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Entry Door

By Bestdoor֘ on May 30, 2014

You know how it is when you work in a particular field?  You do your job all day and then you come home and have some of the same problems you deal with in your job.  Like an electrician, why is it that his door bell never works?  The garage door repair mans door does not have an operating garage door opener or weather seal.  The lawn guy needs his yard mowed.  Its just that way.

Well here in our office we have needed a door closer on a door because the air conditioner is so loud we cant hear on the phone.  We have asked our technicians to install it and even had all the parts and tools laying out for 2 weeks.

Well, today our 3rd grader installed it for us.  Seriously!  Thank you See-Bass!!!

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And thats the way a 3rd grader does it!
And that’s the way a 3rd grader does it!

Safe & Secure Tips from IDA

By Bestdoor֘ on May 13, 2014

Safe & Secure Tips for Garage Door Owners

If you are the owner of a garage door, it is very important that you consider the following tips regarding maintaining a safe and secure door and operator:

1.  Properly perform routine maintenance on your garage door system.

2.  Garage doors with operators feature an emergency release device that can be readily identified-red cord with a red handle.  This is required by law for the purpose of quick disengagement of the operator.  It should never be modified, including the addition of a  zip-tie for the purpose of security.

3.  Removing the red handle is not recommended and strongly discouraged.  The handle is required by UL 325 and federal law.  It is for emergencies such as a child being trapped under the door.

4. At your discretion, frosting the garage door windows (if applicable) will obscure visibility into the garage.

5. Adding motion-sensing exterior lights outside your garage, unwanted guests are less likely to attempt entry into your garage at night.

6. Leaving the remote control to the garage door operator in your automobile can be an invitation to a thief or undesirable person to enter your house; just like leaving the key to your house in plain view.

7. Contact a professional garage door service to inspect your garage door system, at least annually.  A periodic inspection and maintenance visit by a professional can save you headaches and money in the future.

8. Check the surroundings of the roller tracks. Move items that may come in contact with a moving door such as a shovel, broom, or trash can.

9. Have your garage door monitored by a security system just as you would any other door or window in your home, and /or install a garage door monitoring system to verify and help you remember to close the garage door.

10. A very basic and simple tip: remembering to keep your garage door closed can help you protect your home and property.  If you must have your garage door open, lock the entry door between the home and the garage.

NEWS STORIES AIRING UNSAFE ADVICE

By Bestdoor֘ on May 13, 2014

   

NEWS STORIES AIRING UNSAFE ADVICE

It has been reported that News 4 in San Antonio aired a story on its May 7th 10 pm news program pertaining to the garage door being an easy entryway into a house.  The reporter’s suggested solution was to use a zip-tie and cut off the emergency release rope and handle.

Similar news stories have appeared in other cities within the United States.

An IDA member in San Antonio crafted a written reply, and posted it on his company’s Facebook account.  In addition, he sent an email to the reporter explaining his position in detail.  In the San Antonio Dealer’s response, he stated, “…the solution presented is a very dangerous one because the emergency release on the garage door opener is designed to help save lives in case a child or pet is accidentally pinned underneath the garage door or also in case of emergency exit out of the garage.”

What should you do if such a news story hits the airwaves in your city?  The IDA suggests you contact the reporter and let him or her know that you are an IDA member, and a professional door dealer.  In addition, if the news story includes the use of a zip-tie or removal of the emergency release rope as a solution, inform them that such a step is contrary to federal safety standards, and could result in serious injury to a child or adult.

IDA recently produced a checklist that addresses garage door safety and security, “Safe & Secure Tips for Garage Door Owners. This piece is ideal for providing to news stations and homeowners.

It is not only wrong to encourage people to use a zip-tie or remove the emergency rope and handle, it is also contrary to the federally-mandated UL 325 safety standard.

Garage Door Conversion

By Bestdoor֘ on May 2, 2014

Before Conversion Dec 30 Converting a garage from two separate garage doors to one larger garage door. This is the first picture before the garage door conversion.

center weight bearing column
center weight bearing column.

The center column has to be removed and then a header is put in place above the garage door area to strengthen the structure if the column is load bearing.

Conversion 2

Chris & Justin are working on this site.  See Chris’ truck in the background?  The column is almost removed.

column removed
column removed

The column has now been removed.  This is the outside view.

conversion completed
conversion completed

The garage door conversion is now completed.  Frame work and the header (if needed) has been added. The garage door is installed.

After Conversion Dec 30

This is the completed conversion of the first picture. The door is in place but the technician did not send us a picture with the door closed.

 

Your garage door and how it works.

By Bestdoor֘ on May 2, 2014

One of the most overlooked “appliances” in your home is the garage door.
You press a button. It goes up. It goes down. Simple, right?

Not really. Like every other mechanical device you own – your cars, your
kitchen and laundry appliances and your heating and cooling systems – your
garage door and its operating system needs to be properly adjusted and
regularly maintained in order to function correctly.

You can perform some simple safety and maintenance tasks yourself. Other tasks
– such as spring repair/replacement, track and roller repair/replacement and
door installation garage door opener repairs and installation– are jobs best
left to trained service professionals.

Just as it is common practice to have your car maintenance or home’s heating
and cooling systems checked annually, it’s also a good idea to have your door
checked annually by a qualified service technician to ensure that it continues
to work properly and effectively.

Never take a garage door system for granted; always use extreme caution when
working on it or near it. Make sure that children understand that the garage
door and the garage door opener are not toys. Never let children play with the
door or its operating system.

Garage Door Safety and Maintenance

By Bestdoor֘ on April 29, 2014

You can easily perform some garage door system safety and maintenance yourself. If you are not comfortable performing these tests, have them performed by a trained garage door service technician.

SAFETY NOTE: To avoid injury, let everyone in your household know that you are checking the garage door and that it is not to be opened or closed until you tell them you are finished.

The following tests and maintenance should be performed in the following order:

  • Monthly visual inspection: Stand inside the garage with the garage door closed. Look over the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys and hardware, such as hinges, for signs of wear or damage. Look for cable wear or fraying. If something doesn’t look or sound quite right; it could be the symptom of a more serious issue. Have the garage door system inspected by a garage door service technician.
  • Monthly door balance test: If your door is equipped with an automatic opener system: close the door and disconnect the opener. Then, lift the door manually. It should lift smoothly with little resistance and should remain fully open. If it is difficult to open or does not remain open, the door should be serviced by a trained garage door service technician.
  • Monthly reversing test for automatic openers:
    With the door fully open, lay a piece of wood such as a 2 x 4 on the floor in the center of the garage door opening where the door would touch the floor. Push your garage door opener’s remote or wall button to close the door. When the door strikes the wood, the door should automatically reverse. If the door does not automatically reverse, the door should be serviced by a trained garage door opener technician.
  • Monthly safety eye test: (if your door is equipped with an automatic opener system). With the door fully open, push your garage door opener’s remote or wall button to close the door. Wave a long object, such as a broomstick, in front of one of the safety sensors. The door should reverse.
    If it does not reverse and reopen, pull the broomstick out of the path of the closing door. Close the door. With the door in the closed position, clean the safety sensors with a soft, dry cloth. Gently adjust the sensors by hand if they appear to be out of alignment. Open the door and repeat the test. If the door does not reverse and reopen, the door should be serviced by a trained garage door opener  technician.
  • Monthly force setting test: (if your door is equipped with an automatic opener system). With the door fully open, push your garage door openers remote or wall button to close the door. As the door is closing, hold up the bottom of the door with your hands outstretched and stiff. If the door does not easily reverse and continues to close, pull your hands away immediately. This should be serviced by a trained garage door opener technician.
  • Semi-annual lubrication:  Apply a small amount of spray lubricant to the door’s hinges, rollers and tracks.

Garage door Repair

By Bestdoor֘ on April 23, 2014

 

Wooden Door hit by car
Wooden Door hit by car
Wooden Door during repair
Wooden Door during repair
Wooden Door After Repair
Wooden Door After Repair

 

 

Accidents happens, but can it be repaired?

By Bestdoor֘ on April 16, 2014

DB, before repair outside view
#1  DB, before repair outside view

Everyone has days when things just seem to go wrong. So, here is some good news. A lot of bumps and dings can be repaired without having to replace a door completely.

#2 DB, before repair inside view
#2 DB, before repair inside view
#3 DB, after repair, inside view
#3 DB, after repair, inside view

Yes, a lot of bumps and dings can be repaired instead of having to replace the whole door.  Great work, David; or as he would say, “Beautiful!”

#4 DB, after repair outside view
#4 DB, after repair outside view

 

All in a Days Work…

By Bestdoor֘ on April 2, 2014

Justin with the Ladies

Justin with the Ladies…..(mannequins’ at a commercial site, LOL)

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