How to Get into a Locked Garage – The Hanger Trick
If you’ve ever locked your garage door remote or keys in the garage (or most likely both) you know how frustrating it can be. These days most garage doors are automatic. This means that when they close, they are not meant to be opened manually from the outside and are thus to all intents and purposes locked. You generally need a remote to get the door open or need to go into the garage through the side entry door in order to open the door using the control box on the wall. If you’ve left the keys to the entry in the garage or they are somewhere else than on your person you’re going to need a way to access the garage other than going in through the side door...
Garage Door Adjustments
Along with routine maintenance and repair of specific problems, there is another category related to garage door repair the deals with adjustments. These are adjustments that you can make to the system to insure that it is functioning optimally.
Stop Travel Switch
On most garage doors there is a switch near the top of the door on the central track (the one that usually has a chain running through it) that is adjustable. This switch protrudes downward next to the track so that when the door backs up upon opening, the door hits this switch and this causes the motor (and the door) to stop.
Indicators that this switch might need adjustment is that the door will back up too far or not far enough or there is buzzing after the door has opened...
Wooden Garage Door Maintenance and Repair
A whole different set of garage door repair priorities apply to wooden garage doors. This is because wood can rot and deteriorate in ways that the metal or laminate doors on most garage doors cannot. Thus the following are some maintenance and repair tips that deal with wooden garage doors.
Painting your Garage Door
Sealing and painting your wooden garage door is necessary to protect it against the elements. When painting your garage door, start by applying a good sturdy exterior primer. Then apply exterior paint in a few different coats. This will insure that your door is well coated and protected against rain, snow, sleet, hail, wind, and so on.
Your garage door may also need repainting...
Structural and Cosmetic Garage Door Repairs
Not all repairs to garage doors are simple due to the fact that the door won’t open and close. Some may because the garage door looks bad. It may be dented and dinged, may need a paint job, or may need some sections replaced. Here is some advice about dealing with these types of issues with your garage door.
Painting and Repainting
Perhaps the most common type of cosmetic improvement job for a garage door is repainting. Both metal and wooden doors need to be painted or repainted to protect them from the elements.
The best kinds of paints to use for metal and wooden garage doors are acrylics. You should start with and acrylic primer base coat. This is usually best if sprayed on. But if you don’t have a sprayer you can use a paintbrush...
Garage Door Repair – Mechanical Problems
Garage door repair solutions are sometimes fully mechanical in nature. One of the main categories of garage door problems could be called mechanical problems. Sometimes these problems need to be fixed by an experienced technician, but many times they are well within the capabilities of a homeowner to fix. Often a mechanically damaged or defective part simply needs to be replaced, and replacement parts are often available at the consumer level. The following are some examples of mechanical garage door repair problems you may encounter and some tips on remedying them.
Worn out Pulleys
Pulleys are a common mechanical garage door repair issue. There are usually four pulleys associated with your garage door...
How to Program a Garage Door Opener and Remote
If you have had a break in and want to change the control code for your garage door, or just want to update your system for routine security reasons, you need to know how to program the garage door opener and the remote control.
Although there can be some variation with different brands and varieties of garage door, the following is a typical process of how to program your remote control.
The following is how you would program the opener and remote on the popular Craftsman garage door system. This type of system is one of the most widely used today.
Make Sure there is Power to the Keypad
Most Craftsman garage door systems have a main wall mounted keypad on which numbers can be entered. The first step is to make sure this keypad has power...
Disclaimer: Working with electricity can be dangerous. This is intended as an informal information resource only. If you are uncomfortable with working with electricity do not attempt these inspections and repairs. And always make sure that the garage door opener is unplugged before accessing it.
Another class of garage door repair issues is ones that are electrical in nature. These problems may or may not be harder to diagnose and fix than mechanical type problems. Often they can indeed be fixed by a homeowner. Being electrical in nature, all of these problems involve either the overhead garage door opener box or the parts that activate them – the wall mounted control box or the remote. Here are some electrical problems you might encounter: