Thursday, September 29, 2016

LiftMaster EL1SS



The EL1SS Telephone Intercom and Access Control System provides wired telephone intercom communication and secure access control at the gate or door.


  • Call forwarding
  • Call waiting
  • Party mode to keep the entrance open
  • “Do not disturb” mode for added privacy
  • Auto-call feature that enables immediate notification when a guest pulls up to the gate (requires optional presence sensor)

Monday, September 26, 2016

8 Steps to a Successful Site: LiftMaster Cloud and IPAC



This video will provide an overview of the 8 steps for setting up a successful site in the LiftMaster Cloud.

Friday, September 23, 2016

A Brief Tutorial on Garage Door Safety and Installation

As a door expert witness, I am called upon many times a year to evaluate garage door injuries. Garage doors come in many shapes and sizes. Their functions range from basic security of an area to cosmetic concealment. Most doors can be broken down into a few basic styles or categories. Typical modern garage doors for residential applications tend to be predominantly of the overhead sectional variety. That style of door comes in many configurations, materials, levels of insulation, and a wide range of appearance possibilities. They are available as a prefabricated kit, or built as a custom design to complement the dacor of any building. Commercial warehouse type installations often dictate higher security requirements. A good choice for this security type of door is the "roll-up" style that resembles a roll top desk type of door. This door can be manufactured with a variety of materials that can be as strong as the adjacent walls, making forced entry through this opening very difficult. Other common commercial installations include light weight aluminum single or sectional panel doors. These doors function more for closing off an already secured area than for assuring point security.

In the past, the biggest concern with operating an overhead garage door was the potential risks associated with the springs used for balancing the door weight. Pre mid 1960's garage door installations typically relied upon a pair of stretched (tensioned) springs to assist the operation of the garage door pivoting hinges. These springs became loaded (tensioned) as the door was moved into the closed position. Unloading (releasing) of the stored spring energy occurred as the door was opened to the horizontal overhead position. One of the most dangerous aspects of these spring systems was that after a period of time, often without any maintenance or inspection, the points of attachment of these springs would rust or become weak. This weakening of the springs or points of attachment would often lead to an inadvertent explosive failure flinging the broken spring components across the garage, embedding the spring or steel components into the garage walls, cars or other items in the path of travel. Unfortunately, sometimes people were in the path of travel of these explosive occurrences. As these springs failed, as an attempted safeguard, some manufacturers devised a "caging" system for the springs. These cages were retrofitted onto the stretched springs in an attempt to capture the parts that would release if a failure occurred. While these caging devices were helpful, they were not completely effective. Some of these spring devices are still in use today. Whenever this condition exists or the quality of garage components are questionable, a qualified professional service technician should be consulted.

In response to the inherently dangerous old style garage spring issues as above, a newer and safer system for opening the overhead garage door was created. The idea was to transfer the load or weight of the door via a cable and pulley system to a vertical rod now equipped with a torsion (twisted) spring. This type of spring is installed with specialty hardware and bolts to a fixed plate at one end, while the entire spring is installed around a horizontal pipe. This load balancing device is normally installed directly over the header of the garage opening. Using appropriate cables, connectors and pulleys, the weight of the garage door is transferred into the torsion spring system. The difference between the old style stretched spring and the newer torsion spring is the way that the spring energy is stored. With the old style stretched spring, the energy is stored and released by pulling on the spring or returning the spring to its un-stretched condition. With a torsion type of spring, the energy is imparted or removed by rotating the spring clockwise or counter clockwise depending upon the direction of usage. With professional installation, the complete loading of the torsion spring is controlled by the garage installer, and is determined by the weight and size of the garage door that it is operating. When this type of torsion spring fails, it remains attached and intact to the location on the horizontal control rod where it was mounted. I have not heard of or seen any torsion spring fly across a garage, creating injury from failed components as with the stretched older style garage door springs. This is not to say that injuries have not occurred with the torsion style spring. The installation of this type of spring is generally safe when left to a trained garage door installation professional. Severe and serious injuries have occurred when untrained, unqualified individuals have attempted to install or service this type of spring. In most installations, a warning tag is left attached adjacent to the torsion spring when the garage door is installed. This tag warns of the danger associated with the stored energy of this spring, and alerts untrained individuals to not attempt any repair, adjustment or to even touch the spring and associated hardware. When the label that should be attached to this spring becomes damaged, is removed or tampered with, it is important that a new warning label be reattached immediately to show the dangers of this spring tension

Garage doors can be operated manually (by hand), as well as automatically (by power assisted motor). In both cases, the proper operation of the garage door is determined by the proper balancing of the garage door weight, springs and related component hardware. An automatic power assisted motor cannot overcome an improperly balanced garage door. The weight of all garage doors is normally deceptive. Due to the fact that a properly functioning door appears easy to open and close, many users do not realize the combined overall weight until springs fail to assist the door in its operation. In all cases, regardless of the type of garage door, the entire system of hinges, track, hardware, and door opener work as a team. Problems with misalignment, shifting, or jamming can lead to problematic operation of a door. Counter forces imparted to a garage door, not engineered into the components, can lead to injury. Inappropriate maintenance or complete lack of maintenance has lead to severe bodily injuries. Forcing the operation of a garage door, when one or more components have become damaged or broken has lead to serious bodily injuries. In all cases, maintenance is a crucial and important aspect of proper operation of all door systems.

In contrast to an overhead type of garage door, be it sectional or single panel, roll up doors have a totally different type of operating system. When these doors are used, they can be concealed in an overhead or under mounted trough. These doors operate similarly to a roll top desk door except for how they are stored when not in the closed position. They normally coil as they are retracted, and require significant gear trains to reduce the effort required to move these doors up and down into position. Often the forces needed to move these roll up doors require a reduction type of transmission that allows a very heavy door to be operated effortlessly. These doors can be chain driven either manually, or can be automated using electric motors. Roll up doors require more frequent evaluation and servicing than a standard overhead garage door. The tracks that are mounted vertically on both sides of the garage opening need maintenance and cleaning more frequently, and are often blocked by foreign obstructions or damaged by collision of some type. These roll up doors are often held open by some type of ratcheting action. Proper balancing of these doors is often more important than an overhead type of door, as the weight of these type of doors is normally much greater than an overhead door.

I have been involved in numerous garage door lawsuits where many different reasons for an injury have occurred. Having been retained as expert witness for both plaintiff and defense, several common factors have been observed. In many cases, unqualified individuals have attempted to repair or install garage doors. They have lacked the knowledge, skills or even the basic required tools to perform the work safely and properly. I have been hired as an expert by garage door manufacturers and installers to defend claims that they are not responsible for alleged product defects. In most cases, the components that failed, failed as a result of abuse or improper installation on the part of the end user. As stated above, the installation of many garage doors is not appropriate for an untrained person. An exception to this relates to "do it yourself" garage door kits that are sold at local home centers. A homeowner could install the door because these kits do not come with a professional quality package of hardware that should or would require special knowledge for the installation. These kits do not typically employ torsion springs that would require special knowledge, proper tools, and working skills to install. The doors are typically for light duty use. Professional installation services are often available through a home center to assist a homeowner in need of a specialized installation. As with most trade specific tasks, years of experience working as a professional installer qualifies tradesmen for their contracting license. The average homeowner watching a few television shows that give rough explanations of how to install garage doors is not usually qualified to install his or her own door. These "how to" television shows are no substitute for the many skills acquired after working in the field.

The above article is a very brief description of a few types of garage doors. I have not given any specific details regarding appropriate trade conduct or listed any information regarding the serious potential for bodily injuries.



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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Include Metal Garage Doors in Your New Home Design


If you are replacing an old garage door or selecting one for your new home you already know that you have a lot of choices in terms of door design and materials. There is a strong trend toward carriage house doors and natural wood materials. Many manufactures will help you design wooden garage doors that will accent your home with woods natural beauty. In terms of garage doors pricing they can be expensive with some exceeding $5000. Natural all wooden garage doors do require a higher degree of maintenance and are subject to warping. In general all wood doors do not have the strength of metal garage doors.
Probably a smarter option is to install a metal garage door that has an exterior layer of wood. The major benefit of this type of door comes from the fact that a garage door with panels framed with steel are stronger and more secure. In addition the new metal garage doors can be insulated to a higher R-value than an all wood door. However you will still have to spend more time maintaining the exterior wood surfaces just like you wood on all wooden garage doors.
One of the best garage door designs on the market includes a multi layer metal panel that includes two or more galvanized 25 gauge steel or stronger layers that sandwich 2 inches of polyurethane foam between them. When these panels are married together with a shiplap style joints you end up with a strong, quiet and very energy efficient garage door. These doors do not warp as a result of moisture and temperature and as a result have a higher level of operational reliability. Basically this means that your automatic garage door opener is not going wear out as quickly.
If you live in an area that is subject to high wind risk from tropical storms or hurricanes then a metal garage door can provide you with to protection necessary to keep your family and home safe from destruction. Metal high wind garage doors that meet the Miami-Dade wind code will provide you will as much as 150 mile per hour protection. Engineering studies conducted after severe hurricanes show that once you lose your garage door in a storm it is only a matter of minutes until you lose the roof of your home. A high wind code garage door may make the difference between losing your home and your life and survival. Installing this type of door will in many cases reduce your insurance costs as well.
A good quality steel garage door will have very little maintenance. You can purchase a garage door that has a finish that only needs to be occasionally washed off to keep it looking good. Doors with new composite exteriors are extremely tough and durable. No matter what kind of metal garage doors you decide to install they will outlast just about any wooden garage doors.
Spending time on the Internet will help you to the best garage doors for your home. A visit to the local home improvement store such as Home Depot will also provide a good deal of information. If you are handy with tools they can also help install a metal garage doors yourself. We feel that these metal doors are the best option available for the majority of new home


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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

What To Look For In A Garage Door



The Garage takes up a large portion of the fa├žade of the house yet for some reason, it's one of the most overlooked design features. From style to efficiency there is lots to consider when updating your garage - here's what to look for. Distributed by Tubemogul.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Monday, September 5, 2016

Kasey Kahne - My Garage Firsts



Kasey Kahne
Driver of the No. 5 LiftMaster Chevrolet

Throughout the year, we are welcoming guest bloggers to talk to you about stories in their lives and in their home. Today we are excited to welcome driver of the No. 5 LiftMaster Chevrolet Kasey Kahne.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Amarr Steel Carriage House Door Collections



Amarr's innovative, first-to-market Carriage House garage doors brings long-lasting innovation and beauty that's sure to please a homeowner.