Garage Door Openers – The Dark Side

When you purchase a garage door opener, what comes to mind? Most likely a device that will help you open and close your garage door. Well not for John Eady, 61, from Sheffield. He discovered that the device used to opener doors could also be used to block police scanners.

Not Just a Garage Door Opener

The device is the Target LT (Laser Track) 400, is used to send a signal to your garage door as you approach to tell it to open. The manufactures of the product though realized that it also will interfere with police scanner. This being said, are people really buying it for a garage door opener?  The LT400 is said to be the first device of its kind available in Britain and is sold with the warning that it should only be used for the purposes for which it was designed – opening things. Even the sales reps are quoted as saying “as well as functioning as an automatic remote control system, the LT400 is also an effective counter-measure against police speed laser guns.” The manual does give you a warning “Please be aware that to use it to actively interfere with police laser guns may be deemed an offence.”



Replace a Battery in a Garage Door Opener Remote

Please, Please OPEN!!!

The time comes when all off us pull up to our garage door, reach our hand to the visor, and push the button and….(to our dismay)… nothing happens. We frantically press the button again and again. Possibly thinking that after pressing it 20 times in a row it will mystically open. The culprit.., a dead battery! Solution: Call the Garage Door repair man and ask him to change the battery? You could but I am sure you would rather spend the cost of his services on something else.

To replace the battery just follow the simple instructions below.


  1. Open the remote. There are two usual ways to open the remote. Many models are secured shut with one or two small screws on the back. Typically this is a small phillips-head screw. Loosen the screw with your screwdriver, and then open the remote. You may also have to look for a pry point and pry open the remote with a small slot-head screw driver.
  2. Some remotes are even easier. Look for a sliding door on the back — simply push it off with your thumbs.
  3. Remove the garage door remote battery(s). Typically, you’ll find either standard AAA or AA type batteries or round “watch” style batteries.
  4. Buy new batteries. AA and AAA batteries can be had at any department, drug, or grocery store. Watch-style batteries are commonly available at drug store and electronics stores. Radio Shack is an excellent option. Take the old battery(s) with you to ensure you purchase a correct replacement.
  5. Place the new batteries in the garage door remote, close it and test operation. If your remote works properly, you’re all set. If it does not, you may want to consider calling a repair service for the garage door.


Oh No! It stopped working!

Cold Winter Day

You wake up one morning and you go to open your garage door and unexpectedly… it does not open. You begin to get a little anxious, “Why won’t it open?” you say to yourself. Millions of us have been there. I can personally testify I have been there. Especially when you are on your way to work, it is a cold winter day, and you can not get the garage to open. Well this is actually a built in feature, garage door openers are designed to stop working if anything goes wrong. You might be thinking “OK?” (with a puzzled look on your face), great safety feature. The good news is that aside from a breakdown, most garage door opener problems can be resolved with minor adjustments.

Garage Door OpenerMost manufacturers recommend that you inspect your garage opener once every two months. Inspect the springs and mounting hardware for the door itself. Refer to your owner’s manual for procedures to test the door balance and contact reverse. The contact reverse is a safety feature that lifts the door if it encounters an obstruction.

  1. Troubleshooting Your Garage Door Opener
    Garage door opener doesn’t work from the wall control.
    Check the circuit breaker and wiring connections. Look for breaks in the wires-nails staples and other fasteners can cut insulation and short wiring.
  2. Garage door opener starts for no reason.
    Erase and reprogram the remote control memory. Check to see if the wall control buttons are sticking. Check all wiring for shorts.

  3. Garage door starts down, then stops and goes back up.
    Check to see if the safety LED system is blocked or misaligned. Try adjusting the Close Force setting per the owner’s manual.

  4. Why is it stopping?Garage door opener will close, but not open.
    Check the wiring on the Open Limit switch. Try adjusting the Open Force setting according to the owner’s manual.

  5. Garage door opener will open, but not close.
    Check to see if the safety LED system is blocked or misaligned. Check the wiring on the Close Limit switch. Try adjusting the Close Force setting according to the owner’s manual.

  6. Garage door starts up but stops before it’s completely open.
    Make sure the door, springs and garage door opener are all lubricated and in working order. Check the wiring on the Open Limit switch. Try adjusting the Open Force setting per the owner’s manual.

  7. Garage door opener runs, but door doesn’t open.
    Check to make sure the carriage hasn’t been disconnected from the drive. Check Open and Close Force settings per the owner’s manual.

  8. Remote control only works at short range.
    Replace the battery. Try placing the remote in another position in the car. Re-position garage door opener’s antenna.

Reasons to Replace your Garage Door

Ever wondered if it was time to replace your garage door? Maybe it is starting to look old than your house! It is true that no matter how much maintenance we may do, there comes a time when we have to replace our garage door. This can actually be a fun experience, instead of a daunting one, as it can change the complete look of your home.  According to the some Garage Door experts here are some reasons for replacing your old garage door:

Increase the value of your home.

Replacing an old garage door with a new stylish maintenance free door will do wonders for the value of your home. Many Real Estate agents will confirm that it is easier to sell your home when the garage door looks good.

Improve the appearance of your home.

Some garage doors come in as many as 15 colours in a baked-on paint finish, many different styles and a wide variety of windows, all of which can give your home a new look.

Lower your heating and cooling bills with an R-16 insulated garage door.

A properly insulated garage door can pay for itself over time by reducing your energy costs by keeping the heat out in the summer and the cold out in the winters. This savings will occur when you have living quarters above the garage or when the garage is being used as a work shop.

Reduce your maintenance time.

Many metal doors are low maintenance when you choose a pre-finished colour. They require only mild soap and water for cleaning. So say goodbye to painting and scraping and hello to more leisure time.

Protect items stored in your garage from the elements.

Many people use their garage for storage. To protect those items from the damage caused by extreme heat and cold, choose an insulated door with a thermo barrier that prevents heat or cold from traveling from the outside surface to the inside surface. You can also combine this with a PVC weather-strip with screw cover and double fin rubber seal and bottom rubber weather-strip.

Increase the uses for your garage.

With the use of an insulated garage door between R-12 and R-18, you will find the garage a more pleasant place to work in. Your garage can be used as a workshop, art studio, playroom or a heated storage room.

Increase the security of items stored in your garage.

It is much easier to kick in or drill through a wooden or metal non-insulated door than a metal urethane insulated door which is at least 1 3/4″ thick and has a metal skin front and back. This can be enough to deter a thief from trying to break through a metal insulated door.

Prevent easy access to your home.

The garage door is the largest access to your home. Many new garage door openers come with the rolling code technology, which makes it far more difficult to gain access when the opener uses one of 100-billion new codes each time the door is opened.

Reduce the risk of injury.

Photo eyes which are now mandatory, sense when something is in the way or passing through the opening when the door is coming down. This has two benefits, when the light beam is broken, the garage door will reverse back up when coming down to prevent an injury and / or turn on a light so you will see where you are going when it is dark.

Garage Doors | How to choose the right material?

Can't Take Anymore!

Purchasing or replacing a garage door can be a frustrating experience. Call for prices, check your budget, search for reviews, I am tired just thinking of it! First, we all want to get the best bang for our buck. We want to stretch the dollar as far as we can, while getting a good quality product. Second, (if you’re like me) you think that the sales person is more concerned with the sale then what you actually need. How can you choose the right material, with out the pushy sales-rep? Well we need to start with the basics, what is the garage door made of?

Garage Doors | Steel

Steel is the probably the most popular material for residential and commercial garage doors. When you hear the term “cheap garage doors”, yes you guessed it, it is steel. Compared with other material steel is one of the cheapest. The one benefit is that steel garage doors are durable and do not require a lot of maintenance, this can save you money done the road. No need to stain it with the change of seasons and less likely to break when you kids start kicking the soccer ball against it (though it might leave a nice dent).

If though you are one of those energy saving people, this might not be your choice, as it usually isn’t insulated. Also if you’re concerned with noise, ya cross this one out. When you open and close your garage door it is going to be loud. Though when your kids kick the soccer ball, you’ll know!

When choosing a steel garage door you must keep in mind that it will come in various gauges. Gauges? The gauge lets your know the thickness of the steel. The higher the number the thinner the steel. The lower the number the thicker the steel. The average residential house will have a gauge of 27-28, while commercial doors will have a gauge of around 24.

Garage Doors | Aluminum

Aluminum is very similar to steel but lets just say that it won’t be a “maybe” if the soccer ball leaves a dent, it WILL! Though if you really need to save your pennies then aluminum is your choice.

Garage Doors | Wood

Wood garage doors are excellent to increase the appeal of your home, but the garage door maintenance is increased. Wooden garage doors come in numerous finishes and styles as well as the possibility of decorative windows and hardware. The garage door cost will be lower if it is painted with flat hardboard panels, but stained doors look better(though usually a little more).  Most wood doors must be re-stained frequently as well as regular garage door maintenance to avoid wood rotting and splintering. Wood is a natural insulator, while steel will suck in the cold. It is important to know that steel can be insulated to offer better energy conservation.

These are just 3 of the most common garage door material types that you will encounter. Keep in mind that no matter the material maintenance and repair is needed.