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Celebrate Spring with Garage Door Safety Tips (and a Giveaway!)

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Can you believe that it's Spring already? That means lots of yardwork, chores, and maintenance duties around our 4-acre farm. But you don't have to have chickens and a big yard to feel the pressure of everything that needs to be done. In fact, you may already be so busy that you've forgotten some very important DIY details!

Your garage door is an important part of your life, even though you probably rarely think about it. Most people don’t give their garage door a second thought – until something breaks. Repairs can be expensive – especially if you haven’t taken the time to find a trusted professional to make those repairs.



We've teamed up with GarageDoorCare.com to tell you about a free three-step program to help homeowners achieve Garage Door Peace-of-Mind in 2016. Follow these simple tips to avoid expensive headaches down the road!

1. Lubricate your garage door twice a year (it’s easier than you think).

Most homeowners have never lubricated their garage door, leading to creaks and other strange noises. By going to GarageDoorCare.com  That’s why you may hear squeaks and groans. Over time, that could lead to trouble. But lubricating a garage door is easy. A quick visit to GarageDoorCare.com will show you how to lubricate the door, rollers and hinges, and save you big money down the road!

2. Sign up for a free twice-a-year email garage door lubrication reminder

The International Door Association (IDA), a worldwide trade association of garage door and access professionals – and the sponsor of GarageDoorCare.com – invites consumers to register for twice-a-year emails that will remind them that it’s time to lubricate the garage door. And signing up doesn’t mean a flood of emails or sales calls. Two simple emails a year… that’s all.

3. Find a trusted, local garage door pro well in advance of a problem

When your garage door stops working you’ll need a professional. It’s not something a homeowner should try to repair themselves – a garage door is the largest and heaviest moving object in a home, and can cause severe injuries or even death if damaged or misused. That’s when identifying a pro well ahead of time will pay off.  GarageDoorCare.com offers a “Find a Qualified Professional” page through which homeowners can find experienced, local garage door service and repair businesses that are IDA members committed to operating their businesses by the IDA Code of Business Conduct.

Visit the GarageDoorCare.com site for more info on how to keep your garage door in perfect working order!

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  1. Tip: Keep your garage door properly maintained to keep it operating safely via an annual maintenance checkup by a trained service technician.

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  2. I went to their site and I learned that you can sign up for maintenance email reminders. I also learned that they list ten safety tips for garage doors and children.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  3. I learned that I should have a pro check my door annually and make sure nothing is blocking the rollers.

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  4. Do a monthly door balance test.

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  5. Lubricate your garage door twice a year.

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  6. I never thought about the garage door opener being an appliance.

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  7. If you have children, you should also take some time to teach them that the garage door and its operating system are not playthings.

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  8. Never walk or stand under a moving garage door.

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  9. get sensors on your door to keep from accidents happening

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  10. I learned that the garage door is typically the largest moving object in your home, never actually though about it like that and you should teach young one the door is not a play item as it can be dangerous.

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  11. . The push button wall control for a garage door operating system should be mounted at least five feet off the floor, out of the reach of children.

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  12. I learned that you need to have someone come and check my doors and I can sign up for emails to remind me

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  13. One tip I learned is to do a Semi-annual lubrication. Apply a small amount of spray lubricant to the door’s hinges, rollers and tracks.

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  14. Do a monthly reversing mechanism test (if your door is equipped with an automatic opener system).

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  15. i learned to give you kids a lesson in garage door safety, great idea.

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  16. I learned that the garage door opener uses electricity, which can shock or kill if mishandled.

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  17. These tips were all great, since this is something I never even thought about! The tip I like the most is that I can, and will, sign up for a free twice-a-year email garage door lubrication reminder! This is good since its one less thing I have to remind my husband, the email can remind him for me!

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  18. I learned that you should never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables because they are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death.
    mcfallsk8er[at]aim[dot]com

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  19. I learned you should lubricate the door twice a year.

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  20. My favorite tip is to never work on your own garage door springs or cables - they are under a great deal of pressure!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  21. I wasn't aware you needed to lubricate it twice a year! Great to know!

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  22. Lubricate your garage door twice a year.

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  23. I learned that 2xs a year I need to lubricate my doors

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  24. I learned that to keep your garage door properly maintained and it operating safely, I need to get an annual maintenance checkup by a trained service technician.

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  25. I learned never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables.

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  26. If someone has backed into the garage door-have the door inspected and/or repaired by a trained service technician

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  27. I learned that you should do a monthly door balance test.

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  28. I learned that if you have children, you should also take some time to teach them that the garage door and its operating system are not playthings.Thanks.

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  29. I learned that if someone has back into your garage door, even if it does not appear damaged, have it checked! The operating system may have become misaligned and wear prematurely which could be dangerous!

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  30. Locate a garage door repairman before you need one.

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  31. The garage door and garage door opener are not toys.

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  32. I learned to do a monthly visual inspection for safety reasons

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  33. I learned to do Semi-annual lubrication. Apply a small amount of spray lubricant to the door’s hinges, rollers and tracks.

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  34. I read to teach your family about how it works for safety reasons
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  35. We don't have a garage, but I will pass this info along to my best friend because, come to think of it, her garage door does make funny noises when it opens and closes.

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  36. Visited the site and I learned Adults should not allow children access to the remote controls or push button wall controls for garage door opener systems; these should be kept out of reach of children. The push button wall control for a garage door operating system should be mounted at least five feet off the floor, out of the reach of children. Learn more about garage door safety for children.

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  37. Annual maintenance by a trained service technician is recommended.That there are monthly and annual inspections that should be done with some testing.

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  38. Never thought to sign up for a reminder to lube the doors. I guess it makes sense though. We actually have a different problem. We put a bike lock through the chain on one side of the door to secure it... and lost the key to the lock. So we have a different issue when it comes time to start taking care of our door.

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  39. I learned that you should lubricate the door, rollers and hinges twice a year.

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  40. I learned that annual maintenance by a trained service technician is recommended.

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  41. I learned you should Lubricate your garage door twice a year

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  42. I like the tip to do a monthly force setting test.

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  43. I learned that service should be performed by a trained service technician.

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  44. I learned that doors equipped with openers uses electricity, can shock or kill someone if not handled properly

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  45. I learned that I should lubricate your garage door twice a year.

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  46. I learned that newer, insulated garage doors even help save energy.

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  47. I learned that you should lubricate your Garage Door twice a year.

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  48. If you have children, you should also take some time to teach them that the garage door and its operating system are not playthings.
    This is really important and to keep the opener OUT of theeir hands it isnt a toy

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  49. You should have your garage doors maintained and checked yearly.

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  50. I learned to never stand or walk under a moving garage door.

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  51. Never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables is what I learned.

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  52. One of my favorite maintenance tips is “Semi-annual lubrication. Apply a small amount of spray lubricant to the door’s hinges, rollers and tracks.”

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  53. The push button wall control for a garage door operating system should be mounted at least five feet off the floor

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  54. Did not know to lubricate the door twice a year

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  55. Lubricate garage door twice a year

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  56. Do a monthly photo eye test (if your door is equipped with an automatic opener system).

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  57. I learned that the new insulated doors help save energy.

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  58. I learned that if you have children, you should also take some time to teach them that the garage door and its operating system are not playthings.Thank you.

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  59. It’s a good idea to have your door checked annually by a qualified service technician to ensure that it continues to work properly and effectively.

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  60. I learned that I need to Do a monthly door balance test.

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  61. You should get sensors on your door to keep from accidents happening.

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  62. Wow. Never knew that you should care for your garage. I learned that you should lube your garage twice a year. Thanks so much for the great tips.

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  63. I learned you should have the garage door checked annually.

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  64. Teacher kids about garage door safety

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  66. Do a Monthly Reverse Mechanism test by placing a board under the door to see if it opens back up

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  67. I read that they will help you find a certified dealer in your area.

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  68. I like the maintenance tip: Monthly door balance test. If your door is equipped with an automatic opener system: close the door and disconnect the automatic opener. Once you are able to lift the door manually: Lift the door. It should lift smoothly with little resistance and should remain fully open. If it is difficult to open or does not remain open, the door may be out of balance and should be serviced by a trained service technician.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  69. I should lubricate my garage door twice a year

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  70. Learned to do a monthly eye photo test -With the door fully open, push your garage door opener’s transmitter or wall button to close the door. Wave a long object, such as a broomstick, in front of one of the door’s photo eyes so it “breaks the beam.” The door should reverse.

    If it does not reverse and reopen, pull the broomstick out of the path of the closing door. Close the door. With the door in the closed position, clean the photo eyes with a soft, dry cloth. Gently adjust the photo eyes by hand if they appear to be out of alignment. Open the door and repeat the photo eye test. If the door does not reverse and reopen, the door should be serviced by a trained service technician.

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  71. it's a good point not to allow children access to the remote controls even if they want it

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  72. Another great tip is you can sign up for a free twice-a-year email garage door lubrication reminder.

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  73. A good tip I learned - Children should never be allowed to play with the garage door or its operating system.
    thank you

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  74. I learned that you need to do a monthly door balance test.

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  75. I learned that there are monthly and annual inspections that should be done with some testing. Annual maintenance by a trained service technician is recommended.
    deannankeller@yahoo.com

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  76. that you need to lube your garage door twice a year

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  77. I learned that the push button wall control for a garage door operating system should be mounted at least five feet off the floor, out of the reach of children

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  78. I learned that you should have a professional come check out the garage at least once a year.

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  79. You should lubricate the garage door twice a year.

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  80. I learned that you should never stand or walk under a moving garage door. Never try to enter or exit the garage by racing under a moving garage door.

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  81. You should have your door checked annually by a qualified service technician

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  82. I learned to do a Semi-annual lubrication. Apply a little bit of spray lubricant to the door’s hinges, rollers and tracks. Thanks.

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  83. Do a monthly force setting test (if your door is equipped with an automatic opener system).

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  84. I learned that you shouldn't leave your garage door opener in your car.

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  85. Do a door balance test every month to make sure garage door is balanced.

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  86. Spring repair and replacement should be done by professionals

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  87. I learned that adding lubricant twice a year can help maintain proper motion.

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  88. I learned you should Lubricate your garage door twice a year

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  89. A very good tip: "Never stand or walk under a moving garage door. Never try to enter or exit the garage by racing under a moving garage door."

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  90. Lubricate the door the garage door twice a year and never walk under a moving door.

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  91. I learned that you can sign up for maintenance email reminders

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  92. Make sure that children understand that the garage door and the garage door opener are not toys.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  93. I learned you should lubricate the door twice a year.

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  94. I learned that you should do a semi-annual lubrication.

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  95. I like the tip to get door sensors. Brittney House

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  96. 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.

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  97. I learned that it's a good idea to have your garage door checked manually by a qualified service tech - and it's something I never would have thought about!

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  98. I learned never to attempt to repair the garage doors.

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  99. That the garage is the largest moving object in homes.

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  100. Do the monthly door balance test.

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  101. I learned that your garage door opener uses electricity, which can shock or kill if mishandled.

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  102. I learned to do a Semi-annual lubrication. Apply a little bit of spray lubricant to the door’s hinges, rollers and tracks. Thank you.

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  103. Make sure nothing is blocking the rollers on your garage door.

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  104. I read that you never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables. These are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury. These are best repaired by a trained service technician.

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  105. Tip I learned-Never walk or stand under a moving garage door!

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  106. I learned that you should make sure nothing is blocking the rollers on your garage door.

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  107. I learned you should lubricate your garage door twice a year. Thank you

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  108. I learned about the DOOR SAFE principles to help kids remember.

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  109. I learened to keep the garage door properly maintained to keep it operating safely with annual maintenance.

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  110. You should lubricate the garage door twice a year. I did not know this.

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  111. Remember that your garage door opener uses electricity, which can shock or kill if mishandled. Service should be performed by a trained service technician.

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  112. never work on your own garage door springs or cables - they are under a great deal of pressure!

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  113. I learned to do a twice yearly lubricaton to keep things running smoothly.

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  114. I learned that you should do a Semi-annual lubrication. Apply a little bit of spray lubricant to the door’s hinges, rollers and tracks. Thank you.

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  115. I learned you should lubricate your garage door twice a year.

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  116. I learned that it is important to properly perform routine maintenance on your garage door system.

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  117. Sensors on your door will prevent accidents

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  118. I learned that I need to do a Reverse Door test every month to make sure that if anything gets under door it automatically goes up. This is a safety measure.

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  119. I learned that you should perform a door balance test each month
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com
    Ashley C

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  120. If your garage door is backed into or damaged....it is best to have someone to come on and look at it and not take for granted it going to be ok.

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  121. I learned you have to lubricate garage doors twice a year....which means I have been doing it half as often as I should

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  122. I like the tip to tighten the parts.

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  123. A good way to remember to lubricate your garage doors twice a year is to do it when the time changes.

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  124. lubricating your garage door 2 times a year is a great tip. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  125. Lubricating the doors 2 times a year is a really good tip!

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  126. I like: Lubricating the doors 2 times a year

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  127. Never walk or stand under a moving garage door

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  128. Do not let children or pets around a moving door it is very dangerous.

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  129. you should do a door balance test monthly

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  130. Common sense but you should never stand under a moving garage door.

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  131. to do a monthly door balance test is very helpful

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  132. A big tip is to Never walk or stand under a moving garage door.

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  133. never let kids play with the garage remote

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  134. I learned that you should never replace the springs by yourself, let a technician do that because of the tension!

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  135. I learned that it is a good idea to find a trusted, local garage door pro well before there is a problem.

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  136. The garage door and garage door opener are not toys. They are dangerous if misused, and can cause serious injury or even death.

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  137. I learned this tip:
    Never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables. These are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death. These are best repaired by a trained service technician.

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  138. If you have children, you should also take some time to teach them that the garage door and its operating system are not playthings.

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  139. I learned that it is wise to have the door checked at least once a year by a certified technician.

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  140. Lubricating the doors 2 times a year

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  141. Lubricate your garage door twice a year.

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  142. I learned that sensors are essential to protect kids, animals, property and you! It 'sees' if these is something in the way before it closes ll the way down.

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  143. If you accidentally back into the garage door make sure a trained technician inspects it. Damage may not be visible, but the garage door could become misaligned.

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  144. When opening or closing the garage door, always keep the door in view until the door is fully opened or fully closed.

    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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  145. Leaving the remote control to your garage door operator in your automobile can be an invitation to a thief

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  146. Have sensors on your garage door to prevent accidents.

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  147. Do a monthly reversing mechanism test (if your door is equipped with an automatic opener system).

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  148. I learned that you should NEVER try fixing anything on the springs by yourself. Great tip!

    coriwestphal at gmail dot com

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  149. I like the tip to make sure yo do Semi-annual lubrication on your door.

    rtrexel@gmail.com

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  150. Don't let your kids play with the garage door.

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  151. One tip I learned is to do a Semi-annual lubrication. You apply a small amount of spray lubricant to the door’s hinges, rollers and tracks.

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  152. Get an annual inspection by a professional.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  153. I learned that you should always have your door checked annually by a qualified service technician.
    Laurie Emerson
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

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  154. lubricate your garage door twice a year.

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  155. Always use a professional. Some of the parts on a garage door can be very dangerous. If it has springs those can kill as they are under pressure.

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  156. I learned that you should always do a Semi-annual lubrication. Apply a little bit of spray lubricant to the door’s hinges, rollers and tracks. Thank you.

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  157. I learned one must check the surroundings of the roller tracks.

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  158. I found out that I need to get sensors on my door to keep from accidents happening.

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  159. I also learned that you should do a monthly door balance test.

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  160. I learned that annual maintenance by a trained service technician is recommended

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  161. You should have sensors on your doors to prevent accidents. (jozywails@gmail.com)

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  162. I learned that you should have it checked annually.

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  163. One tip that I learned from the site was that it's wise to have a trained service technician perform annual maintenance on your garage door. Email: cuse_softie(at)yahoo.com

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  164. I learned that you should never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables because they are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death.

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  165. I learned that you should lubricate the door, rollers and hinges twice a year.

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  166. Have sensors on your garage door to prevent accidents.

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  167. I liked that GarageDoorCare.com shows you how to lubricate the door, rollers and hinges to save you money down the road.

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  168. I learned that I should do a semi-annual lubrication using a small amount of spray lubricant to the door’s hinges, rollers and tracks
    Janinep

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  169. A great tip is to always keep the door in view when opening or closing the garage door, until the door is fully opened or closed! Be certain that no adults, children or animals try to enter or exit while the door is closing! This one really stands out to me because years ago we had our family cat crushed in our garage door. It was awful!

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  170. To Find a trusted, local garage door pro well in advance of a problem and lubricate your door twice a year.

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  171. I got some great tips two that I liked are lubricating twice a year and signing up for reminders on when to do maintenance!

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  172. I learned that safety just as important at home as away. My sister had a pet dog get injured by a garage door. I forwarded the article to her, as I do not have a garage at the present time.

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  173. Children need to be taught that the garage door is not a toy and should not be played with.

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  174. The garage door opener uses electricity, which can shock or kill if mishandled.

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  175. you should do a monthly door balance test

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  176. I learned that I need to lubricate the doors 2 times/year.

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  177. GarageDoorCare.com offers a “Find a Qualified Professional” page through which homeowners can find experienced, local garage door service and repair businesses that are IDA members committed to operating their businesses by the IDA Code of Business Conduct.

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  178. You should perform a monthly reversing mechanism test on your garage door, especially if you have small children !

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  179. I learned that you should find a trusted local garage door pro well in advance of a problem.
    Laurie Emerson
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

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  180. I learned that you should have your door checked annually by a qualified service technician

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  181. I learned I should lubricate the door twice a year.

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  182. I learned only a professional should attempt to service a garage door . They are very heavy and if spring loaded you could get hurt badly.

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  183. The garage door is typically the largest moving object in your home. Properly maintained and operated, a garage door and its operating system allow you, your family and your vehicles convenient access to and from your home. They also provide security and protect against the elements. Newer, insulated garage doors even help save energy.

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