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Tips to Ensure the Largest Heaviest Moving Object in Your Home is Safe & Secure

June 1, 2012

As the American home has evolved over the years, so too has the garage -- both in the way it looks as well as its newfound functionality as the main entranceway to the home. In fact, more than 70 percent of homeowners enter and exit their home through the garage door now, relying on it as the new front door.
Since the garage door now plays such a key role in many homeowners' daily lives, the local professionals at Graves Overhead Doors, Inc. in Cumming want to make sure that this vital entrance is safe and secure during the high garage traffic month of June.

June is the perfect time to pay more attention to your garage door and opener since the garage often becomes the hub of activity for many families this time of year,” notes Fred & Lee Graves owner’s of Graves Overhead Doors, Inc., serving the North Georgia area since 1998. “We realize that this community ramps up their usage of the garage door and opener during the summer months. With all the added ups and downs, now is the time to check to make sure everything is in working order with your door and opener and the team at Graves Overhead Doors, Inc. is here to help.”
With the additional traffic running through the garage, National Garage Door Safety Month is the ideal time to perform a periodic safety inspection of your garage door, especially those equipped with automatic operators.

Everything from the Garage Door to the Floor

  • Maintenance. To keep the garage door properly maintained and functioning safely, be sure to keep all moving parts of the door clean and lubricated, including the steel rollers.
  • Balance. To check balance, start with the door closed and pull the opener release mechanism so you can maneuver the door by hand. If the door is balanced (properly spring-loaded and running freely on its tracks), you should be able to lift the door smoothly without much effort and it should stay open about three or four feet above the floor.
  • Safety Reverse. Since 1993, all automatic openers manufactured for the U.S. must include a safety reversing feature such as infrared sensors or “photo eyes.” These sensors are installed near the floor on either side of the garage door opening. Once the invisible laser beam between the two sensors is broken by an obstruction, the door reverses automatically.
  • If your opener lacks a similar safety reversing feature, it’s time to get a new opener.
  • The Six-Inch Rule. The photo eyes mentioned above should not be installed higher than six inches above the garage floor. If the eyes are installed higher, a person or pet could get under the beam and not be detected by the photo eyes.
  • Sensitive Technology. Test your door’s sensitivity this month by placing a two-inch thick piece of wood or a roll of paper towels in the path of the door before closing it. If the garage door does not automatically reverse and retract back to the open position, then the opener needs to be adjusted.
  • Prepare for Weather. Be prepared as summer heat and storms turns to summer outages. Once power is lost to the home, an automatic garage door opener will also be impacted. Ensure your opener is equipped with a Battery Backup system which continue to operate most openers for an additional 20 up and down cycles. So, even during unforeseen outages, homeowners have peace-of-mind that their main entranceway to the home reliably opens and closes.

Organizing the Inside Out

  • The garage usually tops the basement or attic for clutter and debris. Keep it clear of oily and greasy rags as they are easily flammable and can ignite spontaneously. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
  • It may seem like you're adding to the mess, but grass clippings are great for keeping dust under control in your garage. Next time you mow your lawn, sprinkle your fresh lawn clippings on the garage floor then sweep it clean.
  • Better organization of lawn equipment, sporting goods and bicycles also is crucial to a presentable garage. Install shelves and hooks to lift things off the floor and maintain order. Get in the habit of putting things back where they belong after use and regularly sweeping up.

While great strides have been made in garage door opener safety, it is still important to know about the heaviest door in your household and how to maintain it.

 

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Garage Door Maintenance Tips

August 31, 2011

Monthly Maintenance

Note: Do not operate door, either with operator or manually, if door springs are broken. Contact a trained door system technician for service.

  • Check your Door Springs and Door Hardware
  • Oil door rollers, bearing and hinges using silicone lubricant or light oil.
  • Ensure your Garage Door is balanced properly
  • Close door.
  • Release carriage from rail assembly by pulling emergency release cord.
  • Raise door manually about 3 - 4 feet. (Garage door should remain stationary or move slightly.)
  • Note: If door moves, have door serviced by a trained door system technician.
  • If door is properly balanced, re-attach carriage to rail assembly by pulling emergency release cord knob toward power head.
  • Close door.

Perform Contact Reverse Test

  • Lay 2” x 4” board flat on the floor in the center of the garage doorway
  • Close door using wall button or remote control (garage door should reverse off 2” x 4” within 2 seconds)
  • Note: If door fails to reverse on contact with board close force must be lowered. Refer to Contact Reverse section of owners manual. If, after lowering force, the operator still fails to reverse, replace operator or have operator serviced by a professional.
  • Perform Non-Contact Reverse Test
  • Place an object in the path of the sensor beam and operate the garage door opener. The garage door opener should not begin downward door movement.
  • Activate the garage door opener and insert an object into the path of the sensor beam. (Rolling a ball that is big enough to interrupt the sensor beam works well.) The garage door opener should stop the downward movement and reverse door travel direction.

Annual Maintenance

  • Lubricate Drive Screw (Screw Drive Operators Only)
  • Lubricate drive screw using Genie® GLU3 Lubricant
  • Note: Using anything other than GLU3 Lubricant may damage operator.

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