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Setting Voltages on Single Phase LiftMaster Operators

Friday, September 18th, 2020 at 6:21 pm by Dan Musick

Installers and salesmen order sectional door operators to match the operator voltages to the voltages in the buildings. Sometimes salesmen order operators with the wrong voltage, and the operator voltage needs to be changed. This is done by changing the wires at the motor as long as the building voltage was 110 or 220 volts.…

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Functions of a LiftMaster Logic 5 Control Board

Friday, September 11th, 2020 at 2:09 pm by Dan Musick

When I first got into the door business, the most common wiring for a 110-volt circuit consisted of a four-wire motor and two power leads. The two power leads ran straight to the motor. The other wires from the motor could go to either power lead.…

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Counter & Timer Modification for LiftMaster Operators

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 at 4:10 pm by Dan Musick

In order to test the cycle life of different spring systems, we designed a Counter & Timer Modification for LiftMaster Operators. This modification allows the operator to close immediately after opening and to open immediately after closing. This, in turn, allows the operator to run nonstop for days at a time so that a 10,000 cycle test can be completed in just a few days.…

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Limit Switches

Friday, August 28th, 2020 at 5:02 pm by Dan Musick

Garage door opener limit switches electrically limit the door travel as it opens and closes. These switches “tell” the opener or operator when to stop.

The most common limit switch comes in most of the Sears, Chamberlain and Liftmaster openers made since the early nineties.…

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Commercial Door Operator Safety Systems

Friday, August 21st, 2020 at 5:53 pm by Dan Musick

Commercial door operator manufacturers have designed three standard safety systems.

First is the mechanical clutch that slips when the door is obstructed.

An image of the interior of a LiftMaster commercial door operator.
A spring-loaded pulley, pressure plate, and disc stop the travel of the operator if the door is obstructed.

The second design is the eye sensor system.…

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The History & Quality of LiftMaster Operators

Friday, August 14th, 2020 at 5:33 pm by Dan Musick

In the garage door industry, we distinguish between “openers” for residential applications and “operators” for commercial and industrial applications.

Back in the early eighties, I worked for Northwest Door in Elgin, Illinois. While there, I got to know a gentleman who had formerly worked for John Greene Corporation in Downers Grove, Illinois.…

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Training Garage Door Businesses and Companies in Related Fields

Friday, April 17th, 2020 at 6:23 pm by Dan Musick

Since 1980 I have been training professionals to repair the various types of equipment in the garage door industry. I had started my career with Overhead Door of Elk Grove in January of 1979. The following year, I began training the servicemen there in what was, during that time, the largest garage door sales, installation, and service companies in the industry.…

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DDM Adjusts to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Friday, March 20th, 2020 at 6:06 pm by Dan Musick
Picture of Coronavirus sign in the window.

Last Monday, employees in both of the DDM companies met to strategize and make changes regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

I began the meeting reading from Psalm 91, and we began with prayer. Here are some selected portions of my text.

We are entering uncharted waters.…

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Half-Baked Torsion Springs

Monday, March 2nd, 2020 at 12:02 pm by Dan Musick
Complications stemming from half-baked Torsion Springs

This week one of our wholesale customers called me about stripped operator drive sprockets. This is usually caused by overstress. However, in this case, it could possibly be due to half-baked torsion springs. I recommend the service tech disconnect the drive chain and check the door balance as per the instructions we have on our “Balanced Garage Door” blog.…

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Taylor Garage Door Hinges

Friday, February 14th, 2020 at 5:53 pm by Dan Musick
Old Style Taylor Black End Hinge
Old Style Taylor Black End Hinge

Taylor garage doors have been obsolete since the early 1990s. After they ceased production, we often had to replace an entire door if only one of the sections was rusty or damaged. All the hardware, tracks, and torsion assembly parts for the older Taylor doors are replaceable with standard hardware, including Taylor garage door hinges.…

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YES, WE'RE OPEN FOR BUSINESS! DDM is considered a life-sustaining company because we are an internet retail company that provides essential products. Due to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus, however, we are changing our local order pickup policy at our West Chicago location. To pick up an order you will need to order first. The quickest way is to order in advance through our online shopping cart. There you can select the local pickup option. Or, you can call 630-293-1337 for assistance, to confirm availability of parts, and to place your order. Once ordered, your parts will be available for pickup in the lobby of our north side front entrance. Longer items will be picked up on the south side loading dock. Please honor the six foot social distancing rule. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all navigate this challenge together. More information is available on our blog titled DDM Adjusts to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. In the same article you will also find documentation and an answer to the question: "Is a garage door repair company a life sustaining business?"

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19 SHIPPING TIMES ARE NOT GUARANTEED, EVEN ON NEXT DAY AND SECOND DAY SHIPMENTS. NORMAL TRANSIT TIMES DO NOT APPLY.