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What should be inspected on your garage door opener ?
In: Opener & Accesories

Garage door systems should be inspected and lubricated at minimum once per year. This inspection should include a mechanical and safety inspection of your garage door opener. We will look at the garage door opener system as a separate system from the garage door itself.   When inspecting the garage door opener system, you will want to do a visual mechanical inspection. What does this mean? Visually look at the system. Does the chain or belt have too much slack in it, is the belt or chain hanging down below the opener rail. If the chain or belt is hanging
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Where should I place my garage door safety eyes sensors ?
In: Sensors

Safety eye sensors and auto reverse features became mandatory on all automatic garage door openers beginning on January 1, 1993. The new mandate was to prevent entrapment and serious injury or death caused if a garage door closed on a person. Prior to January 1, 1993 garage door opener manufacturers did not have safety features to prevent entrapment injuries and deaths.   The first part of the law established the requirement of having an automatic reverse feature that would cause the garage door to automatically stop and then reverse to the fully open position, if the garage door closed on
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How can I determine the age of my garage door ?
In: Door

Determining the age of garage door can be a difficult sometimes even impossible task. When a garage door is manufactured, stickers with the manufacturer, model number, and sometimes the date are applied to the sides of the sections. If these stickers are not present, it can be very difficult or even impossible to know.   In some cases we can take photographs of the inside, outside, hinges and side supports of the garage door to determine manufacturer. There have been instances that we send the pictures to manufacturers and they, at times can determine the manufacturer, model number and general
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Should I install a strut or replace my garage door section ?
In: Struts

A  garage door strut is a metal piece designed to provide horizontal strength and rigidity to a garage door panel. Many doors come standard with a strut across the top panel of the garage door. This strut when across the top section helps to support the door during opening and closing using a electric garage door opener. Many times we go out on calls because a garage door is sagging or bent. This can be caused by many things including hitting the garage door with your car. In some cases we can install a strut to straighten and support the
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How do you know if garage door rollers should be replaced ?
In: Rollers

Garage door rollers attach the garage door to the garage door tracks and allow the garage door to open and close smoothly. Rollers come in several designs. Builder grade rollers are typically either hard plastic or steel with no ball bearings. These builder grade rollers should be replaced after about two years as they have no ball bearings and tend to wear out rapidly and can tend to cause the garage door to bind or squeak really bad. Upgraded rollers are usually constructed of nylon and have ball bearings inside the rollers. The ball bearings can be an open design
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When Should I Replace My Garage Door Cables?
In: General Issues

Garage door cables are made of wires wound together to create strands and then the strands are wound together to make the cables. Garage door cables are very strong and there are different gauges and lengths for different size and weight garage doors. The garage door cables work with the spring(s) and drums to raise the garage door. The spring(s) provide the counterbalance/strength while the drums and cables do the lifting. It is important that the cables and drums are in good condition since they actually lift and support the garage door. Cables should be inspected at least once per
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When do you need to replace garage door drums ?
In: Garage Door Cable

  Garage door drums are a very important component of your garage door system. To start let’s look at the entire system and what each part does. The springs are the counterbalance for the weight of the garage door. The springs provide the strength to actually lift the garage door. As discussed in other articles, the spring needs to be the proper size so that the garage door will be balanced. If the spring is too small, the garage door will be very heavy. If the spring is too large, the door will be too hot and will try to
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What is an opener external receiver and when do you need it ?
In: Opener & Accesories

Modern garage door openers are manufactured with a receiver built into the logic board. The receiver allows the garage door to be opened using a wireless remote or wireless keypad. The remote or wireless keypad sends/transmits a signal, radio frequency, to the garage door opener. If the garage door opener recognizes the signal sent, the garage door will open or close. The modern garage door openers work on a rolling code system, meaning the code/frequency changes each time the remote is used to open and close the garage door. Older units used only a single frequency every time the door
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What kind of bolts should be used on a wooden garage door ?
In: Door

Wooden garage door require different hardware than do their steel counterparts. On steel garage doors, self tapping screws or bolts. These type of screws/bolts are used only for steel garage doors. Wooden garage doors require carriage bolts with nuts to hold hinges and other items in place. If you attempt to use self tapping screws/bolts in wood doors, the screw/bolt will strip out of the wood. This is due in part to the weight of the wooden garage door, but also to the wood itself. The wood will fail if the screw/bolt is only screwed into the wood with no
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Can a garage door opener capacitor effect the logic board ?
In: Capacitors

  Garage door capacitors store extra energy needed when the garage door opener motor starts,  opening or closing the garage door. The garage door opener motor needs more than the 110v of power it draws from the plug to start and the capacitor store this energy and provides the burst of energy needed for the garage door motor to start. When a garage door opener capacitor stops working you will generally hear a buzz or hum coming from the garage door opener, but the garage door does not move. In some cases you will see smoke coming from the garage
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