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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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How to Replace Garage Door Springs

Friday, February 7th, 2020 at 6:10 pm by Dan Musick
DDM Garage Doors, Inc web page exhibiting torsion springs from different manufactures

Garage door springs counterbalance the weight of the door, making it easy to lift. In this blog, you will find links for how to replace garage door springs on any of the standard systems.

First, you will need to identify the type of spring you have.…

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Written Instructions for the S3 Winder

Friday, January 24th, 2020 at 6:19 pm by Dan Musick
A view of the S3 Winder with torsion springs
Detailed Written Instructions for Installing the ALT Winder with Torsion Springs

Are you hesitant to buy torsion springs because of the danger of winding and unwinding the springs? Let the S3 Winder solve this obstacle for you!

On an earlier blog titled “Torsion Spring Winding Systems,” we described the advantages and disadvantages of some of the various winding systems.…

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How to Buy Garage Door Springs

Friday, January 17th, 2020 at 12:57 pm by Dan Musick
Example of the Eight Different Types of Garage Door Springs
How to Buy the Eight Types of Garage Door Springs

1. In order to purchase springs, the first step is to identify the type. On our Garage Door Springs page, we show eight types of springs: Standard Garage Door Torsion Springs, Wayne Dalton TorqueMaster Torsion Springs, Sectional Garage Door Extension Springs; Clopay, Ideal and Holmes Garage Door EZ-Set Torsion Springs, One-Piece Garage Door Extension Springs, Self-Storage Roll-up Door Springs; Commercial and Industrial Torsion Springs, and Steel Rolling Door Torsion Springs.…

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My Toughest Torsion Spring Replacement

Friday, January 3rd, 2020 at 5:59 pm by Dan Musick
Image of a broken torsion spring on an overhead door.
Broken Sectional Overhead Door Torsion Spring.

For the professional replacing torsion springs can take anywhere from 20 minutes on a residential garage door to an entire day on a commercial or industrial sectional overhead type door. My job was far more complicated than the basic residential garage door since it was replacing springs on a sectional high lift overhead door, making it the toughest torsion spring replacement.…

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Repairing Your Garage Door

Friday, December 27th, 2019 at 4:58 pm by Dan Musick
A Garage Door Service Professional standing with the garage door opened and looking at the door to diagnose the issue.
A Garage Door Service Professional is diagnosing a door issue.

Most people take their garage doors for granted. We go into the garage in the morning, open the door, back the car out, and then close the door before we drive off.…

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Source of Wisdom & Security in the Garage Door Business

Friday, May 31st, 2019 at 4:57 pm by Dan Musick

My son sent me this passage a few years ago, and I keep it posted on the wall here at work. With garage doors or any other business, operating wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and justice come from the Lord. He truly watches over us throughout our lives.…

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Unmatched Support. The Right Part. DIY with Confidence!

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.