How To Childproof Your Garage

The garage can be a fun place for kids. There are toys, tools, bugs, places to hide, and more. Unfortunately, the garage can be a downright dangerous place for kids. No matter the age of your kids you might consider assessing your garage for its safety. This time of year is exactly the right moment to make your garage a little safer as you complete your spring cleaning. You’ll be clearing out grime and dirt and snowblowers, so take a few extra minutes to childproof that garage to keep your children safe.

1. Test the Sensor

Try tripping the sensor line when the garage door is descending. Does it immediately stop? Or does it take a few seconds? Does it work all the way across the garage? If you are noticing any issues with your garage door sensor, Garage Door Man can repair or tune-up with just a phone call. Another thing to test is the accessibility of the garage door opener and any manual toggles. Can your kids reach the garage door opener by themselves? If so, you might want to consider moving the garage door opener or tying up any dangling parts so that kids can’t access any parts of the garage.

2. Lock Anything Large

One of the most frequent ways kids get hurt in a garage is by climbing into large objects that open. Suffocation, getting stuck, pinching, and falling in or out of these opening objects can be very dangerous. This means cars should be locked, and childproofing locks should be placed on fridges, washing machines, dryers, containers, or cabinets. Not only do you want to discourage climbing, but you also want to be sure that kids don’t get stuck inside any of these objects.

3. Store Smart

Where do you keep chemicals and heavy tools? Too many parents store them on the floor or on a low bench, or even hanging from hooks within children’s reach. Just because your kids have never tried to play with these dangerous items, doesn’t mean they won’t in the future. All it takes is one day of boredom, or a new neighbor venturing into the garage with them to inspire a game with the garden hose as a sword or mixing up colorful bottles of who knows what. Instead, take some time to hang a high shelf or two in your garage for storing chemicals, any dangerous tools, and anything else that you don’t want your kids getting into.

Your spring cleaning should include careful inspection of your garage to keep everyone in your home safe and to protect your important equipment. If you need help assuring the safety and effectiveness of your garage door, call Garage Door Man. We can provide repairs, tune-ups, upgrades, and general consultations for your garage door needs. Whether you’re concerned about a clunky garage door or considering a more modern and effective garage door, we stand ready to help you with any garage door questions or concerns.


How To Spring Clean Your Garage

As we look forward to spring, our thoughts turn to ditching that winter grime that builds up in colder weather. Our poor garages often take the brunt, housing the cars that cruise in caked in muddy slush and ice, and enduring the rock salt, snow blowers, and dirty boots. When you start to get more rainy days than snowy ones, it’s time to start looking at your garage so you can find those gardening tools when you’re ready.

Garage Door Man is passionate about making your garages beautiful AND functional, so today we’re sharing a foolproof way to tackle your spring cleaning with your garage. Grab a notepad and let’s get started.

  1. Think About It. When was the last time you truly thought about your garage? Is it meeting your needs? What is it primarily used for? Spring is a great time to change the way you furnish and use your garage to better meet your needs. For example, if you keep using your garage space as a workshop for your handyman experiments, maybe it’s time to invest in a bona fide workbench. Or maybe your kids are getting increasingly involved in sports and you really need more storage space for all of their gear in your garage. Spend some time identifying needs and problem spots.
  2. Empty. Keep an eye on the weather and wait for the warmest day yet. Pull your cars out of the garage and start emptying the space. Throw away everything you can, and categorize the rest on your yard or in your driveway.
  3. Clean. While your spouse or family organizes and cleans the garage items (washing coats, reorganizing toolboxes), set to work sweeping your garage floor. Don’t forget to tackle spiderwebs in all corners of your garage and the garage door track and mechanism. Spray it out with a power washer or hose attachment.
  4. Optimize. A fresh coat of paint can work wonders in your garage, especially if it’s just untouched drywall. Invest in wall hooks, shelves, or hanging storage that will help you get the most out of your garage. Could adding windows to your garage door or walls benefit your garage activities? What about a smart garage door opener or security features? Take the steps now to make your garage work even harder for you.
  5. Checkup. Are your locks working? Any cracks in your floor? Is your garage door working? Does it glide smoothly along the track? Is it loud or clunky? Before you move everything back in, assess the garage space and features. Now is a great time to replace the batteries in your garage door opener and inspect the moving elements of your garage door system. If you would like a professional to come perform a simple checkup on your garage door system or to consult about your garage door needs (new styles, windows, etc.) Garage Door Man is the perfect place to start.

We wish you luck in your spring cleaning and stand ready to help you tackle your garage needs.


Winter Garage Door Problems

You may forget what a luxury your garage door is until you have to park your car outside overnight in the dead of winter. If you’ve ever come out to your car on a bright January morning to find your car under a frozen sheet of snow, you understand the terror it can cause. You’re late for work, skin stinging from icy air, and you realize you’re not going anywhere. How much is this going to cost?

Possibly even worse is realizing that your garage door, the thing that is supposed to protect you from the winter woes, isn’t functioning properly. You rely on your garage door, and may not even think about it. But suddenly when your car is trapped with a malfunctioning door you realize how desperate it can make you.

Possible Garage Door Problems and Solutions

  1. Remote Batteries – you’d be surprised how often this is the reason your garage door isn’t opening. The good news is that it’s an easy fix. Figure out today what kind of batteries your garage door remote uses and keep some on hand. When your garage door refuses to open, try changing the batteries in your remote first before seeking other solutions.
  2. Power Outage – If the power goes out at your home, you simply need to manually lift the door. You do this by disconnecting your garage door from the lift mechanism. This can vary from a garage door to another garage door, but usually, there is a cord or chain with a red button or handle to pull. This will allow you to lift the door manually to pull your car out. Learn how to do this when there are no problems and then you’ll be ready to do it by flashlight sometime when things are a little messier.
  3. Motor Out – If you have tried to change the batteries to no avail, but you can still easily lift the door manually it means that your motor has gone out. Unfortunately, it’s not something you can fix by yourself. But it is something that is easy to fix with time and the right technician. Give Garage Door Man a call and we can fix it in a jiffy.
  4. Springs or Gunk – If you can’t get your garage door to lift there could be a couple of problems. Broken springs are incredibly dangerous, so please don’t mess with them. Garage door injuries are common and serious and you can avoid them by calling the Garage Door Man first. If your door lifts but gets stuck at certain points it’s probably a gunk or lubrication problem. You can fix this on your own with garage door lubricant and some gloves.

Pre-emptive and preventative maintenance for your garage door can ensure your garage door stays in good working condition–especially in the winter months when freezing temperatures can wear out batteries, motors, and metal tracks. Garage Door Man stands ready to repair, check, or replace your garage door at an affordable price and efficient service. Call today!


How To Get Dents Out of Your Garage Door

Garage door dents are very common, unfortunately. Maybe you bumped it with your car, maybe a soccer ball got kicked into it, or maybe someone got bumped into it—no matter the reason, garage door dents aren’t always avoidable.

But the good news is that many dents can be fixed. If the dent is small enough, you can likely fix it yourself with some household items. A dented garage door should be address as the dent can potentially worsen and lead to other problems for the function of your garage door.

Not only that, but a dent can be a bit of an eye sore. Your dent problems can be gone within minutes with just a few simple steps.

The Foil, Flame, and Air Method

For this DIY method, you’ll need tin foil, a lighter, and an air can. The method here will allow you to drastically change the temperature of dented metal to help it repair itself and return to it being part of a smooth garage door.

  • Wash the dented area with dish soap and water. Allow it to dry before continuing.
  • Use tin foil to cover the dent. Hold the foil flat over the dented area as close to the door as possible.
  • With a lighter, more a flame back and forth over the dented around for about a minute. Use a consistent motion. Remove the foil and spray the dented area with an air can for at least 30 seconds. While spraying, hold the can upside down.

Hit it Out

Your dent may be reversible simply by hitting it out. If you have a wood block, a mallet, and some sand paper, you can try the hit it out method. With this method, you will actually hit the dent back, and flatten it out into its former state. When this has been done, you may have to paint the dented area to blend it in.

  • Wash the dented area with dish soap and water. Allow the area to dry completely before continuing.
  • Place a wood block over the dent and hit it lightly with a mallet. Repeat until the dent it evened out.
  • Sand the area to make it completely evened out.
  • Apply primer, let it dry.
  • Paint over the dented area to blend it in.  

Replace a Panel

Not all dents will be completely repairable. It is likely, if you dent is more than a few inches in size, you’ll need to replace a panel. If this is the case, your garage door is likely off balance. An unbalanced door can lead to a worn out opener, and door getting off track, and other problems. Contact a professional to repair this dent or replace the panel to avoid further problems from occurring. If the dent is significant, you may need to replace the entire door. Contact Garage Door Man for the best options for your garage door needs.


To-Do List for Organizing Your Garage

Set Aside a Weekend Dedicated to Organizing

People tend to underestimate how long organizing an entire garage will take. To thoroughly organize an entire garage, plan on setting aside two full days. The best course of action may be to take a weekend. If it takes you less time, great! But if not, you’ll have that time set aside anyway.

Create Categories

All of the gear in your garage fits into a category—sports equipment, gardening tools, seasonal décor, automotive supplies, camping gear, trash, etc. Determine your categories and designate a place for each category. Before you invest in storage bins and shelving for categories, organize your items into these categories. You may be getting rid of things and need less space than you think.

Group Garage Contents

Start placing your items into piles in determined categories. You will like rediscover items that you forgot you had. It may be a good idea to have small containers to group together loose screws, nails, and other small knick-knacks you find.

Get Rid of Things

Trash or donate items that you don’t used. A good rule of thumb—have you used it in the last year? If not, get rid of it. Part of keeping your garage organized means avoiding clutter, if you don’t use it, lose it!

Clean Garage

While your garage is all cleared out, take the chance to do a little cleaning. Sweep out the areas that aren’t usually empty. Wipe down the walls. May even mop the floor! When was the last time you did that? It’s much easier (and more effective) to clean a garage that has been cleared out. An organized garage will be more satisfying if it is also clean.

Plan an Organized Layout

With an empty garage in front of you, visualize how you’d like your space organized. Design a quick layout. Put the items you use the most well with in reach. Whereas season items can likely go on a higher shelf. Once you’ve determined your desired layout, you can invest in shelving units, storage bins, and other organizational tools.

Install Shelving, Cabinets, and Other Organizational Tools

Install these things first and then worry about filling them. Use your wall space wisely. Storing smartly can save your room and give you more floor space in your garage. The vertical space in your garage can be covered with mounted pegboards, wired grids, or mounted shelves to hold your gear and equipment, keeping it off your floor but still within reach and easy access.

Put Items Away

Go from category to category and relocate items into their designated places. Putting this away in an organized manner will help you to keep your garage well maintained. Don’t undo the work you’ve already done by dumping items.

Repeat Regularly

Garages have a tendency to get disorganized quickly. Set aside a time to reorganize your garage once a year (or more regularly) to keep it clean, organized, and beneficial to you.