Don’t leave the garage door remote in your vehicle – If a thief breaks in to your car and steals the remote he has a way into your home.
Invest in a keychain remote opener – Stop using that remote you clip to your visor and get a keychain remote opener that you can leave on your keys.
Secure your garage door emergency release – It is as easy as throwing some zip-ties on your emergency release and still retain it’s intended function.
Keep it locked – Put a deadbolt on the door between your house and garage
Make sure the door from your garage into your house is as secure as your front door – Ensure you have a strong, sturdy door made out of solid-core wood or reinforced steel
Don’t leave your garage door open – It amazes me how many people in my neighborhood just leave their garage door open all the time. It’s just inviting someone to pop their heads in and grab something. Listen up America! I don’t care how safe you think your neighborhood is, good neighborhoods are the first place criminals like to drive through to case houses.
Install a wide-angle peephole in the door between your house and your garage – You’ll at least be able to see what’s going on if you hear a strange noise; rather than opening the door to find out.
Frost or cover your garage windows – Don’t do thieves any favors by enabling them to see when your vehicle is gone, a better idea would be to replace the door with one that lacks windows.
Padlock the throw latch on your garage door when you’re out of town – If you don’t have a manual lock on your garage door, you can use a c-clamp tightened down on each side of the door track to effectively “lock” down the door. It’s similar to those small window track locks you can buy for your home interior windows.
Don’t neglect maintenance on the mechanical parts of your roll-up garage door and keep an eye out for corrosion. Don’t forget the door from your garage to your house; check the frame, locks, hinges and any replaceable items
Remember to call The Woodlands Garage Door Service for all of your garage door needs
Back in the day, a garage was separate from your home where you had to go outside, lift the garage door open with a handle at the bottom of the door, get in your car, drive out, stop the car, and then go back to pull it shut with a long cord that hung from the top of the door. Jump ahead to today, where garages are entire rooms, heated, decorated, attached to the home and remote control accessed.
Gone are the days of manually opening the garage door. Remote control garage door openers have been around for a while, but keep getting perfected. A simple device such as this, makes our lives so much more convenient. As we pull up to our homes, we can start opening the garage from the top of the street, so it is already open when we arrive, to pull right in.
Garage door openers are either belt drive, chain driven or direct drive with an average speed of 7 inches/drop per second. There are faster openers that open at double the speed – 14 inches/drop per second. All automatic garage door openers are mandated to contain a sensor beam to detect a person or object in the way of a closing garage door, which then causes the door to stop losing and reverse back to open. They are also required to have a manual emergency release cord, a time reversing feature, automatic lights and a force adjustment feature. Safety is an important aspect to anything that automatically closes or opens, and a garage door is no exception.
With remote control garage door openers, it is important to have a rolling radio signal code to prevent thieves from capturing the code and breaking in. The ease of opening the garage should not be an invitation for burglar to come in. When approaching home, do open your garage door too soon and when you are not in sight of the garage. Look around the area and garage before pulling in and look in your rear view mirror as you come to a stop. Keep the door to your home from inside the garage locked. And, before you close the garage door, look around the car on both sides to make sure an intruder has not entered the garage undetected behind you. These are safety precautions everyone should be aware of to protect their home and family.
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Most garage doors share many of common parts like rollers, hinges, springs, locks, weather seals, cables, track and various brackets.
Basic maintenance like lubrication, balance, tightening nuts and bolts, and visual inspection is easy and necessary. Residential garage doors come in a few basic designs. Sectional doors which are the most common include torsion springs or extension springs. Most “Do-It-Yourselfers” can easily understand and repair extension spring doors.
Torsion spring doors can be a lot more difficult to work on. Most of the other parts on torsion spring doors can still be maintained easily like hinges, rollers, locks and weather seals BUT springs, bottom fixtures and cables should be left to the experienced professionals. Please do not attempt to repair or alter torsion spring assemblies if your are not trained. You can easily be hurt, seriously injured or injuries resulting in death may occur.
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Is it annoying when you open the garage door and squeaks & squeals? You no longer have to put up with that squeaking noise .
Here are three tips on how to make your garage door quieter:
Worn Hinges – the garage door hinges can wear out over the years or some of them may even be bent. This can cause the hinges to bind and squeak. Check all of the hinges and look for any damage or binding. Replace the hinges as needed.
Rollers – when the bearings in the rollers wear out they no longer roll properly or stop rolling altogether causing them to drag in the track. Check each roller and see that they are rolling freely and there’s no excessive wear. Warning:DO NOT replace the bottom two rollers unless you are skilled and knowledgeable in how garage doors work. These two rollers are in the bottom corner brackets which are connected to the cables which connect to the springs. The springs are under extreme pressure and can cause injuries if they are not replaced properly. All of the other rollers can be replaced without having to worry about the springs.
Lubrication – this is the most important & most often overlooked maintenance issue. Simply spray the springs, rollers, hinges, pulleys (if the door has them) and bearings. Stay away from grease – this tends to attract dirt and in cold weather areas the grease gets stiff. Stick with a light chain & cable fluid or garage door lubricant. Do this at least once a year
You can always call The Woodlands Garage Door Service & we will be more than happy to come over & do these things for you
I found this article on the web & thought I would share it is kind of interesting
Compared to other countries, the United States spends the most on housing and healthcare and the least on food, clothing and transportation. The question is why do Americans spend so much on housing and so little on food? What factors come into play on determining the price of these necessities?
Healthcare Americans pay more for healthcare. In fact, Americans pay nearly double that of the majority of other countries on a per capita basis. Countries with subsidized healthcare pay significantly less per capita and are able to allocate their funds elsewhere.
Transportation If you compare American transportation costs to that of the Japanese and the British, they look high. Simply put, North Americans just walk and bike ride less than those in Japan and Britain. The metro system in Europe is outstanding and things are a lot closer together in both countries. This makes it easier, and more practical, to walk and ride your bike. In turn, this saves Japanese and British citizens a lot of money.
If you compare the United States to Canada, you will see that fuel is another cheap commodity. On average, Americans pay a lot less than Canadians for fuel. At almost any given time there is a dollar or more gap between a gallon of gas in the U.S. and a gallon of gas in Canada.
Food According to The Atlantic, Food in the United States is highly subsidized (corn subsidies), and it is cheaper than in many other countries. Large quantities of inexpensive food are readily available to Americans. However, the food items available may not be the healthiest option and may attribute to increased obesity rates . Foods such as potato chips are easy and cheap to produce and may end up being a cheaper alternative than fresh fruits and vegetables.
Fast food is a great example of how convenience has become a less expensive option. Going to McDonald’s or Wendy’s has become second nature to some Americans and some would argue that it’s actually cheaper to eat out than to cook at home.
Housing Americans put a large amount of their paychecks towards their housing costs. An infographic from The Financial Post, published in June, shows that Americans pay roughly $4,500 for rent (two bedroom luxury in New York), while their Canadian counterparts only pay about $2,200 (two bedroom luxury in Vancouver). There are many other large American cities that are extremely expensive to live in.
Clothing Clothing is also an area where Americans pay less. Large corporations have the ability to mass-produce goods and are therefore able to sell them for less. Many malls in the United States have outlet stores that sell articles of clothing for a fraction of the price the clothes would be in the main store.
Americans are able to purchase clothing for relatively less, and as a result they are able to buy more. If a consumer was to feel satisfied after purchasing five shirts then he or she would reach this level of satisfaction for less capital in the United States than in neighboring countries. This might influence why Americans spend less on clothing than other countries.
The Bottom Line In the end, consumers spend differently because of the values they were taught and the relative costs of the items in their countries. What is expensive in one country may be cheap in another. Certain countries may value bigger homes, while others value fresh food. Perhaps Americans spend the way they do because they are building their American Dreams. It has been ingrained into us to want the biggest and best of everything.
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