Garage Sale Tips

garage sale tips

You know what they say: “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” Whether you are looking to make some decent pocket change or rid yourself, and your home, of some excess clutter be sure and read the following nine tips to ensure a successful, money-making sale.

Preparing Your Garage Sale

#1. Set a date, or dates, for your sale

#2. Purge: Go through your home, one room and garage at a time, and decide what to sell. If you read last month’s blog: “Spring into Garage Organization,” then you should one step of the game already. The items that make it into your garage sale pile should be in good to excellent condition. They should be something you’d willingly spend your own money on.

#3. Advertise: A lack of advertising can have negative effects on your sale. The best ways to advertise your sale are through social media, websites, and garage sale finder apps. You should also advertise your sale with brightly colored signs that are legible to read. Make sure to post your hours and address, along with directional arrows, so bargain hunters know when and where to go.

Setting Up Your Sale

#4. Organize: The way you display your items speaks volumes. Organize your sale like you would see in a store. Hand clothing on racks, separated by size and gender. Set out tables and place items in categories, such as: kitchen gadgets/utensils, sports and camping equipment, toys, tools, seasonal décor, appliances, and electronics. Supply a power source so that customers can test any working items.

#5. Price Everything: As an experienced bargain hunter, a sale without clearly marked prices is one of my biggest pet peeves, and is often the reason behind me walking from a sale. Price all for sale items as you set them out – no exceptions. “Name Your Own Price” sales generally don’t fare as well as traditional garage sales.

Maximize Your Sale

#6. Multi-household Sale: To get the most out of your sale, consider having a neighborhood sale, or inviting a friend or family member to come over and sell his/her wares right alongside you. There is nothing bargain hunters like more than a multi-household sale.

#7. Be Approachable: Always greet your customers with a friendly smile and a “Good Morning.” Offer your assistance when able to, but don’t follow your customers around or be pushy, as this can make people uncomfortable. Some good conversation starters include asking them:

  • “Are there a lot of garage sales out there today?”
  • “Can you believe how lucky we are with the weather today?”
  • “Are you looking for anything special?”

#8. Involve the Kids: Give your children a taste of private enterprise by entrusting them with their own lemonade or water stand – within your eyesight. They’re sure to get a kick out of it! Are they selling cookie or popcorn for girl/boy scouts? Set them up for success by allowing them to sell those products at your sale.

#9. Guard Your Money and Valuables: Don’t ever leave your money or valuable items unattended – not even for a second. Carry your money on you in either a fanny pack or carpenter’s belt at all times. As for valuables, keep those in a locked box or case when not showing to an interested party.

Spring into Garage Organization

garage organization

How cluttered is your garage?

Fact: 57% of homeowners with two-car garages don’t have room to park their cars inside them – let alone cram anything else in. Most of us simply use the garage as a glorified shed. Where everything from knickknacks and seasonal decorations to sports gear and lawn equipment are stored. Our endless piles of belongings often render the space impossible to utilize for its intended purpose – protecting the vehicle we drive.

When all of your belongings are properly organized, and off the floor, the garage becomes delightfully practical. Whether you dread the process of organizing, or you find it strangely soothing (sheepishly raises hand), it’s a task that has got to be done, particularly since the garage isn’t going to organize itself. Now, wouldn’t that be the dream life? Here are some tips to help get you started.

Step 1: Pencil It In

With spring in full swing, now is the perfect time to organize your garage, before the weather gets too hot and another year goes by. Over the course of a weekend, you can transform your garage from a disorganized mess, into a space that is both functional and visually pleasing. If you think you’ll need the extra hands, don’t be afraid to enlist the help of your friends and family.

Step 2: Take Everything Out

Begin the process of organizing by taking all of your belongings, right down to the last loose screw, out of the garage. An empty garage is the only way you’ll be able to rediscover all of your long lost treasures. This makes cleaning, purging, sorting, and organizing more efficient; thus saving you time. Just make sure that if you’re going to make this a weekend project, that the valuables go back in each night.

Step 3: Clean the Garage

Typically, the only room of the house exempt from routine, let alone deep cleaning is that of the garage. Because of this, the garage is often full of dust, and cobwebs. Gross! Now that you’ve removed all of the contents of your garage, it’s time to break out the dry vacuum, and pressure washer. After you’ve thoroughly vacuumed up all the dust bunnies and cobwebs, turn the pressure washer on full blast, and really let loose.

Step 4: Analyze Your Garage

Continue the process of organizing by analyzing both the space your garage provides and your possessions. Ask yourself: “Have I used this item in the past six months?” “Year?” If the answer is no to both questions, then chances are that the item has already served its purpose, and is no longer needed. For items, such as seasonal decorations, it may be better to think in terms of two-years or more.

Step 5: Sorting

It’s helpful to start out by making three piles that you’ll find useful during this step: store, get rid of, and trash. For the items you wish to get rid of, consider having a yard sale, or donating to charity. The latter is tax-deductible. Once you’ve sorted out all of your items, we find it particularly beneficial, to sort “like with like.” We suggest sorting the items you wish to keep in the following categories:

  • Tools
  • Seasonal
  • Keepsake
  • Frequently-used
  • Sports gear and camping
  • Lawn equipment and gardening

Step 6: Install Storage Units

For this step, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve accurately measured your garage’s width, height, and length to ensure any shelving units you purchase will fit, and not hinder your ability to park in the garage. Use these measurements to purchase and install appropriately sized storage shelfs, drawer units, bike racks, peg boards, and cabinets. Don’t forget to purchase lots of clear storage bins and labels.

Step 7: Bring Everything Back In

The aforementioned storage items will restore order to your garage by providing you with a specific place – where everything must return – for your belongings. Ideally, the only things taking up floor space, should be your car and items such as your lawnmower. At this point, you should have a map of where you’re belongings are going, and where they’re hopefully going to stay. Just remember to place frequently used items within easy reach and less frequently used items further away from your reach.

Step 8: Don’t Scrimp on Safety

With room to park your car in your newly organized garage, it’s important to not scrimp on safety, particularly since you’ll be using your garage door an average of four times per day. Optimally functioning garage door components (e.g. springs, pulleys, cables, rollers, etc.) are vital for ensuring your safety. If your door is need of any repair, contact Precision Overhead Garage Door Service at (702) 637-2700.

Garage Door Opener Repair

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There are few things, like pulling up to the garage door at your home and it refusing to open, that really aggravates me. Other than not opening, a malfunctioning garage door opener can cause all sorts of problems, including:

  • A door that goes down all the way, then straight back up.
  • A door that opens and closes at random.
  • A door that closes very quickly, often with a bang.
  • An opener that runs but doesn’t open the door.

Types of Garage Door Openers

Garage door openers are available in 3 types:

Chain Drive – Chain driven openers feature a bike-style chain that is slightly slacked when the door in the open position – by at least an 1/2″ above the T-rail. To date, these openers are the oldest, and most popular of the three.

Belt Drive – Belt driven openers feature a Kevlar polymer body, molded into nubby teeth on one side, which rotate through a gear to pull the trolley. The quietness of these openers make them an extremely worthwhile investment.

Screw Drive – Screw driven openers are much quieter than chain driven but nosier than belt driven openers. These openers require much less maintenance than the other options and priced lower than belt driven openers.

Troubleshooting the Opener

Fortunately, troubleshooting your opener is pretty straightforward, despite the differences in openers. First, and foremost, you’ll want to check the batteries in your garage door opener remote. Nine out of ten times, this is the reason for an opener not working, and opening the door for you.

Beyond testing and replacing the remote’s batteries, there is little that you as a homeowner can or should do. Garage door opener repair is NOT a do-it-yourself type of project – no matter how skilled you may be. Always call a professional garage door repair company to handle your opener’s repair.

The Importance of Safety Checks

Routine safety checks, along with comprehensive maintenance measures, can go a long way in ensuring your garage door opener functions optimally. The International Door Association, recommends setting aside a few minutes each and every month, to give you door and opener a visual inspection.

Add Space With A Garage Car Lift

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Cars, tools, lawn equipment, bikes, camping gear, and holiday decorations are all examples of common items that can easily be stored in your garage. Storing all these items in the garage, however, takes up valuable real estate. To take advantage of all the space your garage has to offer, it is necessary to impose some structure, such as a car lift. By installing a car lift, you’ll be able to park two cars in a one car garage, while having plenty of space leftover to stow everything else.

What is a Car Lift?

Originally designed for mechanics – as a means to repair a vehicle’s undercarriage safely – car lifts can free you from having to assume awkward positions when working on your baby, as well as free up prime real estate in your garage. They’re particularly beneficial in one-car garages. Built from high-quality materials, a car lift is a product that uses hydraulics to raise the car on either two or four posts, which extend beneath the car to lift the vehicle.

The Advantages of a Car Lift

Car lifts come in a wide variety of configurations including: above ground, in-ground, y-lift, two-post, four-post, low/mid rise, and smartlift – among others. From a storage standpoint, a four-post car lift allows you to store one car over another, thus affording you the opportunity to store your classics in the garage rather than offsite. Once you’ve changed your car’s oil without the pain of having to jack up the car, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without one.

The Skinny on Space

With the advantages of a lift hard to argue, you may have decided to start the hunt for one – but is there room in your garage for one? Generally speaking, a 10-foot height and 22-foot length garage, is probably the minimum amount of space needed to stack two cars. It’s important not to forget about overhead hazards such as the garage door, or more specifically, the garage door opener and tracks. Measure your clearance with the door opened and closed.

Not all lifts are created equal

Quality, quality, quality! Did I mention quality? A 4,000 pound car lifted in the air, can lead to catastrophe, which is why you should NEVER be stingy with your lift budget. Before you buy, check out the website Automotive Lift Institute, for a directory of certified car lift manufacturers. ALI’s mission is to “promote the safe design, construction, installation, inspection, and use of automotive lifts”.

Holiday Events In and Around Las Vegas

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Oh yes, it is the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, the holidays are most certainly a part of it, but for Nevada residents there is nothing quite like community events which reminds us of what we cherish the most…togetherness. Not only can we visit with friends and family, we can also rejoice in the magic of the season, while getting our fill of the gorgeous Nevada weather. We’re pointing you and your loved ones, especially those that have never visited Las Vegas, Nevada, to Precision Garage Door approved holiday events all throughout the Silver State.

Glittering Lights

When: November 13, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

7000 Las Vegas Boulevard North

Las Vegas, NV 89115

What: Dazzling residents for the past twelve years, Glittering Lights with three million lights along a 2.5 mile course, is Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show. This affordable, family-oriented event makes for a great holiday experience for family and friends. There are special events almost every night.

Cost: $20 per car or $55 per season pass

Magical Forest

When: November 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Where: Opportunity Village

6300 West Oakey Boulevard

Las Vegas, NV 89146

What: Experience the magic of the holidays at the annual Magical Forest. The Magical Forest, located at Opportunity Village, features a forest filled with hundreds of dazzling trees, the Forest Express passenger train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, Boris the Elf’s 3D Experience, Avalanche Slide, Rudolph’s Raceway, and so much more.

Cost: Admission only for adults is $11.99 and for children $9.99. Admission with unlimited rides and attractions for adults is $21.99 and for children $18.99. There is also an additional $1.50 service fee added to each ticket when ordered online.

The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan

When: November 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Where: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South

Las Vegas, NV 89109

What: For the fourth consecutive year, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas welcomes the return of The Ice Rink, as Boulevard Pool is transformed into a winter wonderland high about Las Vegas Boulevard. The Ice Rink features more than 4,200-square-feet of real ice, S’mores by the fire, light snow showers, seasonal culinary offerings, and breathtaking views.

Cost: All day skating access is just $15, and from Monday to Friday, all day skating access for residents of Nevada just $10. Visitors are invited to bring their own skates or can rent a pair for $5. Skate aid rentals, for the little ones, are also available for $10. Admission to the unique winter atmosphere is free.

Santa in the Shipwreck

When: December 5-6, 12-13, 19-24, 2015

Where: Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South

Las Vegas, NV 89119

What: Have you been naughty or nice? Santa Claus is going to great depths this holiday season to visit kids during the annual Santa in the Shipwreck. With each paid admission, guests 12 and under receive a treat and complimentary photo with the big man himself, and his faithful sidekick Santa Jaws.

Cost: Admission for adults is $20; $14 for children (4-12); and free for those 3 or younger


When: December 10-12, 2015

Where: Henderson Convention Center & Events Plaza

200 South Water Street

Henderson, NV 89015

What: Mixing the merriment and magic of the holidays, WinterFest makes for some jolly good fun. Experience the excitement of a winter wonderland with activities for the entire family, including a Christmas tree lighting, Santa Claus visits, children’s activities and entertainment. Don’t miss the WinterFest Evening Light Parade at 5 p.m. on December 12.

Cost: Free

The Rocky Horror Christmas Show

When: December 5, 2015 @ 10:00pm

Where: Tropicana Regency Cinemas

3330 East Tropicana Avenue Suite Y

Las Vegas, NV 89121

What: Come spend the holidays at Dr. Frank N. Furter’s castle, and go see the Rocky Horror Picture Show, hosted by the Las Vegas cast of Frankie’s Favorite Obsession. This yearly tradition has many goodies in store for all those attending including an Ugly Christmas Sweater content. But hurry, tickets sell out fast!

Cost: Admission is $10. You can also purchase prop kits for an additional $2

Downtown Summerlin Holiday Parade

When: November 24 – December 24, 2015

Where: Downtown Summerlin

Sahara Avenue and 215 Beltway

Las Vegas, NV 89135

What: The whole Downtown is on parade for the holiday! Join Downtown Summerlin for 20 nights from 7:00-7:30pm each night beginning November 20th and ending December 24th for festively decorated floats. In addition to a parade of floats, there are toy soldiers, snowflake princesses and princes, nutcrackers, dancers, drummers, and holiday music to help bring out the holiday spirit in all who attend.

Cost: Free

Great Santa Run

When: December 5, 2015

Where: Downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV 89101

What: There’s nothing quite like watching 10,000+ Santas race across town! The Las Vegas Great Santa Run is one of Opportunity Village’s most important fundraisers that attracts families, businesses, individuals, and global tourists to downtown Las Vegas.

Cost: Spectators can watch for free. To enter the race, however, there is a $10 charge for pets, $40 for children (12 and younger), and $65 for adults. All race registrations include a 5-piece Santa suit, participant medal, and runner goodie bag!

Happy Holidays!

The Benefits of Garage Door Replacement

Garage Door Replacement

If your garage door opens and closes when you want it to, you may not give much thought to its replacement. Replacing an old door can have a lot of benefits you may not be aware of, however, all of which can make a compelling reason to trade in your old garage door with a high-quality new garage door replacement. Take a good look at your garage door. You may want to consider replacement if any of the following apply:

  • You’re unhappy with the door’s overall appearance.
  • You’re moving in near future and want to increase your home’s appeal.
  • Your current door lacks modern feature, it’s poorly insulated, or (most importantly) it doesn’t automatically reverse on contact with an object.

Benefit 1: Boost Curb Appeal

It’s only natural for a garage door to pick up a few dings and dents over the years. It may not look so good if your children, and the neighbors, bounce balls off it every day or we’ve gotten careless when parking the car one too many times. Whether your door is in disrepair or it’s just past its prime, it could be detracting from your home’s appeal, which sets the tone for your entire home. A garage door replacement can change all that!

Benefit 2: Increase the Value of Your Home

Garage door replacement continues to rank highly in terms of recouping costs on investment as evidenced in this year’s annual Remodeling Cost vs. Value report. The report, which considers the importance of first impressions, found that garage door replacements offer one of the greatest paybacks, as homeowners can recoup an average of 88.4% of their door’s cost come resale.

Benefit 3: Reduce Cooling & Heating Costs

Because older garage doors typically aren’t insulated, they owners tend to see higher cooling and heating costs, especially if there’s living quarters directly above or adjacent to the garage. Replacing an non-insulated garage door with an insulated one can help reduce your monthly utility bills. An insulated door, one with a high R-value, will aid in keeping the cold air in during the summer and out during the winter.

Benefit 4: Provide Secure Access to Your Home

The garage door is, perhaps, the easiest access point to your home. It’s quite possible that most homeowners use their garage door as their front door. And, why not? It’s much easier to get in their car and leave rather than go out the front door, open the garage, and then leave. This huge contributing factor is why the average garage door opens and closes 1,500 per year/4 times per day. A new, modern-day door adds an extra layer of home security.

Benefit 5: Increased Safety

Newer garage doors can sense when something or worse…someone, may be in the way of the door closing, and will immediately halt its descent ensuring your loved ones’ safety. They may also offer sophisticated security options, such as keypads that allow you to enter your home through the garage, even without your car. These features, and more, can help ensure you and your loved ones’ safety doesn’t become compromised.

Benefit 6: Reduce Garage Door Maintenance Time

The older a garage door gets, the more difficult its maintenance becomes. From sanding to painting, and so on, they can really take up a lot of your precious time. A new, fiberglass or steel garage door, professionally installed requires a lot less maintenance while looking great at the same time. In addition, the time saved, will allow you to enjoy life the way life was meant to be enjoyed.

Precision Garage Door Service solves a lot of problems with garage doors, and often encounters customers in need of quality garage door replacements, due to their present doors suffering from too much wear and tear after years of use. There have been those with some safety issues as well. We are currently running a $599* special on all new garage doors. Coupon cannot be combined with any other offer. Call 866.265.4824 for more info.

Identifying Broken Garage Door Springs

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Any one of the 243,865 Las Vegas households know that living with a garage door means a lifetime of benefits. It generally makes life a whole lot more convenient. Its all-demanding presence, however, requires much more than we are willing, or able, to provide. Frankly, the garage door is a beast, and a dangerous one at that given the fact that it weighs 300 pounds – if not more.

To the average homeowner, who opens and closes their door four times a day, everything may look fine. Unfortunately, that is simply not the case for the vast majority of homeowners, as their garage door requires special attention quite frequently. Attention that is often not given, until something goes wrong, in a BIG way. There are no shortage of components that can malfunction.

One of the more common components to fail is that of the garage door springs, which act to counterbalance the door, and hold it in place. These springs die some time during their 10,000th operation. 10,000 cycles is the industry standard. Extended life, or high-cycle, springs may last four times as long. Replacement frequency of your garage door springs is determined by your daily usage. So if…

  • You use your door 2 times, expect them to wear out every 14 years.
  • You use your door 4 times, expect them to wear out every 7 years.
  • You use your door 6 times, expect them to wear out every 5 years.
  • You use your door 8 times, expect them to wear out every 3 years.

There are two types of garage door springs: The torsion springs, which are located above the door, can be installed either singly or in pairs depending on the door’s weight. Extension springs, installed in pairs, are located on each side of the door’s tracks. When you need to replace your broken garage door springs, make sure that you contact a garage door repair professional with years of experience, to ensure proper installation.

The replacement of broken garage door springs is a complex task. One that requires a great deal of expertise. Garage door springs should never be replaced by individuals who are not properly trained to perform this task. Without the proper expertise, property can be damaged or scarier still, you or your loved ones can suffer a personal injury. Replacing it yourself is simply not worth that risk! Always contact a professional.

Additionally speaking, continuing to operate your door with broken garage door springs is very dangerous, as nothing is supporting the door’s weight. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you err on the side of caution, and unplug the opener from its power source. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Here are some common signs that one or both of your springs are broken:

  • The garage door does not open or close in response to the opener.
  • The door unexpectedly stops during operation.
  • The door appears crooked.
  • There is a visible separation in the spring.

One final note: Even if only one spring, regardless of type, is broken both should be replaced at the same time. This will ensure balanced tension. It will also save you money in the long run, especially when you consider the fact that the two springs were likely installed at the same time. If this is the case, than this means that they have approximately the same lifespan, and the other could break at any moment.

Hidden Gems Off the Vegas Strip

hidden gems off the Vegas strip

New foods to try and sites to see. People to meet and places to explore. Whether you’re just passing through, or you call it home, there is a lot to do and see in Las Vegas. Not into the typical Las Vegas scene? There’s so much more to Vegas than what you’ll find on the strip. Here’s a list of hidden gems that prove there’s more to Vegas than just buffets, gambling, and free drinks.

Golden Steer Steakhouse

Still featuring some of the best prime aged beef in Vegas, you’ll feel like you stepped back in time when you enter the Golden Steer Steakhouse, which is located in downtown Vegas. Since it’s opening in 1958, it’s been frequented by Hollywood stars, and famous rock stars. A few of the steakhouse’s most notable diners include Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Frank Sinatra.

Movies in the Square

Every Thursday, from June 4 through August 20, families can enjoy free entertainment starting when the sun goes down. Featuring an 25′ x 35′ screen, The Green at Town Square, showcases an amazing array of newly released movies for patrons of all ages to enjoy. So, if you happen to be in Vegas in the summer months, grab a blanket and head on over.

Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area

Do you like spending time in the great outdoors? Then head out to the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area, located just 17 miles west of Las Vegas, via Charleston Boulevard. Offering breathtaking views along with more than 30 miles of hiking/walking trails, horseback riding, and picnic areas enveloped within a 195,000 acre park. Other features include historical and geological exhibits.

The Mob Museum

Las Vegas’ ties to the mob are an open book but the most notorious gangsters can be found right downtown at the Mob Museum. Featuring interactive exhibits and artifacts that separates fact from fiction in addition to baring some of Vegas’ best kept secrets. The Mob Museum is open from daily from 10 to 7 Sunday through Thursday and 10 to 9 Friday and Saturday.

Monster Mini Golf Featuring Kiss

Kiss by Monster Mini Golf features 18 custom-designed holes of indoor, glow-in-the-dark, KISS themed mini golf! Open seven days a week from 10:00am to Midnight, there’s fun to be had for the whole family, including arcade games, a KISS gift shop and KISS gallery. KISS themed private rooms can be reserved for that special someone’s birthday.

Brought to you by Precision Garage Door Las Vegas.

Time for a Garage Door Opener Safety Check?

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Featuring convenience a homeowners’ garage, haven for automobiles and expensive toys, is more important to us than we would have otherwise thought possible. But the one thing keeping our belongings safely stored inside, is also the one thing that often goes unnoticed, at least until something goes awry: the garage door opener.

Garage door openers are designed to control the opening and closing of the garage door, either through a wall-mounted switch or radio transmitted remote, approximately 1,500 times over the course of a year depending on the homeowners’ schedule.

Due to the strain of controlling a door weighing 150 pounds and up, they or one of their countless components may become defective, which can unfortunately create significant safety hazards. Hazards that when left unchecked can quickly lead to the occurrence of an accident. The following facts demonstrate these risks:

  • Typically the largest, not to mention heaviest, moving objects within your home many of the garage door’s components are held under an immense amount of tension.
  • According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, injuries caused by the improper use (or a malfunctioning) garage door account for approximately 20,000 emergency room visits per year.
  • Although severe injuries or worse can occur due to entrapment (caused when the door fails to automatically reverse); the majority of these ER visits are the result of pinched fingers.

While safety hazards are very much real, routine garage door opener safety checks, along with preventative maintenance are two great ways to ensure the safety of everyone in the home as well as those outside the home. They can also help you avoid getting stuck with costly repair bills when things go awry.

When performing the following inspections, inspectors should never attempt to fix any defects they may encounter, as the door and all its components including the garage door opener can pose significant hazards. Garage door and garage door opener repair is NOT DIY friendly!

Garage Door Opener Safety Check | Tests

Test the Door’s Balance and Alignment

Once a month, you should test the door’s alignment, and balance of your garage door. To do this, you will need to first disengage the garage door opener from the door itself, which is actually quite simple. Simply pull the red manual release rope straight down and then back.

Once you have done this, attempt to open the door, all the while taking note of how the door feels as it’s opening (i.e. does it feel light, easily moves without sticking, sticks during movement). If it sticks during the test, the door is not properly aligned, which puts undo strain on the garage door opener.

If the door is out of balance immediate repair is required!

Test the Safety Reversal System

In addition to testing the door’s overall balance and alignment, you should test the safety reverse of the garage door opener, as this prevents the door from continuing to close should someone or something get in its path.

With the door fully open, place a 2×4 flat (or similar size object) on the floor, centered directly under the floor. Operate the door in the down direction. When the door hits the object, it should automatically stop, and immediately reverse direction. Never attempt to stop the door using your hands or an object.

If the door fails this step immediately seek professional help!

Test the Photoelectric Sensors

Photoelectric sensors, aka safety eyes, located at the base of each side of the garage door emit an invisible beam. If the beam is broken, the sensors will instruct the opener to immediately reverse the door’s direction, rather than continuing to close. Proper alignment and functioning is imperative.

To test these sensors, operate the door and as the door is closing, roll a ball across the path of the sensors. The door should immediately stop and reverse direction. Malfunctioning or misaligned photoelectric safety sensors have the potential to cause severe injuries to occur.

If your sensors failed this test immediately contact a technician!

Safety Advice for Homeowners

  • Never attempt to adjust or repair springs on your own. These components are held under extreme tension, and can snap forcefully, causing serious injury to occur.
  • Never allow children to play with the garage door openers’ wall-mounted switch or radio-transmitted remote. They are NOT toys. You should also teach them about garage door safety.
  • Never try to enter or exit your garage while the door is in motion. Should the safety revere not be working properly, this could cause you to become entrapped under the door.


5 Garage Door Advantages I Bet You Didn’t Know

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It goes up…it goes down – multiple times a day. But, I bet you didn’t know, that your garage door can provide many more advantages than just operating at the press of a button. Until now…

Advantage: Provides Guaranteed Value

A new, stylish garage door, has the potential to net you a 88.4 percent return on investment when it comes time to sell your home; making it a great way to add guaranteed value. Replacing your door ranks as one of the most popular home improvement projects.

Advantage: Protects Against the Elements

From torrential winds and rains during monsoon season, to the random windstorm, your garage door plays a vital role in the protection of your home’s integrity. Reinforced steel garage doors are also available. These doors help to protect against relentless winds that threaten to damage.

Advantage: It Looks After You

Photoelectric eye sensors – mounted about 5 to 6 inches above the floor – cast an invisible beam across the garage door opening. These sensors provide an extra layer of protection against accidental entrapment. If their beam is broken, for any reason, the door would automatically reverse.

Advantage: Provides Convenient Access

Garage doors and garage door openers when combined provide a level of convenience that is unrivaled by many of today’s smart-home gadgets. Many homeowners enjoy the freedom of using these systems to get into their homes every day; which is why it’s so important to maintain them.

Advantage: Works with Your Smartphone

Can you imagine opening and closing your garage door right from your phone? With smart-home technology built-in, many garage doors today allow you to monitor your door’s operation, using your smart phone or tablet. This security features provides much peace-of-mind.