Maintaining Garage Door Openers

Garage door openers are rugged devices that are expected to do many years of hard labor. An opener has both mechanical and electrical parts that could use a little maintenance and care. Always be sure the power is off to an opener before making any adjustments.

Speaking of electricity, the first thing to check if an opener doesn't work is the power supply. Is it plugged in? Are electrical wires loose or disconnected? Lots of household fix-its are just that easy.



1. Eliminate a sagging chain by adjusting the chain tension. If the chain sags more than 1/2 inch below the rail, it may bang against the rail and cause undue wear on the drive sprocket. Tighten the chain until it rests 1/2 inch above the base of the rail, but be careful not to overtighten.


2. A door that fails to open fully can be fixed by adjusting the limit screws. Unplug the opener and locate the up-limit adjustment screw on the power unit. Turn the screw clockwise. Plug in the opener, run it through a cycle, and see if you need to adjust it more.


3. Safety reversing sensors are those two little light-beam devices near the bottom of the door. If something breaks the beam while the door is closing, the sensor reverses the door. Sometimes, the beams can get out of alignment. Make sure the sensors face each other across the garage door opening in order to function properly.


4. Clean and lubricate the drive chain and track of the automatic door opener once or twice a year. Use a light penetrating oil instead of grease to keep from collecting dirt and grit.

Home Improvement

Green Houses
This small greenhouse can be constructed over the course of a couple of weekends and is perfect for extending your growing season into the cooler months of the year.


Guide to Garbage Disposal Ratings
Garbage disposals are becoming more and more popular. Although the device has been around for decades, it didn’t really become standard fare in most American homes until the 70’s and 80’s, when advances in water pressure and sewage treatment made such waste disposal methods more practical. Today garbage disposals come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and power ratings, including models that use ceramic blades and other design features in lieu of more traditional canisters. If you’re looking for a quick way to distinguish one from the next and choose the best model for your home, it pays to understand what all those numbers really mean.


Guide to Pool Chemicals
Swimming pools offer considerable pleasure to their owners, which is why they continue to be a staple of comfortable living across the nation. More than simple watering holes, the finest pools can offer peace and tranquility year-round. Add in the wide variety of exercise and recreational possibilities they afford and it’s no wonder so many Americans spend hours every month maintaining their pools for perfect health. If you already own a pool, you may have noticed that even the best laid plans can go awry over time.


Guide to Pool Cleaners
Pools are known for a great many things, but dazzling clarity isn’t always among them. The truth is that pools tend to collect dust, dirt and debris on a daily basis no matter how carefully we try to maintain their perfection. Filters are designed expressly to trap unwanted particle such as these, but it simply isn’t practical to expect them to intercept everything constantly and continue operating at peak efficiency. The problem gets even stickier when you consider how much debris never even reaches the filters – unusually heavy or adhesive items may stay in your pool indefinitely without intervention.


Hardwood Floor Maintenance
While vacuuming is a great way to keep your hardwood floor clean, be conscious of how the vacuum impacts your floors. It’s best to use a canister vacuum with a bare floor attachment or a brush attachment. Vacuums with beater bars are not recommended. Also, make sure the wheels of the vacuum are not scratching the floor as it moves. Regular vacuuming is an easy way to keep your floor free of debris.


Home Fire Safety
Fire safety should be at the top of your priority list if you want to protect your family in the event of an emergency. Here's some advice on keeping your home and family safe and sound.


How do Pool Chlorinators Work?
Chlorine has been in use in a wide variety of industrial applications for hundreds of years, and in that time we have come to understand it extremely well. Although some activists believe chlorine in pools poses a safety hazard, clinical studies have found no suck link – either to swimmers or the environment. This is why nearly every pool in America continues to employ chlorine as a free-ranging antibacterial, keeping the water clear and clean and maintaining an essential level of purity for recreational use. If you own a pool, however, you know that regulating chlorine can represent something of a headache.




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