Renovating Doors

Types of Sensors For Garage Doors

All garage doors installed since 1991 must be equipped with safety sensors to avoid crushing someone under a closing one. Many of these sensors are mandatory and others are not required at all, but all of them perform an invaluable function.
The usual door sensor you find most is the infrared beam sensor. This installs by simply bolting the two pieces of the sensor on either side of the door so that the infrared beam between the two pieces is broken by anybody walking in the way of it closing. These sensors can easily become misaligned and could need adjustment now and then to make sure it continues to work properly.
Another kind of sensor seen on some garage doors is the pressure sensor. This kind of sensor usually comes as part of it itself and needs to be installed by a professional. The pressure sensor also suffices as a safety device to avoid injuring someone with the closing door. Although the infrared beam sensor does not allow the door to touch anything under it, the pressure sensor door will inevitably touch the object before it senses it. In addition, the pressure sensor is not guaranteed to function continuously after years of wear and tear.
Some sensors on garage doors don’t deal with safety issues and instead focus on other needs that the customer may have. For example, there are some battery operated sensors that are bolted to the entrance and automatically close it when it is left open for too long. This is a good idea if you live in an extremely cold region. Accidentally leaving your garage doors open overnight could allow the motorized opener to get cold enough to cease operating properly.
There are other types of sensors that make a large contribution to safety, but they don’t involve any mandatory gate safety regulations. Carbon monoxide sensors can do a great job in preventing the occurrence of a deadly accident. When carbon monoxide levels reach a certain point, the sensor automatically opens the gate to clear out the carbon monoxide and allow in fresh air. This could potentially save someone from asphyxiating to death.
All of these types of sensors for garage doors are potential life savers that should be present in every home and business that utilizes them. Even if it costs some money, it is still better to be safe than to be sorry.

Summertime Heat Wave

It’s hot. Obviously, it tends to be hot during the summertime. Nevertheless, the summertime of 2010 seems to be rather a bit hotter than usual. June set a record as the hottest ever reported in many parts of the United States (the “record” being since humans have been tracking temperatures from the 1880s). July 2010 just missed setting a record and August 2010 is shaping up to beat them all out. States, cities, and towns across the country are getting daily forecasts calling for “near record highs” as temperatures hit triple digits in numerous locations, including locations exactly where triple digit temperatures aren’t whatsoever typical, leading to temperatures greater than ever before noted.
Overnight temperatures are “cooling” off towards the upper ’70s and low ’80s at the coolest. Air conditioners are working overtime to keep things cooled down so individuals can have a decent night’s rest. Even though there are locations along the northern tier of the United States, exactly where folks aren’t whatsoever used to the greater temperatures. Even Russia is getting highest ever heat waves, with news reports about individuals frying eggs sidewalks in Siberia.
Numerous cities have passed ordinances against companies propping open the doors to their company in attempts to lure passers-by with the cool air. Of course, those same companies most likely blanche when they receive their next utility bills. The proprietors likely never had a father who regularly yelled “I’m not paying to cool (or heat when it was wintertime) the entire outdoors!”
Now most folks most likely don’t have the air conditioning running into the garage so it doesn’t matter that significantly of the garage door is left open. Actually, maintaining the garage door in an open position may really make it a bit cooler than when the garage door is closed. In some older homes, individuals may have finished off a garage as an additional bedroom or even apartment, and in these cases, the no air conditioning and no garage door to open can leave it rather stifling.
Even though the summertime of 2010 is shaping up as one of the hottest ever, it’s still feasible for individuals, even within the southern climates, to survive without air conditioning. Individuals survived long, hot summers in all the world and all the climates prior to air conditioning as well as prior to fans. Folks knew how and exactly where to accomplish maximum cooling and shade utilization.

Don’t Get Cheated by Your Garage Door Opener Repairman

Just when you thought something as simple as buying a new garage door opener was simple – a girl like me comes along to smarten you up to a few ways that you can get scammed!
Scams have been around since the dawn of man (and woman)- after all, didn’t somebody scam Adam and Eve to get a mouthful of forbidden fruit? Fast forward to a few thousand years later and a declining economy, and scamming is running wilder than Hulkamania in the 80’s.
So how have the criminal masterminds of our time found a way to scam you on something as simple as a garage door opener? Let me enlighten you to 3 of the most common scams in this Geraldo Rivera type expose.
– Safety Eyes – These are the sensors that stop and reverse a garage door if a child, animal or object passes in front of them. It is critical that these are always functioning properly. When you purchase a new garage door opener, they ALWAYS come with new safety eyes. Now here’s the an attempt to save time, pocket some money and have a new item for listing on eBay, a serviceman may try leaving your existing safety eyes installed. When the job is done, make sure to inspect the work and be sure that your NEW safety eyes are in place!
– Wall Button – This is the wall control panel to open and close your garage door. Just like the safety eyes, you’ve already paid for this item. It’s part of your package deal and needs to be installed! Make sure that serviceman doesn’t try hooking up your old wall panel and pockets the new one so he can sell it later. Remember to inspect the entire job and make sure that all your new devices have been installed before you pay.
– Tax Fraud – labor for installation is NOT taxable! Garage door openers are considered a home improvement, and thus not taxable. If your technician is trying to charge you tax, he is trying to defraud you!
– I know I said three, but here’s one last thing you should keep in mind – make sure that your devices are installed properly. You don’t want your tech doing a job where he’s already setting up his next visit as a repair service call. You’re probably asking, “I don’t know the first thing about garage doors, so how would I know if it was installed correctly?” Check out this short video. Although it starts out like a commercial, it quickly shows you what you need to know to identify proper installation.
So, when the time comes to invest in a new garage door, garage door opener, or garage door repair, be sure to keep a look out for some of the most common shady tricks of the trade!

The Dangers of Garage Door Springs

If you’re in the market for a new garage door, or even a new house that happens to have a garage and its door attached, then you’re probably concerned with things like what it’s made out of, and what it looks like. You may spend considerable time and money insuring that you have the very best quality, most durable and most beautiful door possible. However, behind that big door is a lot of little parts that are what actually makes it work, and these also deserve your consideration. In particular, consider the springs.
Where the springs are placed depends on the kind of door you have. If you have the kind that swings on a pole, then that is where the springs will be. Most of us however have overhead doors, and in that case the springs attach to the top end of the door. It is from there that they are able to work to take the weight of your door so that it opens and closes smoothly.
Garage door springs are extremely strong generally under a great deal of pressure, especially the sort of single, large spring that is fixed across the top of the door. They are actually quite dangerous because of the pressure they are under. Such springs are made to be extremely strong in order to lift and lower the weight of the door. Anyone who seeks to repair or replace a spring of this kind is actually facing a certain amount of danger, especially if they don’t know what they’re doing.
If the garage door itself requires repair, then the usual practice is to detach it. Before this can be done, the spring or springs have to be detached, for the safety of everyone involved. This should only be done with great care, and with proper precautions taken. People have been known to severely injure themselves attempting to detach a spring without the proper approach. You can buy training manuals that help explain the correct process, as well as proper safety measures.
In the case of garage doors which have one spring on each side, a safety break should be used. The doors are so heavy that if they start moving without something to stop them, the worker could be put in danger. Usually they do not have such break preinstalled. It is absolutely necessary that such doors have a spring on both sides, because one is not enough to take the weight of the door. At the least, the door will not open and close properly, and at the worst, it will become dangerous.