Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Garage Door Closure Issues

A door closer keeps a door closed without slamming shut and making too much noise. Sometimes you may experience a problem with the way your door is closing and this can be annoying. The type of tools used to adjust door closures have been around for a long time. At Lawrenceville Garage Door in Lawrenceville, GA we use many of the same parts and tools that were used years ago. We use some of the same types of hinges, springs and weights. 

They may come in difference shapes, configurations and sizes. There are also different ways we might install your door closure, in the header over the door, surface mounted on the front of the door or mounted under the floor. The way we handle your installation has its advantages and disadvantages. Our professional technicians will be able to consult with you in detail about the various ways we can install your closure. It might also interest you to find out that some architects will install concealed door closers for appearance purposes.

Door Closure Issues

In our experience, there are usually three common issues related to door closure problems. These include regulations, stack pressure and door distortion. When there is stack pressure it affects the way the air inside a hermetically sealed property moves. This pressure will usually develop as air moves is circulated through your buildings HVAC system. This pressure can develop as someone is entering the building. It is the stack pressure that prevents the door from closing. When the HVAC system is not turned on, you generally will not experience this problem.

Depending on the area, you may have different ordinances, codes and regulations. This will create different types of problems with your door closures. This isn’t always the easiest problem to fix. If you want to avoid an expensive repair job, look into the unique door closures that manufacturers are now developing. One of these types of door closures is the cam closure. You will feel the affect of the cam closer wen you are starting to close the door. In most circumstances, the surface mount door closure feels the most pressure when the door is being opened, not closed. When a cam door closer is in the place, the person has more control; this causes the door to latch more effectively. This in turn, keeps the door shut.

A door can become distorted for different reasons, making it difficult to keep the door shut. It usually occurs when a hollow exterior door, which is often situated on the side of a building, has the sun hitting it. Once the sun begins hitting the door, it heats it up. This is what causes the door to become distorted and out of shape. This undoubtedly begins to cause problems with your door shutting.

How to Choose the Right Door Closer

You might think that the most important thing to consider when buying a door closer that the most important thing is the closer, it is not. Regardless of the type of closer you have installed, it will not work correctly if your hinges or door is not lubricated. Once properly lubricated and the hinges are tightened, the door should close properly; latching and remaining closed.

Door Closer Types

The type of door closers that we install most often is the surface-mounted closers, floor and concealed closers. The surface mounted closure comes with an adjustable size surface mounted closer; it also has spring force that we can adjust as needed. This means that there is no need to have difference sizes of closers. Depending on the manufacturer, you will be able to select from different adjustable closers. It is the surface mounted door closer that has the ability to be installed on both sides of a swing door that opens out or in.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

How to Find a Good Garage Door Service

You can have the very best garage door in Lawrenceville, GA but sooner or later, it will need service. You might need to have one of your safety sensors adjusted. A spring might have snapped. One of your sections might have fallen out or maybe your opener unit is acting strangely. There are dozens of working parts to your basic garage door so it stands to reason that one of them will need repair, replacement or service at some point. When that happens, finding the right garage door service is all up to you. Do you go with a local handyman to save money? Do you hire the most expensive garage door repair shop in town in your quest for excellence? Do you put the job off for a while until you have more funds to spend on this? There are so many things to consider. Lawrenceville Garage Door Repairoffers these tips on what to do to find the right service shop for you.

Be proactive

Find one now. You may not actually need a garage door repair service right at the moment but why wait until you do? Here’s what most people do. They go about their business, scarcely thinking about their home or business garage door. They may be going to work or on vacation. They may be coming home with a car full of groceries. They may be opening up the garage door because the hot water heater exploded and water is now pouring onto their driveway. The one thing that they all have in common is that they are not thinking of garage door service and they all fully expect their doors and openers to work on demand, just like always.

Panic sets in when your trusty garage door does not do its job. Who do you call? How much will this repair cost? Do you need to replace parts or just repair them? Whose fault is this? Where is the nearest phone book or laptop so that you can call someone? A hundred thoughts race through your head and all you can think about is that you need to do something NOW!

So, what does being proactive have to do with any of this? Everything! If you already have a solid, well established garage door repair service picked out and entered into your smart phone, all you have to do is tap a button and your problem is 90% over! Isn’t that simpler?

All shops are not the same!

You knew that but it never hurts to reinforce the idea. When looking for a good garage door service, your criteria will be the same whether you are here in Lawrenceville or in faraway Honolulu – insist on quality! Resist the urge to get the cheapest help available. This often results in unlicensed service from folks with questionable backgrounds and experience. Keep in mind that these service people are coming to your home or place of business. You don’t have to go with the most expensive service in town, either. There are more important criteria that you need to look for than just price.

Start by actually making some calls or visits. Notice how the people answer the phone and respond to your questions. Do they avoid answering you and put you off with call back promises or vague answers? Do they give free price quotes and offer no-cost consultative assistance to help you better understand their service?

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Living Smart: DIY Garage Door Maintenance

By Staci Giordullo
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(TNS)—You don’t have to be an expert to extend the lifespan of your garage door. In fact, there are a few simple DIY tasks that will keep any garage door looking good and running smoothly for years.

Check the tracks, rollers and hinges
It’s important to give your garage door a once-over every once and awhile.

There are a lot of moving parts on a garage door — from the chain that moves it up and down, to the rollers that bring it up, to the hinges that allow it to bend. All of these items need to be inspected for wear and tear. All it takes is for one of these items to break or go off track for the entire system to fail.

Tighten all screws and bolts
It’s worth paying attention to all of the moving parts of the garage door, but specifically loose bolts and nuts, which can cause larger problems. The opener is likely loud on its own, but if things are loose, such as the connection from the motor to the ceiling, the sound is likely going to be amplified. Check all the connecting nuts and bolts to be sure that they are tight.

Apply lubrication liberally
The biggest preventive maintenance task a homeowner can do is making sure that all the moving parts of the garage door are well lubricated.

Obviously, the less friction you have when the door opens, the less work the opener has to do, and the longer that motor will last. It’s worth noting that not just any lubricant will do, so be sure to invest in one designed specifically for garage doors.

“(Homeowners) want to use a spray grease, and if they go to the garage door section of the big-box stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s, they can usually find a good garage door lubricant,” says Jon Jacobs of Sound Door Services in Seattle. “WD-40 is not great to use for garage doors.”

Be sure to lubricate all the moving parts, such as the hinges, rollers and the bearing or pulleys.
To maintain your home’s curb appeal, it’s important the garage door looks its best.

To rid it of grit and grime, you can wash steel and aluminum door surfaces with a mild household detergent and then rinse with water. In harsh or coastal environments, apply a quality car wax to the front side of a steel door surface twice a year, immediately after cleaning, to help maintain the finish.

Paint the garage door
Your garage door is exposed to the elements the same way the exterior of your home is, but it has the added challenge of also moving and vibrating several times a day. If the paint is flaking off, this added movement will accelerate your need to paint.

Painting the garage door can likely be accomplished in a weekend. Make sure that you prepare the door for paint before you start the process by removing any dirt, caulk, flaking paint, oil, wax, mildew and rust. A steel garage door can be painted with a high-quality acrylic latex exterior grade paint. Do not use any type of oil-based paint or Alkyd modified acrylic latex paint.

Staci Giordullo is a reporter at Angie’s List.

Article Source: Living Smart: DIY Garage Door Maintenance

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Common Garage Door Problems and How to Fix Them



There’s a variety of reasons for why your garage door may not be functioning properly. The causes range from dead transmitter batteries to something blocking the door’s path. Fortunately, the answer is usually something easily resolvable.

Some common garage door problems — and how to fix them — are:

1. A Tentative Door

When the garage door starts to lower and then stays down for about a second before coming back up, it’s likely a sign that there is something blocking the door’s path. Since the door attempted to go down, that suggests there’s nothing wrong with the batteries or transmitter.

Garage doors are designed so they don’t crush objects in their path. Otherwise, it would present a very dangerous prospect. Check the area around the door to make sure nothing is blocking it. If it’s all clear, the issue could also be a buildup of debris on the tracks that’s preventing the rollers from moving forward. Dirt, mud and rocks can build up there, and if a door hits that debris, it will go back up, resulting in this tentative door.

The resolution to a garage door that’s reopening is either something blocking the path or debris build-up. The latter may require a step ladder to view the tracks on the top part of the system, but otherwise this issue can be resolved fairly easily by moving whatever is blocking the door.

2. A Non-Responsive Garage Door


If the door isn’t responding at all, it’s likely that the door’s transmitter batteries are dead. This prevents a strong enough signal being sent to the receiver to open the door. You might still see the lights on the receiver light up, or it may try to open. But, if the door remains shut when you push the buttons, try replacing the batteries in your handheld transmitter.

Changing the battery is a simple process that requires sliding the door open on the back of the transmitter, removing the old battery, then replacing it with another. Make sure the plus and minus signs are lined up, like conventional batteries, and test it. The door should work now.

3. Misaligned Photo Eye



If your garage door is refusing to open or opens a bit and then stops, it also could be due to a misaligned photo eye. Garage doors developed after 1993 have two tiny photo eyes that transmit an invisible beam to detect if anything is in a garage door’s path. If the door keeps stopping, yet clearly nothing is blocking it from closing, the eyes could be misaligned or dirty.

Be careful not to scratch or damage the photo eye when cleaning it, since it’s only a few centimeters in diameter and can be fragile. Use a soft cloth and a mild cleaner to wipe away any dirt or residue. After this, make sure the alignment is correct — the eyes should be pointing in the same direction and at the same angle. They need to register each other to accurately detect if anything is in the garage door’s path. A level can also be used to ensure they are pointing directly at each other.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Ryobi's Modular Garage Door Opener Has Just About Everything Your Shop Needs


Your garage door opener is probably the least-exciting piece of machinery in your garage—it's a completely pedestrian device that you really only think about if it's malfunctioning. But this Ryobi unit brings the humble door-mover up to the 21st century, with a bunch of novel, modular features.

The main part of this machine features a 2hp motor and a belt drive that Ryobi claims is 20 percent quieter than your typical jackshaft drive. It's also got a motion-detecting LED light. So far, pretty standard garage door opener equipment.

But the nifty part is the modular stuff you can add on. An extension cord reel with a 30-foot cord gives you power where you need it without cluttering up your floor or shelves; a Bluetooth speaker provides the tunes; a snap-on fan offers some air circulation in your car cave. 

And on the front of the opener is a charging slot that accepts a Ryobi 1+ power tool battery. In the event of a power outage, the battery powers the door opener through a claimed 100 openings or closings—though having your spare battery hanging nine or 10 feet in the air probably isn't the most convenient location when you're halfway through a DIY job. Consider it a last-resort backup, I guess.

There's also a laser parking aid, which projects a dot down through your windshield and onto your dashboard to let you know when you're approaching the wall, and a smartphone app that lets you open, close, lock, or check on your garage door from anywhere in the world. 





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