How to Program a Universal Garage Door Opener Remote

The universal garage door opener is a modern miracle that has saved the fortunes of countless families who have lost the remote control that came with their garage door opener. It also comes in handy when you need to get a new garage door opener but prefer to customize the shape of the buttons and, in some cases, their function. Universal garage door openers also come in handy when you have to manage multiple garage doors, like the one at ...

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How do your Garage Door parts compare to typical replacement parts?

It’s a question we’re asked all the time… Let’s start with a simple fact – All garage door parts are NOT created equal. The typical garage door installation and/or repair uses a “Builders Grade” set of parts. Just like “Builders grade” appliances – These are designed to last a few years (if treated lightly and maintained well) and wear out…

Retrak Garage Door parts are designed for a long and trouble free life. We use “Commercial grade” parts and they ...

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Why is my garage door so heavy?

We are all creatures of habit. We get used to the way something feels or acts and then tend to ignore it until, for some reason it feels different.

One of these is your garage door and we often get calls asking “Why is my garage door so heavy?”

Let’s start with the basics – Garage doors are usually the largest moving object in your home, with an average size of 8′ wide and 7′ high for a single door. Regardless of ...

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Replace Old Garage Door Springs

Your garage door springs are easily the most important and most dangerous part of your garage door and springs do wear out and break. When they do break, injuries are not an uncommon result. (Each year 30,000 people end up in the hospital as a result of trying to repair garage door springs by themselves) If you have an older garage door, especially one that seems to be opening with some difficulty…have your springs inspected by a trained and certified ...

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Ever Push Your Garage Door Remote and Nothing Happens?

It happens all too often and we always get a call. Sometimes it is a serious issue – bad garage door opener – broken springs etc. BUT… sometimes it’s just your remote… and even simpler… how far away from the door you are when you hit the button.

Here’s a note on the range of your remote control. The distance at which your remote control is effective can change from day to day. Its’ current battery level, radio interference, and believe ...

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How do I know what size garage door I have or need?

It’s a common question – What size is my garage door?

First, some basics… a typical single car garage door is 8 feet wide and 7 feet high. Likewise a standard two car garage door is most often 16 feet wide and 7 feet high. This information will get you about 80% of the way there…

However, not every garage door is or was framed exactly the same. Double check by measuring the width of the actual finished opening and then the ...

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Garage Door Care & Maintenance

Given the fact that your garage door is the largest opening on your home and, most likely, the largest piece of equipment in your home, it’s important to make sure that your garage door is properly maintained and kept in good, working order. Above all else, you want to ensure the safety of your family by protecting your home and car from theft and the outside elements. Below are some tips and tests that will help you monitor the condition ...

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Saving Energy with Garage Door Insulation

In today’s economy people are looking at ways to save money and cut costs. One of the biggest costs homeowners face during the winter months is heating. It’s a delicate balance between keeping the thermostat high enough to be comfortable but low enough so you can still afford to pay the bills. Properly insulating your home goes a long way in reducing your energy bill and keeping your house warmer, but often the biggest cause of a cold home, the ...

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The Internet, Garage Doors and Curb Appeal

Want to add long-term value and attract buyers? Could consider a facelift for your garage.

Statistics show that more than 90 percent of home buyers turn to the Internet first in their home searches, often basing their decisions to learn more about a property from the photos they see of a home’s exterior. With large portions of a home’s facade often comprised of a street-facing garage door, it’s no surprise that garage door replacement is, for the second year in a ...

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Should I change both garage door springs, or just the one spring that is broken?

Most double car garage doors have two springs across the top of the door and often only one will be broken. It’s a question we get all the time.. “Should I change both springs, or just the one spring that is broken?”

We highly recommend that you change both springs at the same time. since both springs have been under the same amount of stress each time the door has been opened and closed. Torsion springs have definite lifespans and ...

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