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There is a lot to think about when you’re renovating a home. You need to make many decisions, starting with what contractor to use and how much money you want to spend. It helps if you have a clear vision for how you want your home to look when you’re done. If you’re not sure what it is that you want yet, take some time to look through my blog. I’ll discuss everything from home additions to flooring materials to appliances and fixtures. These articles will help you get a sense of the possibilities for your home renovation, and help you narrow down your options. Eventually, you’ll decide on the renovations that are right for you.

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How To Keep Your Garage Door Operating Safely

Pamela Gonzales

You cycle your garage door multiple times throughout the day. Unless you simply open your garage door to ventilate heat from your home, then this also means you're passing underneath your garage door every time you open it. Although your garage door has never fallen on you in the past, there's always a chance it will happen—especially if you don't maintain your door. Perform or arrange for these service jobs to stay safe while walking or driving under your garage door:

Adjust Your Motion Sensors

Your motion sensors at the base of your guide tracks are designed to detect objects that pass between your tracks while your garage door is cycling. If an object passes between them, your sensors will send a signal to your opener that will cause your door to cycle back into the open position. This safety feature eliminates the possibility of having your door close on your car or body while passing under your door.

However, your sensors can easily become misaligned. Falling objects in your garage, your vehicle's tires, or your shoes can knock your sensors out of alignment with just the slightest tap. Depending on the design of your garage door opener, misaligned sensors will either allow your door to continue closing even if an object passes under your door or prevent your door from cycling at all.

Try closing your garage door. While your door begins to close, place an object between the sensors. If your door doesn't reverse its cycling process, then your sensors are misaligned. Adjust the angle of your sensors using the swiveling brackets or nuts on your sensor housings and test them again. Repeat the process until your sensors function properly.

Some sensors have LED lights that will change colors or flash while misaligned. If the lights on your sensors aren't consistent with each other, then refer to your opener's manual to find the problem and solution.

Have Your Springs Professionally Adjusted

Over time, daily use of your garage door will place a significant amount of wear upon your counterbalance system's springs.

Your springs are an essential part of your door assembly. When you begin to open your door, your springs will begin to wind and cycle your door until it's in the open position. However, when your springs become worn, they'll lose elasticity and become unable to tolerate the load of your door. In such a case, you'll have to pull your door manually into the open position.

Your springs also provide the force that keeps your door open. When your springs are worn, they won't provide enough torsion to your counterbalance system to keep your door from closing. As a result, your door may fall at any given moment.

To counteract the lost elasticity in your springs, a professional garage door technician can tighten the winding cones holding your springs in place. When these cones are tightened, your springs are able to produce more torsion while cycling your door.

Although tightening a few components on your door assembly may sound like a job you can do by yourself, it's not—even while worn, your springs are capable of causing severe injury if handled improperly.

Even with regular adjustments, your springs will eventually require replacement. Most springs last between 15,000 to 20,000 cycles, but high-cycle springs can last up to 50,000 cycles. Calculate the number of times you cycle your door in a week and do the multiplication to figure out how many cycles your springs have performed since they were installed. If the number is close to or past their lifetime expectancy, then have them replaced instead of adjusted.

Keep Your Chain Tight

Your opener's chain transfers the power produced by your opener to your door. To perform this task, your chain must be tight. If your chain becomes loose, which will happen after your opener has cycled your door thousands of times, then your opener's gears can become unable to grip your chain.

While your opener's gears spin and attempt to grip your chain, their teeth will become worn from sliding on your chain. If you continue using your opener without tightening your chain, then the gear teeth will become stripped and unreliable. Your opener will partially lift your door only to stop the cycling process if it isn't able to transfer enough power from its gears to your chain.

To adjust your chain, pull on the string hanging from your operator—the small, metal component that slides along your chain drive. Place a ladder beneath the operator and locate the chain tension bolt. Loosen the nut facing your door and tighten the nut facing your opener. Repeat this process until your chain only sags halfway down your chain drive.

By keeping your sensors aligned, springs wound, and chain tight, you can ensure that all of your door's safety features work properly. If you're unable to adjust your sensors and tighten your chain, or if your springs need to be adjusted, then contact a professional garage door technician right away—you never know when your door may finally fail and cause serious harm to you or one of your family members.

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