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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

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

He mentored me in the door business. He was a friend. He will be missed.

More information can be found at the Legacy Website.…

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Garage Door Lubricants and Why WD-40 Just Won’t Cut it

Friday, November 30th, 2018 at 5:29 pm by Dan Musick

WD-40 is seen as the fix-it miracle opposite the spectrum from duct tape. Need to stop a squeak? Squirt some WD-40 in there. Having a hard time with gum in your hair? Spray it with WD-40! Need to soften leather, unstick some LEGOs, clean crayon marks, prevent corrosion on guitar strings?…

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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

1. Snow and Rain

Precipitation hits every part of the garage door. Rain, snow, and sleet can come in from an improperly sealed top, bottom, or side seal. This can create a hazardous condition from frozen water melting and re-freezing.

2.…

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Garage Door End Hinges: Upgrade Considerations

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

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

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

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Parts for Custom Garage Doors

Friday, November 2nd, 2018 at 5:18 pm by Dan Musick

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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Gapped Torsion Springs: In the Gap?

Friday, October 26th, 2018 at 4:24 pm by Dan Musick

In the garage door industry gapping refers to engineered spaces between coils on a torsion spring. Gapped springs function differently than ungapped springs, and using the wrong springs from a gapping perspective can cause unneeded expense and time to rectify.

Clopay EZ-Set torsion springs are specially gapped, and designed only for Clopay Door EZ-Set systems.…

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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, all depending on one’s outlook and their plans for the future. Sure, there are a lot of 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

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 protocol that need to be done before the snow flies, especially garage door inspections.…

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Help Removing Torsion Spring Cones

Friday, October 5th, 2018 at 3:13 pm by Dan Musick

Over the years one of the most frustrating parts of door repairs has been the removal of cones from the ends of torsion springs.

 

The new gif at our “Torsion Spring Cone Replacement” tutorial should help clarify where the stress needs to be.…

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Rusty and Frayed Cables

Friday, September 21st, 2018 at 5:22 pm by Dan Musick

When a cable breaks the first symptom is usually a crooked garage door. This can also happen if one of the cables comes off one of the drums.

Garage door cables often fray just under the cable drum because of the rough grooves in the drum.…

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