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Aug 30

Repairing concrete under teh door

A client called about having to repair a section of concrete between the sidewalk and the garage. The concrete area was about three feet wide and truly in bad shape. The problem is easy enough, but to do so you need to leave the garage door open for at least one day. But the the …

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Aug 27

Cables becoming tangled on roller drums

One DIY client called my up and told me he had replaces a wooden garage door with a metal one, but that when he tried to open it, the cables got all tangled up on the roller drums. Now the door doesn’t hang right. Usually there is one major culprit in a case like this. …

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Jun 23

What should i do if I have gaps at the bottom of my door?

Gaps appear on garage doors between the door and just about anywhere else around the door. They can be caused by any number of things. If you have a wood paneled door, sometimes the the panels can sag. In a case like this you will need to call a professional. Another very common reason for …

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Jun 18

My garage door makes too much noise.

Sometimes garage doors, even brand new ones, make a lot of noise. What can you do? First you can take some grease and lubricate the hinges. Use a silicon spray, as opposed to WD-40 Have a look at the springs and make sure they are tight enough. It is not uncommon for garage door installers …

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Jun 04

How to measure for a garage door

Say you’re in the market for a new garage door and you want to go to a dealer and talk to him about it. The first thing he will want to know is how big your current door is. But there is more to measuring a garage door than height and width. Here are some …

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May 31

Warm weather brings garage theft threats from open garage doors

It’s almost summer and that means that the temperature will be rising and homeowners will be opening windows doors, and, yes, their garage doors. And it is precisely now that you have to keep a lookout for the criminal elements who want to capitalize on everyone’s new found openness. Police warn that it is at …

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May 06

Has your garage door ever opened by itself?

This doesn’t really happen very often, but if it does you will find it very creepy: you come out to your car in the morning and discover that your garage door has opened by itself. The first thing most people think is that someone has broken into their home. The reality may be stranger. The …

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Apr 28

Garage door R-value

If you’re a conscientious garage door shopper, you have probably across the term “R-value, ” but what exactly is that. The short answer is that it’s a value that t indicates how well something is insulated, and the higher that value is, the better. R-value is related to insulation and how the door is made. …

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Apr 17

Fiberglass garage doors and their maintenance

Fiberglass is not a particularly common material for garage doors, though they do have their adherents. The biggest advantage of fiberglass is weight.  They are typically framed with aluminum and can come in any number of colors. Fiberglass garage doors are among the favorites of people who live near the ocean because they are resistant …

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Apr 14

What to do if your garage door is stuck

Your garage will probably get stuck at one point in its lifetime, and sometimes it will be an easy fix and sometimes it will not. Here are a few tricks of the trade that, should you find yourself in the position, you will be able to at least get your car out of the garage. …

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