My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
Most people don't think about the safety mechanisms they should have for their garage door until something happens and it's too late. Even if they do think to check the safety mechanisms, short of eyeballing the springs to make sure that nothing looks rusty or loose, most people don't know exactly what they should look for or test in order to make sure that their garage doors and door openers are safe. This is what you need to do.
1.) Test the release.
The release is a safety feature designed to disconnect your garage door from the opener, which allows you to open and close it manually. It's there in case your opener stops functioning suddenly so that you don't get trapped in the garage. To test the release, pull the red cord or bar labelled "release" until you hear it click into position. Then check your garage door to make sure that you can open and close it manually without any difficulty. If there is a problem, you need to have a repair technician look at your opener and door to determine why the release isn't working.
2.) Check the balance.
Before you reset the release, check the balance on your garage door by lifting it gently, about waist-high, and let go. It should remain about where you let go of it, without a lot of movement either direction. If it slides up or drops almost all the way back down, your door needs to be examined. The most common cause of an unbalanced garage door is a problem with the springs and cables. They could simply be getting old, weakening over time with regular use.
3.) Perform a contact-reverse test.
After you reset the release on your door opener, you should perform a contact-reverse test. Lay a shovel or a 2x4 board flat on the ground, in the center of the garage door. Shut the door with the remote and watch. The door should reverse itself as soon as it hits the shovel or board. If it doesn't, the force settings on your opener should be lowered. You'll have to consult the owner's manual for instructions or get assistance from a professional like those at All Pro Quality Garage Doors, Inc. if you're unsure how to do it.
4.) Try the sensors.
Sensors can get out of line or stop functioning without anybody realizing it, so no safety check is complete until they've been tried. Put something like a paint can or another object that's tall enough to interfere with the laser signal from the sensors on either side of your garage door on the ground under the door. Hit the remote and try to close the door. If your sensors are working properly, the door shouldn't move down more than a few inches before it goes into reverse.