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Garage Door Troubleshooting

10 Reasons Garage Doors can Stop Working

Whether you call it a garage opener, clicker, button, clicky-thing, or door opener, the device you use to open and close your garage door is a handy and essential tool. We understand how frustrating it can be when these remote operators stop working out of nowhere. While we all enjoy the convenience provided by these devices, we understand that when they fail you might be confused as to what the proper path of action should be. In case your garage door remote doesn’t open, here’s a list of ten tips to follow to help move you towards the direction you need to be going.

 

A. Check the Battery

This should remain obvious. Batteries degrade over time. Look at whatever battery is already present in the remote, and look for any signs of battery corrosion. Replace as needed with the correct battery type, and test to see if it works. If it doesn’t, move on towards the below tips.

 

B. Look at the Battery Terminals

These can get loose over time as the batteries get replaced. Try pinching the terminals together to help strengthen and tighten the connections between the terminal and battery in order to make sure both poles of the battery are maintaining proper contact with the channeling devices. If the terminals are dirty or corroded with battery acid or dirt, clean them with a small abrasive emery board before you install a brand new battery.

C. Try reprogramming your remote

Brand new remote models won’t carry the need to be reprogrammed time to time, but many older models do. If you tried replacing the battery and it didn’t work, reprogram it – older models might not retain the memory once the battery is changed. Refer to the manual that came with the remote in order to find out how to reprogram it- and if you don’t have the physical manual, do a Google search – many of these are available online.

 

D. Check if buttons are stuck together.

Just as batteries can degrade and corrode over time, buttons on remotes can become clogged with dirt, skin cells, or other particulate matter – especially if it’s dropped in the road or driveway. If the button sticks when you press it, try running a light Q-Tip soaked in alcohol around the edges of the button to see if it helps degrade whatever is sticking it together- don’t use too much! If this doesn’t work, it might be time to get a replacement for your remote.

 

E. Check the lens for dirt

The safety sensors on the garage might collect accumulating dirt or cobwebs over time since they are often placed in an out-of-the way area by the ceiling. Any dirt obscuring the lens of the sensor can make it very difficult for the remote to register it’s signal with the sensor. Use a soft dry rag or tissue to wipe off the sensor until it’s clean, and try again.

 

F. Check to see if a wire is broken or has shorted.

Make sure to check the internal garage sensor to see that all wires are still firmly attached – if the ends of the wires look degraded or rusty, cut off the damaged area, and pull back the plastic coating to see if there’s enough clean undamaged wire to reattach it to the eye of the sensor. You can track the wires from the sensor eye to its ceiling power source, seeing if there’s any breaks made by holes or staples in the wiring – any faulty wiring will need to be replaced.

 

G. Make sure the sensors are aligned properly

Proper alignment is shown by the blinking LED light on the sensor’s ‘eye’ – they are maintained by being held with a metal bracket, and can get knocked out of alignment quite easily. Try making the bracket tighter, and wiggle the sensor. If the light comes back on, it probably worked. This should always be done according to the particular construction of your LED sensor – refer back to your owner’s manual.

 

H. Check for Power Surges or Power Loss

Lighting, blackouts, or other forms of power outages can override the very thin circuitry in the powerhead of your sensor or even wall fuses. Power surges can travel throughout the wiring of your home, even if it happens in another area of your house. If you think that your house may have been hit by lightning, the best thing to do is to contact a professional.

 

  1. Investigate potential Sunlight Damage

If the sun shines directly into the sensor’s eye, it can damage it. The sensor will start thinking that there’s a weird obstruction causing the garage door to suddenly reverse or stop moving at all. Try changing the location of the sensor to a shaded, but visible area, and try again.

 

J. Search for Water Damage

This is a common occurrence in basements or garages without proper insulation – rain or condensation can form, and the moisture can damage any circuit boards. Water damage is indicated with brown stains onto the circuit board – try repairing any water leaks that you have, reinforcing them with weather sealant around the entire perimeter of the garage’s door in order to prevent more damage from happening in the future.

 

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Risks of Do It Yourself (DIY) Door Installation

Professional VS DIY Door Installation

Are you blessed with rare Do It Yourself project skills? Is the brand new tile floor in your bathroom or marble countertop on your kitchen all due to your hard won efforts? If so, congratulations! However, if you’re like most people, you’re not quite sure of your Do It Yourself construction skills. Before embarking on any project, we recommend asking yourself whether you want to undergo the effort that it takes to bring a complicated construction project to fruition on a solo basis. Here’s a list of some of the most important risks that you should consider before starting a project like this.

 

Things can easily go awry with any project and door installation is absolutely not an exception to that rule. When you’re installing a door – anywhere in the house, but specifically an entrance door, it’s essential to make sure that all your measurements are correctly on the dot. You’re the only one responsible to making sure that every detail adheres correctly. If you accidentally miss any detail while you’re working on the door, you’re taking the risk of having shoddy construction. These drawbacks can include:

  • Doors that don’t hold heat inside the home in Winter weather.
  • Doors that don’t hold the cold air inside in Summer weather.
  • Doors that bang against objects in your home.
  • Door that scrape or adhere to objects outside your home or the doorway.
  • Doors that stick or shudder when you’re sliding or swinging them open.
  • Doors that are insecure; if a criminal or burglar comes, they can easily get inside them.
  • Door frames that leave room for mice, bugs, ants, cockroaches, termites, or other pests to come inside through.
  • Doors with a joint gap that allows water to leak into your walls. This is disastrous. Water damage is incredibly harmful to your home on multiple levels.
  • Doors that don’t help you take advantage of the energy savings that can come with modern designed doors – water leaks aren’t the only concern you should have; you should also want to know that energy isn’t leaking inside or outside your home.
  • You can potentially hurt yourself. Knee or back injuries are common with amateur Do It Yourself door installation attempts; this is even worse if it happens to a friend or someone who has volunteered their time to help assist you with the project.
  • Nasty dings, scrapes, or scratches on the door itself – when you’re attempting an amaterur installation you are running the risk of accidentally damaging the exterior veneer of the door.
  • Of course, you are also running the risk of garnering subtle distortions in the door that most people won’t notice or see, but you surely will every time you enter or exit the home leaving or going to work. Why risk these annoying mishaps; you want your door to make leaving or entering your home as seamless and peaceful as possible.

 

Some people are equipped to bring do it yourself door installation projects to fruition; but most people are not at all. If you want to maintain a safe, pristine entrance, the best thing to do is to call the experts at a professional, experienced door installation firm like Dori Doors; they will be sure to help mitigate any of the risks or frustrations associated with self-attempted door installations.

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Children and Door Locks

If you have children, you’re sure to want to make sure that both them and your home are as safe as possible. In the world we live in, it’s common for both parents to let their children arrive at home by themselves, with their own set of keys. This has potential problems that could arise for these reasons:

Common Risks with Children and Door Locks

Children can leave their keys in a conspicuous place on their person, or on their desk. Usually they aren’t aware of the specific danger in advertising your keys to strangers. Any key that’s visible could potentially be photographed with a smartphone, and then decoded using an app – allowing copies of the key to be made. This is a risk even when your child is among people that you know – many home robberies are performed by people who have already been in your home, aware of what you have, who have perhaps spotted your child’s keys somewhere easy to swipe. Children also commonly lose keys, misplace them without realizing.

Here’s some tips on re enforcing the security of your home against the common mistakes that children often make regarding their keys.  Try to allow your children entrance access to only a single door, or install an electronic keypad deadbolt. Your child can be given a code to access the door, which is a lot more secure of an option than giving them a physical key. If you wish, you can install an entry camera, which allows you to monitor the door to make sure your children aren’t bringing in any unwanted guests. You can use double keyed deadbolts on all the other doors, allowing you a safety barrier to monitor who’s coming into your home. As a matter of safety, have all your children call or text you when they enter the house, or if they have forgotten the code. This security method is also fantastic for letting anyone in, from maid, to cleaners, to dog or house sitters – the codes can be programmed for individual people and can be changed or deleted at any point in time.

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Top Reasons for Lock Change

Residential locks find the need to be replaced from time to time – for varying reasons. Here’s a list of the most common reasons that door locks are changed.

Worn Out Locks

As time passes, many locks can deteriorate exponentially. Rust and metal degradation can render previously working locks completely ineffective. Make sure to inspect locks to find evidence of wearing or damage that would call for replacement locks – this includes any rusty metal, or if you have any difficulty putting your key inside the lock. Not only do worn out locks pose a security risk to your household, but they can also lock you outside your home.

 

Phantom Spare Keys

It’s important to always remember exactly who has spare keys to your home – whether you gave it to them or not. Keep track of anyone who has them, and whether they still do. If you find that keys you’ve given to friends to hold on to, or to repair people when you’re not home are missing, choose to change your locks – just to be safe. You can’t put a price on the safety of your household.

When you’re moving somewhere new.

Even if your real estate agent, landlord, or the home’s previous owner gives you their personal keys themselves, it’s pretty smart to have the locks changed anyway. Burglars can be craftier than you think – they can sneak into known landlord or realtor homes or offices to steal their property keys for easy entry.

Brand new Housemates

Even if you were in a good place with your roommates/housemates when they moved out, it’s always wise to change your locks when they move out. There’s no way of knowing if they gave their spare key to a friend, or if any unauthorized copies were made. Trust us, we’ve heard of nightmare situations where former roommates used old homes as mid-afternoon shower pads when they’ve had access to it. Nobody wants that.

 

If you or your child misplaced your keys.

This is good for peace of mind. You don’t know where your keys went; it just makes it easier to know you’re safe if you’ve changed your locks. Even if you end up finding whatever keys you lost, there’s no way of knowing whether they were clandestinely copied by somebody without your permission or knowledge.

 

In the event of a Breakup

These situations involve disagreements over ownership of domestic possessions, or access to the home. While it might seem like a drastic move to changeover locks, it can absolutely provide some closure or peace if one cannot peacefully remain in a home with their partner.

 

After Burglaries

This might be surprising but it’s not uncommon for burglars to return to the scene of the crime to steal from the very same property. Think of it this way – they’re already familiar with the home’s layout, and perhaps they laid their eyes on some valuables that they didn’t have the chance to scoop up the first time. Don’t let this possibility come to fruition.

Even if none of these situations are the case, if you don’t remember when you last got your locks switched, it’s wise to update them anyway. This can be incredibly beneficial – especially if you have old locks, as more modern mechanisms are much better suited for the break-in technology that’s proliferated around today.

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Top Three High Security Locks

Best Business Access ControlsEveryone wants their business or home to be as secure as possible. Making sure that your existing locks are functioning properly can keep your property secure. However, in some situations, you might need a higher level of security. If this is the situation, you might want to expand your lock search beyond the traditional knob and deadbolt locks that are commonly on the market. Although these locks work well at keeping the average individual out of your property, professional lock pickers can disable these locks quite quickly. If you are keeping valuables on your property, it’s a practical choice to use a high security lock for protection. Here’s the three most popular high security locks on the market.

 

Schlage Deadbolt

This lock is somewhat more expensive than other comparable locks, however it is constructed with higher quality. This deadbolt resists drill tests, and is made out of an incredibly strong material that prevents the screws from being drilled out. It’s equipped with 4 security pins (spool pins) that make it much harder to compromise than any other comparable lock. It’s dense, heavy construction prevents it from being bumped, raked, or picked  – especially by the typical burglar. If you live in a house, this one-time expense is certainly worth the hefty price tag.

Mul-T Lock

One of the most popular manufacturers of high security locks, Mul-T-Lock’s offerings are very popular among businesses. Their MT-5 lock is particularly popular; it boasts bump, pick, and drill resistance, making it very difficult for even the most experienced burglar to disassemble. The Mul-T-Lock restricted keyway design also makes their locks an attractive choice for businesses, since the keyway copies can only be duplicated at authorized Mul-T-Lock dealer, and only with an included magnetic strip key. This helps business owners keep close watch over the control of their keys, making sure no criminal gets their hands on them. However, this added security comes with some extra charge – it’s more expensive, usually, to copy a Mul-T-Lock key than a standard one.

 

Medeco Options

Medeco is another leading maker of high security deadbolts that can be used for both homes and businesses. Particularly of note is their Maxum deadbolt type, which contains rotating pins inside the cylinder that resist any drills or picks. They additionally offer a vast variety of high security lock options at varying security grades and prices – allowing consumers to find the absolute best lock for their home or business.

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Door Types and Exit Device Regulations

 

Man is opening the emergency door.

There’s official legal codes that dictate what kind of exit devices should be included in buildings – these are called compliance codes. Just as there are many variations in the design, appearance, and function of doors, there’s wide variation in types of exit devices. Depending on what kind of door you have, different models of exit devices, and installation methods are warranted. In this short blog post, I’ll provide some detail about the most common kinds of door / exit devices combinations, and how they function.

Accessible Route Doors

These doors are regulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act, passed by congress. The law stipulates that the locks on these doors must be able to be operated by applying under five pounds of force – this ensures that anyone can open these doors regardless of their physical condition. Additionally, the law requires that any lock devices on these doors can be operated without any sort of wrist rotation, tight grasping, or pinching. There’s a bunch of specific laws – as well as exceptions – for these accessible route doors; in order to make sure that your locks are up to code, it’s wise to consult a professional locksmith.

 

Fire Doors

These doors are installed in buildings to make sure that anybody in the building can quickly, and safely, leave the building – while additionally making sure that the fire doesn’t spread to any other areas of the building before it can be extinguished. Because of this, it’s necessary to get official approval before making any changes to the locking hardware on fire doors. These changes, if they skirt regulations, should be checked with the manufacturer of the door before being enacted. A possibility is to have an inspector sent to the physical location to make sure that any changes will be safely enacted – however, this can be costly.

 

Egress Doors

These doors have regulations that vary based on the amount of occupants inside buildings as well as the use-purpose of the building. These doors can be unlatched with a single “operation” – meaning a single physical interaction with a mechanism, but some exclusions to exist. Sometimes double-sided deadbolts can be used in commercial locations, religious locations, and places of assembly which hold less than 300 people. The regulations insist that if a double cylinder deadbolt is being utilized, there has to be a sign next to the door that states that the door has to stay unlocked when any individuals are in the room. The law also stipulates that there is apparent obvious distinguishment between unlocked and locked states of the door – it’s recommended that if you’re installing Egress doors on your property that you should discuss it with a certified locksmith familiar with the local regulations.

 

Since there’s a massive amount of complex regulations that stipulate how the above doors and their exit devices should be installed and maintained, it’s of primary importance to discuss your plans with a certified and experienced locksmith who can educate you about the legal codes in your area. Improper or illegal installation of these doors is not only a legal liability that can cost you a great deal of money, but it actually compromises the safety of anybody that’s in the building. Make sure to be proactive to ensure the safety of all the building’s occupants.

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Unpickable Locks for Doors

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Lock picking takes a lot of well honed finesse and skill. That being said, there are many expert lock pickers out that have the skills and experience to break many commercially available door locks. The trick to finding a lock that can’t be picked is to find a lock that’s somewhat unique and rare. Usually normal keyways with tumblers and pins are easily picked. Locks with security pins provide somewhat more resistance, but they’re still not ideal. The structure of the keyway or key has to be able to completely throw off the person attempting to pick your lock. Here’s a list of four fantastic locks that easily resist even the most advanced lock pickers.

 

Shi-He Chi-Me U-lock

Featuring an obstructed keyway with sharp turns and curves, this unique lock is impervious to picks because of it’s internal turns and tension. The key itself is a semi circular metal disc with extended protuberances. It’s made and sold in China, but isn’t even that widely used there. This lock is truly unique looking – and any criminal, of any skill level, would have an incredibly difficult time even guessing how it works, no less breaking the code.

HYT Chain Key

This unique lock and key blend is called a chain key because the key is a loose chain that’s placed into the lock. This allows for a unique curved keyway that resists the insertion of any tools. Without the key itself, and not being able to see the inside of the keyway, it’s impossible to guess the unique pattern hidden after the keyways curve. The chained key is somewhat delicate, however it’s truly unpickable.

 

August Smart Lock

This lock is exclusively opened via smartphone. It works on battery power, and won’t open automatically even if the power cuts out. It’s pick-proof, and can only be opened via a direct code inside your phone.

 

EVVA MCS

This magnetic lock, similar to the magnetic MIWA lock, albeit more complex, involves a key with circular cuts as well as an integrated unique magnetic pattern. Without access to the one-of-a-kind personal key, any aspiring lock-breaker will find that it’s impossible to pick the lock.

 

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Top Three High Security Door Locks

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Everyone wants their business or home to be as secure as possible. Making sure that your existing locks are functioning properly can keep your property secure. However, in some situations, you might need a higher level of security. If this is the situation, you might want to expand your lock search beyond the traditional knob and deadbolt locks that are commonly on the market. Although these locks work well at keeping the average individual out of your property, professional lock pickers can disable these locks quite quickly. If you are keeping valuables on your property, it’s a practical choice to use a high security lock for protection. Here’s the three most popular high security locks on the market.

 

Mul-T Lock

One of the most popular manufacturers of high security  door locks, Mul-T-Lock’s offerings are very popular among businesses. Their MT-5 lock is particularly popular; it boasts bump, pick, and drill resistance, making it very difficult for even the most experienced burglar to disassemble. The Mul-T-Lock restricted keyway design also makes their locks an attractive choice for businesses, since the keyway copies can only be duplicated at authorized Mul-T-Lock dealer, and only with an included magnetic strip key. This helps business owners keep close watch over the control of their keys, making sure no criminal gets their hands on them. However, this added security comes with some extra charge – it’s more expensive, usually, to copy a Mul-T-Lock key than a standard one.

 

Medeco Options

Medeco is another leading maker of high security deadbolts that can be used for both homes and businesses. Particularly of note is their Maxum deadbolt type, which contains rotating pins inside the cylender that resist any drills or picks. They additionally offer a vast variety of high security lock options at varying security grades and prices – allowing consumers to find the absolute best lock for their home or business.

NightWatch by Master Lock

A fantastic choice for high security locks, the NightWatch deadbolt provides the highest level of consumer grade high security. This lock is most often implemented in residential settings – the master lock fits over your existing deadbolt, and can be armed as though it’s a normal deadbolt, however it also has a high security NightWatch feature. This unique function maneuvers the piece that turns the lock cylinder, rendering it temporarily unfunctional. This makes it impossible to open the lock from outside, even if the key is cut specifically for it. This is a fantastic security feature for attempted break ins – however it can only be activated from inside, which makes it a better choice for residences than businesses looking for a lockup solution when nobody will be inside the store.

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Choosing the Best Door for your Business

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It’s practical and smart to make sure that your business has the best possible doors installed to serve the needs of the location. Many businesses put far too little time into choosing doors that can provide total solutions to their service needs. They simply work with the door already in place or choose the cheapest possible option. However, by choosing the best possible service door, you’re being provided with much more than a simple entrance way – you’re upgrading the convenience, aesthetic appeal, and efficiency of your business. Here are a number of considerations to think about when deciding the door for your business.

Technical Operation

You may choose to preserve the same door system currently in place at your business if it’s operating fine; Still, it helps to understand the many options that you may choose from. The most popular choice is a classic push/pull style door – this option works great with many industries. However, by upgrading to a mechanical or automatic sliding system, you may speed up the work efficiency of your office, as well as reducing the risk of injury when employees are transporting heavy objects or boxes in and out of the office. It’s important to study all the functionality and efficiency needs of your office, and search for the door that perfectly works for those needs. Are you constantly transporting large objects that need to be disassembled before passing through? Consider upgrading to a series of double doors that open wide, so you can push objects out on a roller rather than having to struggle with disassembly.

Long-Lasting Durability

Investing in a strong and durable door helps boost the security of your business exponentially. Many systems that offer heavy duty security can make a huge difference in the integrity of businesses located in rough or high crime neighborhoods. Thick doors or doors with installed insulation can help minimize energy costs in situations where you are using air conditioning or heating.

Security

Security isn’t simply an issue of preventing forced entry, but a matter of ensuring the overall safety of your business. You need to be considering all manners of risks, including the unfortunate possibility of fire or water damage. It’s important to assess the structural integrity of your existing doors, noting how strong it would operate in case of one of these security issues; if you feel like the existing door doesn’t measure up to your standard of safety, it might be best to upgrade it.

Aesthetics

It’s important to consider the visual aspect of your commercial door – it is, of course, the first thing most customers will see in your business. You want to choose a door that really stands for your business – that represents its visual toning, color, mood, aesthetic. A common choice in doors is wood – it has a huge variety of finishes that can be matched with a building’s interior and exterior to pass on a mood of rusticness, homeyness, or high-end luxury. Aluminum doors are great for businesses looking for a modern look – and are available in a huge variety of styles, not to mention being incredibly durable, sleek, and inexpensive. Steel doors provide the highest security – but is still available in custom designs at an inexpensive price.

 

Businesses looking to repair or replace their front doors should assess exactly what door would be perfect for their location, and contact a door installation professional. Professionals can provide extensive knowledge of custom door designs, can complete installations quickly and efficiently, and lastly (if you find the perfect service) can provide materials at a steep discount you’d be unable to find working on your own.

 

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Benefits of energy efficient doors

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Now that the weather is cooling down, it’s important to make sure that your doors are at peak energy efficiency. This has a wide variety of benefits – it can ensure that the temperature of your home is more comfortable, as well as making sure your energy bills are low. Here are some of the top reasons it worth upgrading to energy efficient doors for your home or office.

Enhanced Comfort

Non airtight doors allow cold drafts and wind inside your home. allowing air to leak in from outside, and warm heated air to leak outside. This can cause houses to be hotter during summer months and much colder during winter months. The pressure changes stress air conditioning and heating systems, causing them to work harder, wearing out faster, and generating a much larger energy bill. Energy efficient doors make sure that the heat or cold air stays in, to maximize the comfort of your home or office and vastly reduce your power bills.

Mold Reduction

Houses without energy efficient doors usually have much more mold in the areas near the doors – these spores come from leaking air from outside, and commonly grow on the inside of door frames. You avoid unhealthy mold by installing airtight energy efficient doors, protecting the vitality of the people in your space.

Tax Credits

Due to federal programs that reward energy efficiency, energy efficient doors are often Energy Star rated, meaning that by purchasing them you become eligible for tax credits for up to 30 percent of the door’s cost. The combination of a reduced energy bill and a returned tax credit makes the installation of energy efficient doors a financially rewarding step to take for your home or business.

Aesthetic Appearance

Most energy efficient doors are made in eye-pleasing contemporary or classic styles that suit whatever mood palette you want for your home or business. Updating old and potentially moldy-framed doors can add a burst of vitality to your home or business’s appearance, enhancing the beauty, safety, and financial viability of your home on the inside as well as the outside.

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