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Garage Door Opener Safety Eyes Sensors
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Starting on January 1, 1993 all new electronic garage door openers were required to be equipped with electronic safety eyes. These safety eyes protect entrapment underneath a garage door as it closes.   The requirements state that safety eyes should be mounted no higher than 6 inches above the ground or floor of the garage and the beam must cover the entire width of the garage door. We receive many calls involving the safety eyes preventing the garage door from closing due to the safety eyes malfunctioning or simply being out of alignment. If your garage door opens fine, but
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What is the best garage door opener for a commercial door?
In: Opener & Accesories

We offer a full line of commercial garage door openers to fit the needs of the customer. For smaller commercial sectional garage doors we recommend using the Liftmaster 8900W these operators are rated for 14 feet maximum height and 300lbs total weight. For rolling steel doors we recommend the 8950W for doors up to 12 feet maximum height and maximum weight of 850lbs.   For large sectional commercial doors we recommend the Liftmaster J or H. These are equipped with MyQ for automated opener control and are equipped with a soft start/stop feature. The Liftmaster J, jackshaft opener is available
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Rollup Doors Replace vs. Repair
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Rollup doors up to 10×10 can usually be installed by two people, without the use of a lift. Anything larger will require a lift and minimum two people to install.   Track and stop repairs are fairly simple and straightforward, however caution must be used as the door and curtain can spin out of control and cause serious injuries if it is not properly secured during the process. In most instances the tracks are attached using some type of tech screw or masonary screw, if it is welded it presents a more difficult scenario as the welds must be ground
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How to Frame a Garage Door Opening
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Needed Framing for New Garage Door Opening Width of garage door opening – Standard widths are 8’, 9’-10’-12’-14’-16’-17’ and 18’ Height of the garage door opening- Standard residential heights are 7’-7’6’’-8’ Header- the header is ideally a minimum 12’ wide micro-laminated beam that spans the width of the garage door opening. Header requirement #2- At minimum the header should be 12’ wide with doubled 2×4 at opening and ceiling running the width of the door with a 2×4 in the center of the opening for the center bracket to attach to. Headers should be a minimum of 12’ wide. Doubled
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Difference between LiftMaster 8500W and 8500
In: Opener & Accesories

LiftMaster offers 2 residential Jackshaft/Wall-Mount garage door openers, the 8500 and the 8500W. We will compare the 2 openers to help you select the best option for yourself. The 8500 automatic garage door opener is a Jackshaft/Wall-Mount opener. What exactly is a Jackshaft/Wall-Mount garage door opener and why would it be a good choice for me?   The Jackshaft/Wall-Mount design removes the need for the garage door opener rail, thus clearing the head space the rail takes away. The Jackshaft/Wall-Mount opener mounts on the header wall beside the garage door. The opener attaches directly to the spring bar on the
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How do I know which logic board my opener needs?
In: Opener & Accesories

If your garage door opener is not working properly there are a number of things that could be wrong. If your logic board has gone bad it can have numerous symptoms. Your opener might not recognize the programmed limits, it might not be sending the signal to open and or close your garage door and it could be a reduced range for your garage door opener remotes. (just to list a few of the symptoms) Logic boards are often damaged during electrical storms and during power surges, the logic board is basically the motherboard for your garage door opener. Logic
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What type of opener is best for a heavy wood garage door?
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When considering the best option for a heavy wood garage door there are many options on the market. In the past the Liftmaster 3240 screw drive opener was the go to opener for heavy wood doors. LiftMaster has discontinued the screw drive opener, and have replaced it with what I believe are better options with the features like MyQ and battery backup that customers want in today’s market.   The first option I would recommend is the 8550W opener this opener has a ¾ horse power 12V-DC motor and is belt drive. This opener is very quiet and strong. The
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How to select a Garage Door Opener | Veteran Garage Door
In: Opener & Accesories

There are many brands of garage door openers on the market today that offer new features designed to make life easier. In the beginning garage door operators performed one simple function, they allowed you to open and close your garage door with the push of a button. The automatic garage door opener simply replaced the physical action of opening and closing the garage door with a machine that did it for you. Safety concerns with automatic garage door openers brought about changes to automatic garage door openers and since 1993, all garage door openers must be equipped with safety sensors
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What Type of Light Bulbs Should I Use in My Garage Door Opener
In: Opener & Accesories

There have been many times we have gone to a service call where the remotes for the garage door opener are not working or have a very short range. This can be caused by many things like weak batteries in the remote, some appliance causing interference, a bad receiver in the opener and yes even an LED light bulb in the garage or garage door opener.   We recommend standard, not LED, light bulbs for garage door openers. LED light bulbs emit a signal that can interfere with the garage door opener remotes. Both Liftmaster and Genie are now manufacturing
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Can I Convert my Overhead Garage Door To a Roll Up Door ?
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If you are thinking about converting your overhead sectional garage door to a roll up door, yes this can be done, but there are a few things you need to consider. Roll up doors are generally heavier than sectional overhead doors and may require more support in the header above the garage door. Roll up garage doors require more headroom than sectional overhead doors due to the coil of the roll up door. Maintenance and repair costs are typically more for roll up doors. If the spring breaks on a roll up door, you must take the roll up door
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