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How to Replace Steel Rolling Door Springs

Monday, March 18th, 2019 at 4:25 pm by Dan Musick

1. Close the door.
2. If there is a hood covering the barrel remove the hood.
3. Unwind spring(s) unless the spring or springs are already broken. Mark the tension wheel and count the number of turns you remove. You’ll need to rewind the spring the same number of turns and possibly a little more.…

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Garage Door Cables

Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 6:02 pm by Dan Musick

A straight cable with no fittings installed is considered raw cable. These cables are normally purchased on rolls, and raw garage door cables are commonly used when a contractor or maintenance man is cutting cables for garage doors with various heights and types of lifts.…

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Spring Bumpers on Double Low Headroom Tracks

Friday, January 4th, 2019 at 6:44 pm by Dan Musick

At DDM Garage Doors we run into a number of unique situations.

Craig Boyd didn’t have enough room at the ends of his tracks so he asked us for some suggestions. 

We kicked around some ideas and here’s what resulted. These pictures show how he installed spring bumpers at the ends of his double low headroom tracks when there wasn’t enough room at the ends of the tracks to mount the bumpers.…

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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

 Learn a good trick.

 Go on YouTube and look a for “life hacks,” and try some of them. It will expand your mind to see possibilities.

 Break a record.

 It may be a personal record, or winning a contest, but strive for the best. …

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Intangible Tools For Residential Garage Door Repair, Part 2

Friday, December 21st, 2018 at 4:28 pm by Dan Musick

Picking up where we left off . . .


5. Did you enjoy math in school? If so, why?

In garage door repair and replacement instructions, verbs like “to measure,” “ to mark,” “ to weigh,” “to adjust” and “to draw,” appear in various forms frequently.…

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Intangible Tools For Residential Garage Door Repair, Part 1

Friday, December 14th, 2018 at 9:49 am by Dan Musick

When you view a garage door going up or down, you likely survey the largest moving parts in a home’s structure. As such, it requires a lot of sub-parts. And these wear out due to the law of Entropy, or whatever you call it.…

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Extension Spring Tandem Yokes

Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 3:51 pm by Dan Musick

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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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.


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