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LiftMaster Logic 5 Voltages

Friday, September 25th, 2020 at 3:36 pm by Dan Musick

In most commercial operators sold in the last century, there were two voltages: the incoming line voltage, and the lower secondary voltage from the transformer. This was usually 24-28 volts with alternating current. On rainy days in my early years, this lower voltage would often produce a noticeable shock.…

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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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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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