If it ain’t broke why fix it!?!

Sometime we neglect the older things because well….”If it ain’t broke why fix it!”

But we don’t want to wait until we have a serious problem and then find a solution. If your garage is outdated take a look at this “outdated” video as a reminder.


Quick Tip to quiet your garage door.

Found a nice tip on how to quiet your garage door. Overtime every garage door gets a little noisy. If you can be woken up by your garage door going up and down, these tips my help.

Align your Garage Door Safely

The most common problem people have is with there safety sensors.  They are located near the bottom of the track of the garage door near the floor.  Generally, but not always, when the door opens but won’t close it tends to be a safety sensor alignment issue.  Usually the light bulbs will flash on the garage door opener unit to alert you to the fact that it is a safety sensor or photo eye problem. Irregardless of the manufacturer, your safety sensors should have LED lights on them and those lights should be solid at all times.   When the LED lights aren’t solid is when you have a problem closing the garage door.   Realigning the sensors could be as simple as loosening a wing nut and moving the sensor until the light stays solid or, you may have to remove the sensor from the bracket all together and then re-install it to realign it.   Some sensors are mounted on flimsy brackets  which can simply be bent around a bit to realign them.

Another possible problem with the safety sensors could be that the lenses on the sensors have become covered with a layer of dust that blocks the beam  which will keep the door from closing.  The lenses can be cleaned with a soft cloth.   Be careful not to move the sensors around when doing this or you could cause them to go out of alignment if they are currently aligned.

Tips to avoid Break-in

Precision Door and the St. Charles Police Department are offering the following TIPS:


1. Lock all doors that lead into your house from the garage.
2. Make sure your garage door is shut and secure at night.
3. Close and lock all windows in your garage at night.
4. Lock all cars parked inside and outside the garage, do not leave remotes laying in visible areas.
5. Make sure the garage door is not disengaged from the opener, this allows the door to be manually opened.
6. Do not let children play with your car keys, they might accidentally unlock your car or open your garage door.
7. Report any suspicious activity to your local police department.

Take Extra Precaution: A Thief can Still Break-In Easily

If you have taken the above precautions, a trained thief can still possibly gain entrance through your garage door.   See our previous blog posting that shows how easily it is for a trained thief to open your garage door, and how an easy an inexpensive precaution could stop them.