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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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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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Some of the Best New Year’s Resolutions I’ve Heard

Friday, December 28th, 2018 at 4:32 pm by Dan Musick

To begin with, why make a New Year’s Resolution? Regardless of how trivial it might be, it can enhance your life in the upcoming year.

Learn a good trick.

Go on YouTube and look for “life hacks” and try some of them.…

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In Memory of Harold (Butch) Poling 06-27-1948 to 11-29-2018

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 at 11:57 am by Dan Musick
Picture of Harold Poling (on the right ) and Dan Musick (on the left) in front of an "Area Door Service Co." red truck.

Harold Poling was my former employer for more than 15 years as I raised my family.

Furthermore, he mentored me in the door business. He was a friend and I will miss him.

More information can be found at the Legacy Website.…

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5 Things that Get Into a Garage with Poor Seals

Friday, November 23rd, 2018 at 2:44 pm by Dan Musick

The purpose of a weather seal is to keep cold air from entering through the cracks around the garage door. Additionally, it keeps insects and critters out of the garage. By weatherproofing a garage door with poor seals, you can save on your energy bill and stay warmer through the winter.…

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Increase Your Home’s Value with a New Garage Door

Friday, October 19th, 2018 at 6:16 pm by Dan Musick

Home remodeling can be exciting, or it can be viewed as expensive, a lot of work, or not worth it. This all depends on one’s outlook and their plans for the future. Sure, there are many people who will tell you that this project or that one will increase your home’s value.…

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Garage Door Inspections – A Fall Must-Do!

Friday, October 12th, 2018 at 5:06 pm by Dan Musick
A picture of double white garage doors.

With temperatures dropping, it won’t be long before the leaves fall, the air is crisp and cool, and you are staring winter in the face. This means you need to think about all those pesky details and maintenance protocols. These are usually performed before the snow flies, especially garage door inspections.…

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Torsion Spring Inside Diameter Converter

Friday, August 31st, 2018 at 1:53 pm by Dan Musick
An image displaying the inside diameter of a 2 inch and 2 5/8 inch torsion springs.

There are a number of applications where the technician or homeowner needs to change the inside diameter of their springs. Our Torsion Spring Inside Diameter Converter page should help.

For example, older springs often have obsolete hardware or cones.

Also, there is a need for a different torsion spring inside diameter to fit shorter springs in a limited space.…

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Garage Door Hardware Kits

Friday, May 25th, 2018 at 5:17 pm by Dan Musick
An image of a garage door hardware kit showing parts such as hinges, rollers and fixtures.

Hardware kits are available for customers who build their own garage door sections as well as for those who buy the sections already made. We’re starting to see iron garage doors imported from other countries. These are much heavier than is typical.…

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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.