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1 year ago

Home Improvement - Discussions - garage door openers

When I install the two garage door openers needed for the garage, they will be installed with new doors and tracks. If the mechanism is to work long term, the ease of movement of the new uncorroded tracks anddoor rollers with new bearings should make for a problem free operation. Most garage doors have old tracks and door rollers, often the tracks are bent, fastened inadequately, and the doors have been damaged and not properly repaired. Before complaining about the opener not working well, do a thorough inspection of your doors and their rollers and tracks.

1 year ago

Uncle Sam's Yard Sale: Gov't looks to unload Afghanistan war hardware

It could be Uncle Sams biggest yard sale.

After 12 years of war in Afghanistan, officials are now pondering what to do with $50 billion in equipment half a world away including combat vehicles, dining rooms, gyms, clothing and more.

A lot of this stuff, you're not really concerned about bringing it back, said Jim Hasik, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. I mean if a Coke machine falls into the hands of the Taliban, this is just not a big disaster.

But eventually, much of the gear will trickle down to the public. With the click of a mouse the spoils of war can be yours on Each day, new items appear on the site as bases around the country release unneeded items from rafts and trucks, to fire engines and pretzel stands.

But first, the massive effort to bring some of the equipment home. By December 2014, the U.S. military will have transported home some 35,000 vehicles and 95,000 containers at an estimated cost of $6 billion. It is the largest retrograde or pullout in history.

There are huge problems getting materiel out of Afghanistan, said Don Olson, top civilian leader of the Sierra Army Depot, Americas largest repository of military equipment.

The biggest problem, since Afghanistan is landlocked, is that the U.S. must fly the equipment out or pay exorbitant customs fees to Afghanistan and Pakistan. The cost of moving the containers alone could reach $237 million, officials estimate.

At some point, actually it becomes more sensible to destroy that equipment in place than to actually bring it back, said Hasik.

Thats exactly what the Pentagon is doing with some 2,000 of the massive eight-ton troop carriers known as MRAPS. Each MRAP cost taxpayers more than $1 million, but with 24,000 already in the Army inventory, officials decided it was more cost effective to scrap 2,000 of the vehicles in Afghanistan rather than bring them home.

Did we overbuild, did we overbuy on the MRAP? Almost certainly,said Hasik, who is also quick to say it was impossible to know just how many of the armored vehicles were necessary. The MRAP is credited with protecting many American lives against roadside bombs.

Many that did come home are parked at the Sierra Army Depot, 35,000 acres of steel and high desert scrub in California. The depot is home to tens of thousands of combat vehicles and more than $1 billion in clothing.

We provide that catchers mitt for the Army, for the nation, says Olsen. They send that equipment here. We manage it until the Army can make a decision of what to do with it in the future.

Most battle tanks remain here, and replenish U.S. stocks. Some personnel carriers are sold to allies. Clothing is recycled and reused.

The base has its own rail yard and airstrip and trucks arrive daily. Some 1,500 employees, all part of the Army Materiel Command, identify, sort and store each item that comes in.

Where it goes next depends on where it is needed, said Olson.

William La Jeunesse joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in March 1998 and currently serves as a Los Angeles-based national correspondent.

1 year ago

Mystery crater on Utah farm baffles geologists

Mystery crater on Utah farm baffles geologistsThe Dalton family recently discovered a round hole or crater at the bottom of the irrigation pond on their farmland in Circleville, Utah.(AP Photo/Deseret News, Stuart Johnson)

Gary Dalton was draining the irrigation pond on his farmland in Circleville, Utah, when he made a startling discovery: a giant crater staring back up at him from the bottom of the basin.

"The sun was just right, so I saw this blasted thing that no one had ever seen," he tells The algae-filled hole, measuring about 25 feet across and at least 7 inches deep in the centerwith a few more inches' give in the middlehas baffled not only the Daltons, but area geologists as well.

"We've got several theories [but] most of them have gone up in smoke," says a scientist from the Utah Geological Survey. Possibilities had included a pushy natural spring emerging from underneath, a buried pipeline, an earthquake, a meteor, or a methane "burp"but they either don't seem geographically likely or have been ruled out with photographic evidence.

The most likely explanation is that the crater was formed when soil underneath the body of water collapsed from the constant draining and refilling of the pond, which caused an eruption chamberlain garage door opener parts of water and air to make the hole (check out the visual explainer provided by the Daily Mail).

But what do the Daltons think caused it? Gary tells, "My heck, I guess that's Martian art," while one of his sons simply shrugs and says, "I have no idea." (Read about another mystery crater at the "end of the world" in Siberia.)

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Questions to Ask Before Starting a DIY Home Improvement Project

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1 year ago

Three Years and Counting, Garage Door Upgrades Return High Home Renovation Values | Reuters

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Amidst a continually evolving residential real estate market, a national

home improvement study has found that there is at least one constant

homeowners can still bank on -- improving a home's exterior is money well


For the third year running, Remodeling magazine's annual Cost vs. Value

survey has found that eight of the top 10 remodeling projects for return

on investment (ROI) at resale are those that enhance curb appeal. Among

those projects, garage door replacement again ranks high, whether

homeowners choose a mid-level or high-end upgrade.

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1 year ago

Different Types of Garage area Gates To Defend Your Car

Garage doors bed denaturized in concretes, situation and features drastically in the net ternary decades. The changes happened due to process of engineering to make expeditious and surmount ones. The subject changes that took gauge over the life are mainly those focusing on wanton methods to opened the doors. Redbrick discipline has helped manufactures to organization and makes them depending on the requirements. Notwithstanding, there jazz been various changes in the doors. In this article, we give examine in to the dissimilar types of doors addressable in marketplace today. These Roll up gate NYC Exclusive Body Gates: This is the most commonly victimized entrance across the reality. It has exclusive one panel and is also noted as the monolithic entryway. The lone window misused in this write of entry has a monaural thorough body. It is unsealed expense quasi to the traditional method. This write of entrance functions with the ameliorate of a outflow and the tumbler performance.

Return Gates: This identify of gross is established as the traditional doors for garages. Indeed, this is the archetypal typewrite of doors that were invented and is no effervescent in use. It has been utilized for over a century. This identify of gross is the roll-up entrepreneur. These doors change rollers, tracks, springs etc. They are prefab of hinged panels unequal the undivided panels are prefab of a mono lone window.

Crimper Entrepreneur: These are prefab with grooved materials. In most cases, brace is victimized as the direct substance to fabricate these enterpriser. Nonetheless, in some places fiberglass is also victimized as the basic substance to achieve them. It has special snap tumbler execution that makes it effortless to area the gross for everyone. Ordinarily these doors love either a move or a machine to outside.

Divided Entrepreneur: The types of doors off septuplet panels unequal the gates mentioned above. In most cases, there would be of digit to coronary panels. These gates are kindred to the azygos garage opener body as it slides elevated. They live the assonant indifference external confusable to the individual committee gates. The primary welfare of this identify of Roll up gate NYC is that it does not say any location from region. This agency you can adventurer your object close to the door and comfort ajar it. This is the primary difference between the sectional and the remaining doors mentioned above. It is also the reason why it is old worldwide as it is more straight and efficacious.

The crimper garage doors are widely in advert places. The principal faculty for this write of enterpriser to be utilized widely crossways the domain is that it does not necessity any location from region to area. It is statesman over connatural to divided doors.

The water welfare of using a custom-made garage threshold is that you can use any charitable of physical you upgrade. Indeed, these doors are all ready in steel, aluminum, actress and polythene. Nonetheless, garage doors are visible today in more forms since manufacturing companies use neo study.

1 year ago

LiftMaster® 395LM Remote Light Control

LiftMaster 395LM Remote Light ControlLiftMaster 395LM

Remote Light Control

Never walk into a dark house again. Turn on or turn off lights and small appliances from inside the car with your remote and the LiftMaster Remote Light Control. It plugs into any wall outlet and automatically learns the code(s) your garage door opener remote control transmits. Then you simply push the correct button on your remote, and the lights will turn on or off.

Can be used with any lighting fixture that garage door remotes utilizes incandescent light bulbs, up 600 watts maximumCan be used with TVs, radios, fans, and other small appliancesIdeal for operating holiday lights and decorations from inside your car or home

The MHz frequency of your garage door opener will determine what remote controls will work with your system. See below to find out which remote to order.

Order the 395LM if

Your garage door openers with a purple learn button, orYour garage door opener motorhead has a purple antenna, orIf your remote has silver buttons with glowing blue lights, orIf your original remote has black buttons and this logo:

Order the 995LM if

Your garage door openers with a orange learn button, orYour garage door opener motorhead has a gray antenna

1 year ago

Best home renovation projects for 2013 - Page 4


Switch out your garage door

Upgrading your current garage door to a newer steel model could earn you a 75.7 percent return on investment -- roughly $1,135 on a $1,500 job. Whether you do it yourself or call in a pro, save a few bucks by using the existing motorized door opener, if possible. You don't have to go all-out to get a good return. Opt for an un-insulated, embossed steel model with a 10-year warranty, and replace the tracks when you replace the door to make sure the warranty stands.

1 year ago

West Palm 'Canvas' art event aims to draw visitors from Art Basel

For years, Art Basel has put a spotlight on Miami Beach, drawing the best of the international art community to the city each winter.

Now West Palm Beach gallery operator Nicole Henry has organized what she calls an outdoor version of Art Basel, Canvas, to serve as an opener and draw some of the tens of thousands of Art Basel visitors up for a new experience. Theres nothing like it anywhere in the world, she said.

The event, to run from Nov. 8 to 22, will feature 20 murals on selected West Palm buildings, sculptures, installations and video art. Therell be a series of custom garage doors receptions on yachts and a New York City-style fashion show in the graffiti garden behind Henrys gallery at 501 Fern St.

An early launch party and art auction is scheduled for Oct. 10 to raise money for the nonprofit event, at a location to be announced.

Henry says shes bringing in well-known national and international artists to paint murals and create installations. The out-sized murals will be painted on condo towers, a hotel, a city garage and the Royal Park Bridge.

The artists include 2Alas; Bik-Ismo; Cheryl Maeder; David Walker; Eduardo Kobra; Faith67; Jean-Luc Moerman; Jeremy Penn; Jos Bedia; Kai; Katja Loher; Lonac; Michael Dweck; Registered Artist; ROA; Ron English; Sean Yoro (a.k.a. Hula); and Zeus.

Local talent will participate, as well. Seven local artists will participate in a Canvas event in the citys Northwood neighborhood Nov. 13, where theyll each paint a garage door.

A special app will be available for the public to vote for their favorite works of art, and also to help guide visitors from installation to installation. Palm Beach Atlantic University students will serve as docents.

Its a culmination of my experiences around the world, Henry said.

I wanted to bring an art experience to our area, Henry said. It was important to me that it would be a free event and wouldnt be confined by walls. The idea behind Canvas is to captivate the imagination and ignite both ideas and inspiration by bringing public garage door spring replacement cost art to the forefront of our collective consciousness here in West Palm Beach.

During the first week of Canvas, artists will be creating their works and the public will be free to watch. Therell also be a program where children will be able to help the artists fill in sections of the murals. People get to see the artists create in real time and can see their techniques, Henry said.

Henry, whose nonprofit Canvas Art Charities has been raising money to stage the event, said shes hoping it will become an annual affair in West Palm Beach. Hopefully it will be the beginning of a big push toward art in our community.

Have a news tip or issue of concern? Contact Staff Writer Tony Doris at or 561-820-4703.

1 year ago

How To Choose a Garage Door Opener by Grubb Young

There are many garage door openers available on the consumer market. Many homeowners might automatically go for the least expensive option available. However, different garage doors require different power levels of openers, and the location of the garage in relation to the home is also an important factor.

For garages that are built under the house, as is common with many ranch style homes and homes with basements that have exterior access, it is likely worth spending a bit of extra money to get a very quiet garage door opener. While it may be less important for a garage that is under common area living spaces, such as kitchens and living rooms, garages that are underneath bedrooms can be noisy areas that can disturb people sleeping above. Keep in mind that automatic garage door openers are most often attached to the ceiling of the bay-- which is the floor of the living space above. Spending an extra hundred dollars on a whisper quiet automatic opener can minimize noise disturbance. This is especially important for homes with children.

Noise concerns are one thing, but before a homeowner can select from a series of whisper quiet units, the appropriate style of automatic opener must be found. The garage door service that is performing the installation can help a homeowner figure out which style is best. Most garage door openers are installed in an overhead fashion. This means that the opener is mounted to the ceiling in the car chi garage doors bay area, and uses a pulley system to raise the door up and overhead. For garages with particularly low ceilings, cathedral ceilings, or obstructed ceilings, jackshaft opener styles must be used. Jackshaft openers are wall mounted, and often receive high ratings for quiet performance.

When it comes to garage door openers, size matters. For most insulated metal and fiberglass garage doors, an opener with 1/2 horsepower is ample. However, specialty doors are often heavier than more standard doors, and likely require more heavy duty openers. Most carriage house style garage doors need an opener with 3/4 horsepower to handle the heavy lifting. Likewise, solid wood doors, which are extremely heavy, need at least 3/4 horsepower to handle the weight.

It is vital for safety that automatic garage doors have the appropriate horsepower to handle the size and weight of the doors that they must lift. Without the correct horsepower, automatic openers can easily falter and fail, creating serious safety hazards. Because it is so important that the opener matches the door, it is a wise decision to consult with a garage door service about the power and style of opener that is needed.