A Little Goes a Long Way
Is Your Garage Door Squeaking?
When lubricating your garage door, a "little goes a long way!" Garage door torsion springs will squeak without a little bit of oil. (NOTE: Do NOT oil the ends of the springs where the aluminum fittings are). You can use expensive spray lubricants (not WD-40) or just common motor oil. The old-fashioned oil can performs very well with garage door hardware.
A LOT of oil or grease will actually harm the performance of your door, especially in cold climates. In the winter, the grease will harden which will slow down your door mechanism, or it may even bind up. In the summer, the grease will liquify and drip on your car (or even on your head)!
Our technicians ran across these springs recently. This homeowner had good intentions, but a few drops of oil do so much more than a bucket of good intentions. Or a bucket of grease!
Garage Door Installer - High Tension Job!!
A couple of months ago we installed sectional and rolling door job in Bullhead City, Arizona for Discount Tire Company. The sectional garage door in this photo is 22' wide x 12' high and it weighs somewhere around 800 - 1,000 pounds! That weight is lifted by two huge torsion springs on a solid shaft.
One of our installers posted the photo of the spring on Facebook the other day and his comment was, "High Tension Job!"
Safety is a primary responsibility in all types of garage door work. Installers must be certified to OSHA standards and must be thoroughly experience and trained in safe procedures. One slip can be disastrous in this profession.
Garage door torsion springs are very powerful and are sized to each different garage door according to weight and size of the door. The springs turn the torsion shaft which is made of solid steel, unlike the shafts in a residential garage which are tubular. As the spring winds and unwinds, it turns the torsion shaft. The door is lifted by means of garage door cables and drums that are located at each end of the torsion shaft.
Martin Garage Doors of Nevada is your source for all kinds of residential and commercial garage doors, gates, dock levelers and other dock equipment, fire doors, grilles and much more. The company is accredited by the Institute for Door Education and Accreditation, and the technicians are also certified by that organization. Call Martin today for all of your garage door needs! www.martindoor.com
Major Safety Violation!
Our installers found this commercial jackshaft operator on a "sheet door" at a residence last week.
It was quickly replaced with a Liftmaster residential jackshaft operator that complies with the latest
A sheet door is the type of door that is ordinarily used on mini storage units
and other low-use warehouse applications. It is nothing more than a
flexible corrutaged sheet of steel that rolls up and down. When it is open,
the door rolls into a coil at the top above the door opening. The sheet rolls
down in a track to close the opening. These doors have very few moving
parts and are not made for high use. Without special wind locks in the
tracks, the sheet curtain can blow out of the guides in high wind. But they are an affordable door in
occasional-use areas such as storage units.
Occasionally someone uses a sheet door on a residence, and that was the case here. The
problem is that sheet doors require special electric operators that close the door by turning the coil
rather than by pulling it up and down.
UL 325 is the standard that dictates safety guidelines for all residential operators. By installing
commercial operators on residences, the owners and their family are exposed to the dangerous
forces without the safety devices to protect them. Commercial operators rarely meet residential
safety guidelines such as the requirements for entrapment protection. Most residential operators
use photo eyes as entrapment protection devices. In addition, many residential operators use
"inherent" entrapment protection by sensing an overload in the electrical current and reversing the
Each year, thousands of people are seriously injured or killed in garage door related accidents. So
these safety standards are extremely important to follow. The old commercial operator on this door
did not meet safety standards, so it was an "accident waiting to happen."
Inspect your garage door operator today. Make sure it carries the UL label and shows that it meets
the UL 325 safety standard. If you cannot find the UL label, or you can't tell if your garage door meets
these standards, call us today for a free safety inspection.
HAPPY EASTER! - Update on our own Easter Bunny!
Here is the latest update on Spring the Garage Door Bunny. Rescued from an abusive situation Jan 22nd, he was mean and ill-tempered but today Spring is a happy 24-hour resident at Martin Garage Doors!
Just last week, Spring's quarters were update with a new water dispenser, bathroom box, chewie toys, and tooth-cleaner sticks. A new cage is in his hear future.
Just in case anyone is wondering, the total budget spent on Spring has been under $20 per month. The rescue shelter made sure he was healthy and that he had all of his shots and other care. There is no reason that other individuals and businesses wouldn't enjoy their own rescue pet.
Enjoy Spring's live feed on his own Facebook page. Like his page at facebook.com/realspringlv/. Please share with all of your friends and neighbors!
Farmhouse Style in Garage Doors
Farmhouse style is the rage of the day. But how can garage doors complement this style? The modern-day farmhouse style calls for simple feelings of warmth and comfort. It's a traditional look, but in a comfortable in a way that makes you want to put your feet up and stay awhile. The farmhouse style is similar to country, carriage house and ranch house styles, but with it's own look and feel. The key is "Rustic." It's a combination between rural, urban, old, new, formal, informal and functional.
There are many ways to add this style on the front of your house, and the garage door is certainly a big portion of the front of your house. We're speaking of curb appeal. Think of porches, old farmhouses and barns, and a feeling of comfort and
welcomeness. A classic farmhouse look is all about a down home feeling.
In a farmhouse, we find a combination of elements.
- The look of real wood
- Focus on wide planks
- Try to get a "barnboard" feeling
- A mixture of wood and metal
- A metal or composite door can look like real wood
- Add wrought iron accents with studs, clavos and spear points
- Consider vintage iron accessories like handles, hinges, door
knockers and step plates
- Colors range from white to more rustic and even dark shades
- Two-tone is also acceptable
- Try to get a weathered look
Aluminum and steel doors can be powder coated with rustic shades, metallics, and "vein" types of painting in both
glossy and matte. Glossy is easier to clean and lasts longer, while matte gives a softer, warmer feel with a little more
TLC required to maintain it's classic look over the years. Powder coating has the advantage that it will last for
Garage doors are not commonly constructed from actual reclaimed wood for safety reasons. The newer aluminum,
steel and composite materials can give the look without sacrificing safety. These doors often require spans of 16-18
feet or more, so structural integrity is essential. After all, you don't want a garage door to fall or even sag, because
they are hanging "heavy over thy poor head!"
A small gallery of pictures is included here. But remember that each of these doors can be white, light, or dark in color.
Try to match the scheme of your home in a harmonious way. The home with a green roof for example, could include
green panels with white planks. You are limited only by your imagination and good taste.
Tuesday, Mar 27th 2018 - Garage Doors in the News
Two men dead in murder-suicide after man uses old garage door code to break into Texas home
Always delete old garage door codes!
Two people have died in a murder-suicide after a man broke into a Texas home. An ex-boyfriend arrived at the home where he used to live in Cypress, north-west of Houston, at about 3.15am on Monday and started beating the garage door.
Police said that when no one answered, he entered his old garage door security code and went into the home.
He shot dead his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend and then killed himself.
His final Facebook post read: 'I'm sorry y'all, I'll see you on the other side'
Garage door codes can be deleted and reset by homeowners. For instructions on how to do this, visit the garage door opener manufacturer's website and find the instruction manual for your device.
Garage doors are extremely important for the security of the home, but a careless homeowner lets it becomean open invitation for intruders. Proper steps must be taken by a diligent homeowner to protect the home.
Remotes should never be left in view even in a locked car. A garage door remote left innocently in a car can equip a vandal with a key to your home. As a current crime wave will attest, parking lot vandals who spot a remote will break into the car and steal it along with the vehicle registration (which has the property address)!
A clear window on a garage door encourages nighttime burglars to shine a flashlight inside searching for valuable items. Always tint garage door windows with a deep color to reduce the ability to see through it.
Garage doors that are not wind-loaded are easy invitations for teenagers and a damaging practice called "door diving." Flimsy garage doors can be pushed in by running into the center of them which can bend in the door sufficiently to knock it right out of the track and leave the door laying on the ground. Make sure your garage door has been wind loaded and reinforced with heavy struts on the inside.
Garage doors require regular care. Always remember that failure to have professional maintenance on your garage door at least every 1-4 years (depending on frequency of use) can allow the door to become hazardous.
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Las Vegas Motor Speedway
For those of you who have visited the Neon Garage at the Speedway, you will appreciate how important the doors are during a NASCAR racing event. See the Neon Garage this year during any of the dozens of events at the Speedway.
We installed these steel rolling doors by Cookson. Rolling steel doors are most useful in situations of high security environments, and the Neon Garage fits that definition. Many of the top names in racing are driving these vehicles in some of the top races in the nation.
We also installed the doors at the Oasis Bar which is surrounded by the Neon Garage. These
security counter doors are used to close up and secure the Oasis Bar when not being used.
When they are opened, they are not visible to the public.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is an American family-owned and operated business venture that sanctions and governs multiple auto-racing sports events. Bill France Sr. founded the company in 1948 and his grandson Brian France became its CEO in 2003. NASCAR is motorsport's preeminent stock-car racing organization. NASCAR sanctions over 1,500 races at over 100 tracks in 39 of the 50 US states as well as in Canada.
Martin Garage Doors of Nevada Earns Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service
March 19, 2018
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA– Martin Garage Doors of Nevada is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017.
“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award have demonstrated the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros have provided top-notch service to our members and absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
According to company manager, Ken Martin, the company is Southern Nevada’s top garage door and gate contractor with industry accreditation and installer certifications from the Institute of Door Education and Accreditation (www.dooreducation.com).
Martin Garage Doors of Nevada has been listed on Angie’s List for over 10 years. This is the second consecutive year the company has received this honor.
Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.
For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.
Martin Garage Doors of Nevada is a garage door and gate contractor in business since 1936 and is licensed in Utah, Nevada and Arizona.
Contact: Ken Martin, 702-617-1645 www.martindoorlv.com
Old Garage Doors Can Be Hazardous!
We replaced this opener yesterday, 1980's vintage Liftmaster 1020C with NO PHOTO EYES! Very risky, out of code since 1995. Make sure your garage door has photo eyes no more than 6" above the floor! Notice the wireless wall button.
The problem is that without photo eyes or other equivalent safety system, you and your children are at risk if the garage door spring breaks, or if the power goes out and you try to work it by hand, or if you are in the way when the door closes.
Garage Doors all need professional maintenance every 3-4 years if not more often. But it seems that garage doors are one of the most neglected products in the home, even though they are the largest moving part of most homes. They need lubrication, adjustment and TLC or they can become hazardous.
If your garage door opener does not have photo eyes (or another equivalent safety system) mounted about 6" or less from the floor, your garage door is out of code and ican be hazardous. Call us today for a preventive maintenance on your door! I hope we don't discover something like the opener shown in this photo in your garage!
BTW ... Anyone seen one of these in recent history?