In one of our previous posts, we talked about the app that allows you to open your garage door from your iPhone. We also mentioned that for now the app is only available for iPhone. For those of you who have gone against the flow of the iPhone, there’s another way to use your phone to open your garage door. NEW Liftmaster 821LM Universal garage door opener smartphone controller will work with most garage door openers..Genie, Liftmaster, Chamberlain, Stanley, Linear, Moore-o-Matic, Wayne Dalton, Craftsman, Sears! Sounds complicated? Getting started is as simple as three easy steps.

You will need the MyQ serial number from your new device during registration.

  1. Connect your new Gateway or MyQ Garage to your internet router. A green light will come on when your new device and router are connected.

  2. Create an account by selecting Sign Up and complete the registration. (You will need a valid email address to complete registration)

  3. Download the MyQ app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or visit LIftmaster mobile on your other mobile devices.


New Living Space in the Garage, 5 Things to Consider

1. The floor. A converted garage is made into a bright and spacious living space. The new concrete floor is raised above street level to keep water out of the interior. More often than not, the existing garage floor concrete slab is sloped, cracked and quite a bit lower than the house floor. So converting a garage to living space usually requires installing a new floor structure. There are several options for doing this. One is to build up a wood framed floor that aligns with the floor in the main house. Another is to install a wood framed or concrete floor that is a step or two down from the main house. An advantage to installing a concrete “topping slab” over the existing floor is that a radiant heating system can be installed within the concrete.

2. The opening. When converting a garage to livable space, there’s always the issue of what to do with the garage door opening. Because this opening and the garage doors have such a large impact on the overall look of the house, it makes sense to fill the opening with a large-scale element. For example, a good solution is to keep a garage door in the opening while making sure the door is weather tight.

3. Windows. Additional windows will more than likely have to be installed, as garages typically have few, if any, windows. It’s important to check and comply with any local building codes and ordinances when sizing and locating these new windows.

4. Additional plumbing. Adding a kitchen or bathroom to a garage conversion can be difficult because tying into the existing plumbing lines is problematic. That’s not to say it shouldn’t be done as, say, an additional bathroom is always a nice amenity to have. So investigating ways (such as building up the floor to provide a space for plumbing pipes) to overcome the technical difficulties is well worth doing.

5. Ceiling height. Though the type of framing used at the garage roof will dictate what can be done economically, increasing the height of the ceiling is a possibility if the garage is free standing or has no second floor above it. A vaulted ceiling will certainly add to the room’s overall spaciousness.

4 Ways to Protect Your Garage From Winter

Yes winter is approaching what are we to do? Well we got to prepare.

Fix or Replace Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping creates a seal between the garage door and garage door opening. “Over time, this weatherstripping can become brittle and cracked, allowing air to make its way between the door and the frame and create cold drafts,” says Konrad Witek, director of engineering at eComfort.com.

If you feel air seeping into the garage, Witek says, remove the existing weatherstripping and scrape off any remaining sealant. “A pry bar and flat scraper or putty knife will make the process much easier,” he says. The cleaner and smoother you can make the surface, the easier it will be to install the new weatherstripping, and the better it will seal.

Once the old weather stripping is removed, you can begin measuring to apply the new one. To align the weatherstripping, Witek says you’ll need to close the garage door and then align the weather stripping so that the rubber flap flattens slightly against the door. “This will ensure a good seal and easy operation of the garage door,” he says.

Insulate Your Garage Walls

However, while it’s not hard to purchase fiberglass batt insulation, installing it correctly is another story, Sainz says. “Always be sure to select the proper thickness for your walls and read the installation guide carefully,” Sainz says.

Common mistakes include failure to securely fasten the batt insulation, not supporting it, or cutting it too long or short for the location. “Insulation needs to have a snug fit, but it can’t be jammed in too tightly,” he says.

Fix Up the Garage Door

Witek says there is a variety of products available to insulate garage doors, including specifically designed kits. “Insulation options include foam board, reflective barriers, and fiberglass batt insulation,” he says.

Regardless which option you choose, Witek says the insulation will need to be cut to fill the garage door panels, then secured with adhesive to make sure it stays put. “Some garage doors will not have recessed panels that make for an easy insulation project,” he says.

Struggling to insulate the door, or still feeling the cold even after putting it in? In some cases, Witek says, the best option may be to replace the door with a modern, insulated design.

Install a Unit Heater in Your Garage

Weatherstripping and insulation will help to protect your garage from extreme winter weather, but on their own, they’re not going to keep the garage toasty warm for you. Unit heaters are a great way to heat a garage with minimal space requirements and construction costs, Witek says.

First, choose between a gas or electric heater. Gas-fired units are usually cheaper to operate but are more difficult to install because they require a gas supply and exhaust venting, Witek says. “And electric models are easier to install, but are more costly to operate than gas-fired models.” This makes electric unit heaters a great option in areas with mild winters or where you only need heat occasionally, he says.

Another, more efficient electric option worth considering is a mini-split heat pump. “This type of unit will provide efficient year-round heating and cooling to the garage with only a 3-inch hole through an exterior wall required for installation,” Witek says.

If you can’t afford or don’t have time to do every one of these things before winter, start with one. When it comes to winterizing your garage, every little bit helps.

Source: 4 Ways to Protect Your Garage From Winter – Popular Mechanics

My Garage Opener is Frozen!

freezing-manWhat to do? What to do? Yes it seems like the garage door opener is frozen. Well that is possible as mechanical devices can freeze with extreme cold conditions.

Most garage door openers made in the past 15 years have pressure adjustments for both raising and lowering. Check and adjust these settings seasonally to keep things running smoothly.

12 Tips on how to troubleshoot Garage Door Tips.

We all have are little ways of  find a quick fix, especially when we are late for work and our garage door won’t close again. Here are some tips that you can review in order to see what the real problem is (Most likely when you get home from work).

Troubleshooting Steps

1. Check the power source. It may be that electricity is no longer getting to the garage door’s electrical components. If the problem is anything more than a plug that has come loose from the socket you may want to go ahead and call that repair person. If all appears to be well with the flow of electricity to the garage door proceed to the next step.

2. Pull the emergency release chain. If doing so does not open the door you should move onto the next step.

3. Check for any obstructions in the door tracks. Small pebbles, globs of paint or hard packed dirt balls may be keeping the door from moving properly. If that is the case, remove the obstruction. If the door still doesn’t move continue on to the next step.

4. Check for any damage to the door itself. Perhaps your significant other or your teenager accidently hit the door with a bicycle or something else. If you notice damage to the door fix it and see if it alleviates the problem. If it does correct the problem continue to the next step.

5. Let the motor of the opener cool for 15 minutes. It could be that the opener has over heated or is over loaded. If letting it cool doesn’t rectify the problem you will need to look ahead to the next step.

6. Press the auxiliary push button control. If the door still doesn’t work, a faulty push button controller could be to blame.

If the door does work when you press the auxiliary push button control but not when you use the transmitter your transmitter batteries may need to be replaced.

If replacing the transmitter batteries doesn’t solve the problem move on to the code box. If doing all of that still has not resolved the issue look to the next step for possible relief.

7. Sometimes if a neighbor is inadvertently using the same garage door security code as you it will cause your garage door to cease functioning properly. To ascertain if this is the problem try changing your security code. If changing the security code doesn’t work move on to the header and or door bracket.

8. Over time the header and or door bracket can work their way loose and cause the door to bind. Inspect and correct any alignment issues and make sure that the header and or door bracket is remains securely fastened in place. If the problem is not caused by the header or door bracket, move on to examining the transmitter and drive unit.

9. If the transmitter activates the drive unit but the garage door still does not move you will want to examine the drive belt.

10. If you notice any unnecessary play in the belt that connects the pulley to the motor you will need to tighten the belt. It is imperative to note that over tightening the belt can also cause problems to go slowly. If adjusting or replacing the drive belt has not satisfied the problem it may be the garage door’s sensitivity control.

11. If the garage door reverses while it’s moving up or down, it may be that the safety sensitivity control needs to be adjusted. This is also the case if the door won’t reserve at all. Try adjusting the safety sensitivity control and if that still doesn’t resolve things move on to examining the height adjustment screws.

12. If the garage door partially opens or closes it may be that height adjustment screws that need your attention. Try adjusting the screws and then try operating the door again to see if adjusting the screws caused any improvements in the situation. If it did not you may have no other choice but to call in the professionals.

Replacing a Lock on your Garage!

Key snaps, handle breaks what to do next. That small lock on your garage can easily be replaced. While most people have garage door openers, the lock on the door adds an extra barrier of security.

Step 1: Start with the garage door closed and the latch in the handle fully engaged. Use a pair of vise grips to grip the track on either side of the garage door. This will prevent the garage door from moving when you remove and replace the lock.

Step 2: Detach the cable rods from the lock. They should be located on the inside of the garage door on the lock handle. Most are attached with screws, so you’ll need a screwdriver to remove them. Others clip into place without any detachable fasteners.

Step 3: Remove the fasteners that hold the actual garage door lock handle into place. There are usually two screws that must be pulled out.

Step 4: Pull the inside of the garage door lock handle until it comes free from the garage door.

Step 5: Go to the front of the garage door and pull out the front portion of the garage lock.

Step 6: Push the inside portion of the new garage door lock handle into place through the hole.

Step 7: On the other side of the door, press the door handle into place. Make sure that the two pieces fit together properly and can be turned to operate the handle easily.

TIP: This step requires the help of someone who can press the outside piece of the handle into place.

Step 8: Install the two screws included with the garage door lock with a screwdriver to secure the two pieces of the handle together.

Step 9: Attach the cable rod to the new handle. Attach the door handle to the metal bar on the garage door.

Step 10: Test the handle, making sure the lock fully works and operates the cable rod and center bar properly. When you are satisfied, remove the vise grips.

Maintenance Tips for the Winter

It has happened to all of us. We come home and it is below freezing, we just want to park the car in the garage and the garage won’t open. You try and try but to no avail. Though we do not want to think about it, we are approaching the winter. Now is the ideal time to take care of your garage door and avoid being left out in the cold. By following these three easy steps, you and your garage door will be prepared for winter.

The First Step

Clean the exterior of the door(s). To do this you will need to a mix a mild detergent, such as dawn, with water and clean the door as you would your car, making sure to rinse thoroughly. Once the garage door is clean, you will want to apply car wax to help protect it from acid rain, rust and the sun, not to mention adding a nice sleek finish.

Second Step

You will then need to clean the weather stripping at the bottom of the door. Using a cloth and all-purpose cleaner, remove any dirt and rinse with water. As you are cleaning the weather stripping it is also important to look for areas that may need to be replaced due to cracking. If there are cracks or tears in the weather stripping, it allows for snow and cold weather drafts to come inside.

If your garage door has windows you will also want to make sure the seals are tight around the frames, if not then frost will get between the window panes as temperatures reach freezing.

Last Step

Lastly it is time to move to the inside of the garage where all the moving parts are located that are essential to the functioning of the garage door. With a cloth remove the grease build-up from the track and rollers. Once the grease has been removed lubricate the rollers, hinges and track with regular grade machine oil, making sure to wipe away any excess oil with a cloth.

To really be effective be sure to make a routine of cleaning your garage door at least twice a year to ensure it functions and looks as good as the day it was installed. And with the proper care and maintenance, your door is sure to last for years to come.

Weekend DIY Garage Projects

Install Motion Sensors

Motion lights are a safe and efficient source for outdoor lighting. Admit it, it’s kind of nice to walk up to a home and have the lights turn on for you like magic. It’s welcoming… and it’s definitely a great security feature. Outdoor motion lights and sensors range from $30 all the way up to $200 and they come in all sorts of shapes, colors,and installation options. The solar powered ones are really cool. Sears even has portable, LED motion sensors.URL But if you’re replacing an existing outdoor light fixture start by cutting the power to the fuse or breaker. Remove the old light and disconnect the wiring. Install the new fixture and match up each wire with it’s respective terminal: black (hot), white (neutral) and green (ground). Just replace wire for wire on the new fixture. If you’re installing new lights, call an electrician. The whole idea here is safety.

Paint The Floor

Adding a little color to your floors can give your garage a whole new look. If you don’t want to paint the entire thing, painting at least the floor will make it pop and give it a fresh, clean look. First, make sure the surface is clean and dry. Tape off all the areas you don’t want to get paint on and then simply paint two coats using a latex and floor enamel in the color of your choice. This will be durable and won’t have a strong odor or slow-dry time like oil paint.

Perform A Garage Door Tune-Up

Make sure your garage door is functioning smoothly by giving it a small tune-up. Coat the springs and the chain with a lubricant. You should also replace the rubber seal on the bottom of the door. Then, inspect the rollers and replace them if broken or damaged in any way.

Install Wall Shelves

Installing a shelf in your garage is a weekend project worth looking into since it creates extra storage space in an otherwise empty room. We recommend that you use pre-packaged shelves if you’d prefer avoiding using big tools.First, make the appropriate measurements to ensure the units are aligned properly. Then, drill in the anchors, followed by the screws and, voila, your garage shelf is complete.

 Hang A Peg Board

One of the easiest ways to stay organized in your garage or shed is to install a pegboard, which you can find at any big box home improvement store. This will help to keep tools and supplies in order and free up valuable floor space. What’s not to like?

Organize Your Stuff

Trying to find something in this area can often be stressful because it tends to be a catch-all for everything you don’t want inside the house. Installing cabinets and shelves will make it easier to find things. You should also label everything from Christmas decorations to sporting equipment.

The 6 Essentials for Every Garage

Safety Gear

Don’t put yourself in a bind in which you can’t find your safety glasses but need to work on a project, so you proceed without eye protection. Set up your shop with a dedicated area for safety equipment. You’re much more likely to actually don safety gear if you’re able to find it easily.

At the very least, you should keep two pairs of impact-rated safety glasses (one for yourself, one for an onlooker or a partner), safety goggles that wrap tight to your face for chemical splash protection, leather and/or mechanics gloves, disposable gloves, earplugs or earmuffs, a face shield (to be used with safety glasses) and a brand-name disposable respirator. You should also download and print out material safety and data sheets for any hazardous chemicals you use or store in your garage. Plus, keep a small first-aid kit handy.


Power Strips and Extension Cords

If you find yourself hunting for free power outlets, it’s time to think about power strips and extension cords. A 4-foot, 10-outlet power strip is perfect for placement on a workbench and can handle corded tools and cordless-tool battery chargers with ease. Use smaller power strips to make difficult-to-reach outlets more accessible. For the garage, use metal-encased power strips like the Yellow Jacket surge protector; they typically come with generous 15-foot cords.


General Storage

Pegboard, a garage staple, is by far the most economical way to store individual tools and pieces of equipment. There are different hooks available for hammers, extension cords and other tools.


Tool Chests

The more tools you own, the more important organization becomes—few things are as frustrating as spending an hour looking for a tool you need for a 15-minute project.



A workbench is the first thing you should build or buy since it will be central to most of your projects.

A DIY workbench can be as simple as slapping an old solid-core door or plank of medium-density fiberboard (MDF) on top of two sawhorses. If you want something more sophisticated, though, there are hundreds of easy-to-build designs floating around the Web for workbenches constructed of 2 x 4s and 4 x 4s .


Inadequate lighting can hurt the quality of your work and lead to time-consuming or costly mistakes. Luckily, it’s not too difficult or costly to upgrade your lighting with ceiling-mounted fluorescent light fixtures. Start by looking at 4-foot instant-on T8 bulb fixtures with wide reflectors or diffusers.

Hanging shop lights, such as this low-profile one by Lithonia, are single-, double- or four-bulb fixtures that drop down from above your workbench to provide illumination where you need it most. Sometimes just adding one of these lamps to an otherwise dimly lit garage can lead to noticeably better visibility.

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.