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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ringing in 2011


Happy New Year from all of us at Alamo Door & Awning!!!

All the excitement is building for New Years Eve Night. Parties and festivities are being planned every where, so we hope that 2011 finds you safe and warm. For those traveling we wish you safety on the roads.

We are so excited about 2011!!! Keep an eye on our blog or join us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on exciting contests and tips on maintenance on your garage door and opener. You can also stop by our home on the web, www.alamodoor.com and to see what our customers are saying about us check us out on Customer Lobby.

So when you need garage door & opener repairs or installation call us… 817-265-2563.

Until Next Year!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Winter Is Here!!

I headed to work this morning and the temperature showed a whopping 32 degrees out in the country. It was plenty cold for this native Texan. As I bundled up and waited for my car to decide to blow some warm air around, I began to think. Now, perhaps you aren’t like me but if I’m idle my mind starts going.

So, I’m thinking how many of the people in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metro area went out into their garages and felt that cold air coming in around their garage doors. Most will put up with it because it’s too much trouble or they aren’t sure what to do.

Staying warm in winter is not always easy, so here are just a few ideas on helping you stay warm and safe this Holiday Season.

1.      Make sure your remotes and keypads are working and replace the batteries if needed. It’ll keep you from climbing out of the car into the cold to raise the garage door. Alamo Door & Awning will replace batteries in your remotes and keypads and we have a remote to work with your garage door opener.

2.      Make sure your garage door is always closed on your home. Thieves can “shop” from the street and an open garage door helps them out. Alamo Door & Awning sells a sensor that tells you if the door is open or closed from inside your house, you don’t have to run out and check the door, you know by a glance that your door is shut.

3.      Weather seal is an easy and quick way to help keep Old Man Winter out of your garage. It’s something that you can install yourself, you just have to hop over to Alamo Door & Awning let us fix you right up with the weather seal that will work for you, we even have weather seal that is universal, it’ll work on any door!!

Stay Warm!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Special TV Report on a Garage Door Dilemma

Here is a perfect example of why you should get your prices up front and in writing. If your garage door breaks don't let just anyone start working on your door without first giving you a quote on paper. If you are unsure get a second opinion. Most important, you need to feel comfortable with who you use to do the work needed.


 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Lubricating Your Garage Door Opener


When lubricating your garage door opener find out what type of opener you have. There are 3 basic types of openers. Chain drive, screw drive, and finally belt drive. Lets start in that order. Unplug your garage door opener. You will need to have a low temp grease called lubriplate. Look for a nylon gear inside unit and coat liberally on both gears. Next you might want to tighten chain due to it stretching over time. You can also lube the chain with a light duty spray lube. That covers the chain drive.



Screw drive openers really only require the actual rail to be lubed. Again using the lubriplate low temp grease get a remote control in one hand and in the other hand the grease. Take remote and activate door. When the screw starts to turn run the grease along the turning portion of the rail until you have gone the entire length. You will hear an immediate difference and you will know that you have done it correctly


Finally the belt drive. Belt drive will some time just need the belt to be tightened up and some low temp grease put on the bottom of rail. be sure to not get any on the belt itself. If you have trouble finding the correct lubricates ask us about our Maintenance Pack that include everything you will need to keep your garage door and opener running and lubed. Stay tuned for maintenance tips.



Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Keeping Your Garage Door Lubricated 102



Now is the time to lubricate your Garage door. It is the largest moving part in your home and yet it usually gets the least amount of attention. With the winter months coming on and the rain that usually comes with the winter months, the garage door rollers and springs will start to rust. You will need a light weight spray lubricate to start with.  You will want to spray the hinge pivot points and then the roller its self. Be sure to lubricate all hinges and rollers. Next lubricate the torsion spring. Below you can see a photo of the torsion spring . Just spray it from side to side then run the door up and down to make sure it gets in between the coils. Remember the springs are under pressure be very cautious when around them even while lubricating. Next time we will show you how to lubricate you garage door opener.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Before we discuss the "How To's" Let's talk about Garage Door Safety!




First a quick note to say garage doors and openers are not toys to be ridden or pulled and or played with. They can in fact kill you. According to reports received by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 60 children between the ages of 2 and 14 have been trapped and killed under automatic garage doors since March 1982. This is approximately 4 such deaths per year. Other children have suffered brain damage or serious injuries when the closing door contacted them, and failed to stop and reverse its direction.



CPSC urges consumers to check the condition and operation of their garage door and the opener. A properly operating garage door will be "balanced." This means that the door will stay in place when stopped in any partially opened position. A severely unbalanced garage door could unexpectedly crash to the floor possibly striking someone under the open door.



 Its imperative to TEACH YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT GARAGE DOOR SAFETY!!!!!

Do not allow children to play or hang on your garage door. You should discuss garage door safety with your children. Be sure to show your children that they should never stand or walk under a moving garage door. Make sure they understand the danger of being trapped under the door. Never let children play with or use the wall button control.


Do not let children play with or use remote controls. You should always keep remote controls out of the reach of children.

Finally, never assume the garage door is always clear when you close it. If kids have been outside playing near the door take second and inspect to make sure everything is clear before hitting the button to close it.

Once again stay safe with your garage doors. See us on our next post to tell you how to lubricate you garage door.









Thursday, August 26, 2010

Garage Doors and Openers Operation 101




Garage Door Operation 101 – a homeowner’s guide to the garage door and how it works.




One of the most overlooked “appliances” in your home is the garage door. You press a button. It goes up. It goes down. Simple, right?


Not really. Like every other mechanical device you own – your cars, your kitchen and laundry appliances and your heating and cooling systems – your garage door and its operating system needs to be properly adjusted and regularly maintained in order to function correctly.


You can perform some simple safety and maintenance tasks yourself. Other tasks – such as spring repair/replacement, track and roller repair/replacement and door installation – are jobs best left to trained service professionals.


Just as it is common practice to have your home’s heating and cooling systems checked annually, it’s also a good idea to have your door checked annually by a qualified service technician to ensure that it continues to work properly and effectively.


Never take a garage door system for granted; always use extreme caution when working on it or near it. Make sure that children understand that the garage door and the garage door opener are not toys. Never let children play with the door or its operating system.

Look for our next blog post....Specifics Of Maintaining Your Garage Door 102

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