Garage Safety | How to Really Make Your Garage Safer

Garage Safety

While checking the news this morning I stumbled upon this short article listing a few garage safety issues by U.S. Home Safety Council. To explore a little more their garage safety suggestions I followed a link to their website and looked at much longer list. I have to tell you that I’m disappointed after reading it.
While working as a home inspector I‘ve evaluated close to 5000 properties and majority of them with car garages. In most cases there were serious, even life threatening garage safety issues involved, and yet, 3 of them have not been included in that list, part […]

Garage Door Sensors | Overhead Door Opener Sensor Troubleshooting

Garage door sensors, also called photoelectric sensors, are designed to protect people and their belongings (not just cars) by constantly checking for an obstruction in the path of an automatically closing overhead door. As soon as something is detected, the garage door sensors send a signal to the garage door opener to reverse its movement and open the door.

Attached Garage Firewall | Garage To Room Entrance

Garage fire wall / separation wall between the house and an attached garage is very often mistreated  by the home owners.
I’m assuming that they are simply unaware of the fire safety requirements and how critical it might be to gain those extra minutes that garage fire wall should provide in case of fire.
As always. check your local jurisdiction requirements, because they might exceed the IRC (International Building Code).
#1. Garage fire wall / separation wall – materials used on the garage side of walls and ceiling common to the house must meet certain requirements in order to slow […]

Garage Door Opener Safety Manual Bottom Line

Garage Door Opener Safety Manual Bottom Line

There is one extremely important reason for presenting you this garage door opener safety manual.
Because it is a mechanical device, and if improperly installed , combined with a 400 pounds garage door (give or take some), it will hurt you badly! It might even kill you!
There is a well known phrase – “if it works, don’t touch it” (or fix it) – but maybe there should be also another one added to it “if it was properly installed”… Most of us hate instructions but please stay with me till the end of this […]

Garage Door Springs Safety, Avoiding Serious Injury

Garage Door Springs Safety

Usually, the largest mechanical thing around your house is the overhead garage door – the one you’re driving your car through, sometimes without even opening it – I know that you do.
The major, and the most dangerous component of the overhead door is the garage door spring – (or springs depending on the design), which supports the entire weight of the door panels (sometimes over 400 pounds) and helps you to lift / lower the entire door assembly.
I have personally installed 3 overhead garage doors with 2 different types of springs, and you […]