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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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Garage Door Cables

Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 6:02 pm by Dan Musick
An image of a raw garage door cable.

A straight cable with no fittings installed is considered raw cable. When a contractor or maintenance man is cutting cables for garage doors with various heights and types of lifts, they normally use raw garage door cables on rolls. On standard lift doors, the simplest way to determine the cable length is to add 18″ or 1.5′ to the height of the door, assuming a standard 4″ diameter cable drum.…

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Extension Spring Tandem Yokes

Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 3:51 pm by Dan Musick
View of tandem yoke plate connecting two springs.

Extension spring tandem yokes allow for a total four springs on an extension spring system. They are a good alternative for heavier doors. Using four smaller springs will often save on the cost as well. Above is our tandem yoke plate for lighter doors that weigh less than 250 pounds.…

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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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Garage Door End Hinges: Upgrade Considerations

Friday, November 9th, 2018 at 6:19 pm by Dan Musick

End hinges on new garage doors often break prematurely because the hinges are thinner and narrower.

Image of a broken 18 gauge hinge on a garage door.

We often recommend that customers with larger, heavier doors upgrade to the heavier 14 gauge end hinges when possible. Here is a comparison of the benefits and drawbacks of each.…

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Custom Garage Door Parts

Friday, November 2nd, 2018 at 5:18 pm by Dan Musick
An almond colored house with custom garage doors containing windows.

Custom residential garage doors are a beautiful addition to any home. No matter how old it becomes. We always tend to think of it as new, just like the day we bought it. When you can’t deny it any longer and admit it’s time for a repair (or maybe it breaks down and leaves you with no choice), you might worry that the right part won’t be available.…

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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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Pitch of the Torsion Spring

Friday, July 13th, 2018 at 5:29 pm by Dan Musick
A view of two torsion springs side-by-side showing the different pitch of the spring.

We are frequently asked, “Why is one of my garage door springs slinky and the other tight?” Or, “Why is one spring stiff and the other loose?” The answer lies in the pitch of the torsion spring wire.

When a spring coils, the wire normally winds at a 90-degree angle from the spool or rod around which the wire winds.…

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Free Garage Door Hardware

Friday, June 8th, 2018 at 5:20 pm by Dan Musick

On our Standard Garage Door Torsion Springs page, we include a special offer for free garage door hardware or free winding bars.

An image of end bearing plates, center bearing and cables that are part of the special offer for free garage door hardware.
An image of winding bars that are part of the special offer for free garage door hardware.

Since we started this we have had a number of requests for substitutions.

For example, when someone is purchasing one of our torsion spring conversion kits.…

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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.