mounted swing gates on the stairs since a slip could result in a nasty fall for the baby. Use the Appropriate Gate You should remember that babies grow incredibly fast. They are also fast learners. Therefore, you should choose the gate that can give you considerable service. Your baby should not be able to climb over that gate or manipulate the opening. You should also remember that the gate is supposed to keep the baby out and not other people or pets. You can choose a gate that has an opening to let in your cat. Additionally, the opening by the swing door should be adequate to let the adults pass through. Monitoring Once the swing gate is installed, you should regularly check to ensure it is still in good condition. If you are using a pressure mounted gate, the pressure can wear off after continued use and you need to reinforce the gate. You should also check the lock mechanism to ensure it still works. If the child manages to learn how to manipulate the lock, you should change it to a more complex one. Monitoring can help prevent accidents from happening. Baby Supervision Even after installing the gate, you should still never leave your child unattended. There are many other hazards that the baby can come across. However, you can reduce these hazards by having a gate installed. If you cannot do it yourself, there are various professionals who can install it for you. Additionally, they can also provide other services such as installing your garage gate among...

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The Top Reasons Why Your Automatic Garage Door Doesn’t Work

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Top Reasons Why Your Automatic Garage Door Doesn’t Work

Some problems with an automatic garage door will require the services of a professional, whereas other problems may be small things that you can actually address on your own. Before you call for repair or service, note the top reasons why your automatic garage door doesn’t work; even if you can’t fix these problems yourself, it can be good to know what to expect by way of repairs. 1. The transmitter is being activated If a garage door opens and closes on its own, the first thing to check is if the transmitter is being used inadvertently. Do you have the opener in a handbag or under some papers on a table? If so, the button might be depressed randomly. The garage door may also be programmed to the same frequency as a neighbor’s door or their transmitter, so try having the frequency reprogrammed. Your door’s owner’s manual can usually walk you through those steps. 2. The disconnect switch has been activated or unhooked If you notice that the opener seems to hum so that it’s getting power but the door doesn’t move, look for what is called the disconnect switch. This switch can be activated to allow you to open and close the door manually without interference from the transmitter or automatic opener. Reference your owner’s manual again to find out where the switch is and note if it’s been activated. If so, your automatic opener won’t work, so turn it off and try the transmitter again. Another possibility is that the cable or wiring attached to the disconnect switch has become inadvertently unhooked. Your owner’s manual can show you where the cable is located and you can note if it’s been detached. If this happens, the garage door won’t automatically open and close, as it may have a safety features that keeps it from operating without that cable in place. Put the cable back into place and note if the transponder then works. 3. Wiring Wiring issues can be to blame for the door simply not working at all; if you don’t notice any type of hum from the unit so you know it’s not getting power, this is often a short in the wiring or frayed wires that are not providing power as they should. If you didn’t upgrade your home’s wiring when you had the new garage door installed, they may have been overloaded and then become frayed. You can test the garage door unit yourself with a voltage meter, or call for garage door service and have this done by a...

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Choosing the Best Garage Door Opener for Your Home

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing the Best Garage Door Opener for Your Home

When installing a garage door opener, you may be surprised at the number of choices you have for materials and systems used for the opener itself. You may assume that all automatic openers are alike, but this just isn’t the case; like the garage door itself, there are different materials used for the openers, and they all operate differently and may have a wide range of prices as well. Note a few factors about each type of system so you know the right choice for your home. Belt-drive system This system is very popular for garage doors today because it’s very strong, but very quiet. The belt-drive system operates with a series of steel-enforced belts, like the steel belts inside your tires. The steel makes the belts very strong, but the soft material of the belts also makes the garage very quiet. If you’re replacing a noisy garage door or have a garage door located close to or right underneath a living space, the belt-drive system can be the best choice. It allows for the quietest operation of the door so you have the least amount of disturbance. Screw-drive system This system uses a threaded steel rod that slides within a chamber to lift the garage door. It is typically considered the strongest of all the systems and can be the best choice for very heavy, steel garage doors or for oversized doors. Despite its strength, it may also require the least amount of maintenance because it has the fewest moving parts. The screw-drive system may be the priciest system you see because of its strength and longevity, so it may be too much of an investment for a lighter wooden garage door. Chain-drive system This system is the most commonly used for garage doors and includes a system of chains that wrap around a gear or gears to pull the door up or lower it into position. While this system is very affordable, it may also require the most maintenance. The chains may stretch and warp or break over time and are often quite noisy as they lift and lower the door. They also need regular lubrication and cleaning to keep them moving freely. When choosing a garage door opening system, consider your budget, but also the longevity and durability of the system and if it will be strong enough to hold the weight of your door. It might be worth the comfort of upgrading to a belt system so you don’t have the noise of an old chain system with your door. For help selecting the best remote garage door opener for your needs, work with a local garage door repair and installation...

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Why Choose Roller Shutters for Your Home?

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Choose Roller Shutters for Your Home?

Roller shutters are like a cross between shutters and blinds; they roll up into a housing unit above the window, and they’re typically installed on the exterior of the home rather than the interior. There are many reasons why homes may come with roller shutters or why you may want to have them installed outside your home’s windows. Note a few of their advantages and benefits. 1. Keeps windows safe during storms One major reason to install roller shutters on your home is that they protect the windows during a storm. Hail and high winds won’t break and shatter the shutters as they might your windows. If you live in an area with high risk of hurricanes, tornadoes, tropical storms, or any other type of weather that might break your windows, roller shutters can be a good choice. 2. Keeps windows clean Some storms and other inclement conditions may not be dangerous to your windows, but they can leave them downright filthy. Heavy rains may leave streaks, and when dust is kicked up, this too can add a layer of dirt over your windows that may take hours to clean up. To keep your windows clean, have roller shutters installed so you can just close them in bad weather conditions and protect your windows.  3. Noise insulation Indoor blinds and curtains may do very little to provide noise insulation inside your home, but roller shutter installation can keep out sound waves that travel through your windows. If you live near a school, freeway, production facility, or anywhere else that translates into high levels of noise, consider roller shutters at least for the side of your home facing the nuisance. You can close them when noise levels are at their peak and, in turn, more readily enjoy your home. 4. Safety Curtains and indoor blinds do nothing to enhance your home’s security other than block someone’s view to the inside. Roller shutters, however, can add a level of safety and security to your home. Because they are so sturdy and stiff, they are very difficult to bend or otherwise break so that an intruder can get to your windows. Some may even have a locking feature so that they cannot be easily forced back into their housing unit above the window. If you travel often and are concerned about someone breaking in or just want an added layer of security at night, consider roller shutters that you can close as...

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