821LM

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.

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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.

THE QUICK FIX
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.

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.

Garage Door Opener HP

We all like to have a high powered vehicle, with lots of horsepower. For every guy it is the same with every machine we get. Though we may not come across a 300HP garage door opener (atleast not yet!) Horsepower is important when considering a garage door opener.or HP is very basic information you need to know. The horsepower will assure that the garage door opener has enough power to lift your garage door. Therefore make sure you have checked your garage door, including height, weight, balance and type of garage door.

For most single and double car garage doors (up to 350 lbs), the 1/2 HP is adequate.

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The 1/2-horsepower motor is the most common type for residential use. It will work on one or two door garages. For heavier garage doors such as carriage house or solid wood garage doors, the 3/4-HP is ideal choice. The 3/4-HP is for super-heavy garage door (up to 500 lbs), more power is better than not enough. Don’t make the mistake of buying a 1/2-HP opener and installing it only to find out that you need a stronger opener to open your garage door.

Working in Your Garage | Safety Tips

People usually hurt themselves while doing a job or a hobby that you aren’t very familiar with or you don’t do that often. Stabbed myself with a crochet needle five times already.

Most men like to work in there garage, I don’t know it makes us feel like manly man, but no the less we should still take precautions to make sure that we don’t injure ourselves or someone else.

A lot of times we just tinker in the garage with small projects, and usually nothing more that small projects. Sometimes though we need to make larger repairs and for most of us this isn’t our main occupation.

A few things to keep in mind next time you have a DIY project in your garage:

Garage Safety Tips

  1.  Gas explosion or fire: Ocy-acetylene, LP and other gas vessels and pipes should be stored and operated clear of vehicles, heat, stoves, electricity, flammables, machinery, corrosives, and other gas vessels. If you store any type of gas in your garage, try to move it to somewhere out of your garage in a ventilated but sheltered area.
  2. Gas fire. Gas or Petrol storage: This should be minimized, and kept in a secure, dedicated container locked in the trunk of a vehicle. Keep a foam type fire extinguisher in every vehicle and at the door. Use non-flammable cleaning materials.
  3. Power tool injury: Turn off and/or unplug your equipment between each job. Do not wear loose clothing. Wear eye protection. Keep untrained people and children out of work and storage areas.
  4. Runaway Vehicle or Jack Drop: Keep keys out of ignition and vehicle off. Put emergency brake on. Park on level areas, never on an incline or decline. Jack in an unconstrained area, with tripod support.
  5. Electrical shock: Maintain electrical appliances, lines and connections. Make sure all electrical equipment has a secure ground before operating. Don’t just break the ground off your extension cord because you just have two prong outlets, REPLACE THE OUTLET. Keep a foam type fire extinguisher at the entrance.
  6. Hand tool injuries. Wear eye, hand and foot protection for heavy handling, cutting, sawing, and hammering. Use the right tools for the right job.
  7. Dust inhalation, chemical and exhaust fumes: Work in a ventilated area, nothing you are doing is that top secret that you can’t keep the garage door open. Used oil must be delivered to your nearest lubricants supplier or Gas Station. Fuel or oil in a drain could ignite in contact with drainpipe gases.

Should I insulate my garage?

Don’t Break the Bank for Nothing!

In effort to save money on energy bills, people think insulating anything and everything will help retain heat and thus run the furnace a little less. While that is true in areas of the house that are conditioned with heat or AC, this isn’t the case for the garage. Trust me, I found out the hard way, after breaking the bank. I insulated my entire garage which is not heated … the walls, ceiling, and garage door and notice only a small difference.

Some will spend $500 insulating, only to find out the there isn’t much of a difference. You may only notice 15°F difference, so when going from 5°F to 20°F, you still aren’t going to spend a whole lot of time in the garage, so why bother? Now if I spent a lot of time in the garage and added a heater, that’s a different story and I would probably see a big difference. In that case, insulating the garage is definitely worth it.

Unless your garage is heated though, insulation will have little affect on the temperature of your garage in cold climates. Just because you add insulation won’t make the garage that much warmer or cooler. The main purpose of insulation is to slow the conduction of heat from the walls and ceiling to the outside and vice-verse. Insulation does not generate heat. If your garage is already cold, the area will virtually remain the same temperature whether you have insulation or not. And remember this, when you open your garage door in an unheated yet insulated garage, you recycle the air in a matter of seconds then trap the new cold air until you open the door again. And no, things like a refrigerator, freezer, or lights will not heat the garage to make the insulation worthwhile.

Some have argued that the wall(s) which separate the main house from the garage will allow some heat to pass and thus warm the garage, but that shouldn’t be the case! The walls which separate the garage from your main house should be insulated to prevent as much heat as possible from conducting into the garage from the house. If those walls are not insulated or not insulated enough such that your garage is warm without a heater, then that is something I would fix immediately so as to retain as much heat as you can in the living space of your house where your heater is working hard to keep it warm. In that case, adding more insulation may be necessary.

R13 Insulation

Now, if you do want a warm garage, then I would add a heater and insulate the ceiling, walls, and garage door. Depending on the size of your garage, insulating the walls with batts of R-13 will typically run you about $100. If the ceiling has 24″ center joists, that will cost about $200. The garage door will cost about $100 if you use the pink Styrofoam stuff from Home Depot, but that will only insulate your door to about R-6. If you spend a lot of time in the garage, buying an insulated garage door might be better, but it will cost you about $1500.

But before you do anything, the best way to make your garage a little more comfortable is to stop any cold air infiltrating into your garage from the outside. Put new weather-stripping down where the garage door makes contact with the ground. If you have a door entrance from outside into the garage, make sure the seal is intact and no air is coming in around the frame. These are good first steps that will only cost you about $40 and can make quite a difference. Even a slight draft can make your garage feel much colder than it really is when it’s 10°F outside.