Monday, August 22, 2016

Helpful Tips on Hiring Home Contractor

How to Hire a Local Contractor

Whether you are looking to hire a contractor to install new rollers on your garage door or build an addition to your garage, it's important to hire a licensed contractor that is also experienced in their field. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

1.  In most every state it is the law that any contractor who advertises MUST be licensed, no matter the size of the job. So look and ask for a license number and check it online at your states registrar of contractors or equivalent site.   Once on the site, enter the company license number. Note the name of the company (does it match the name of the company being advertised?). Also verify if they have worker’s compensation insurance. If they say they don’t, ask when you call them, who will be coming out. If it’s the name (of the individual/owner) on the license, no problem. If it is a technician, or any other name don't do business with them since said they didn’t have employees!  You now know that whoever would come out to perform the work is not licensed or insured. They will say they are sub contractors but they are not.  You can also look to see if they have any complaints and if their license was ever revoked or suspended and why. Stay away from any contractor which you has any unresolved matters with the state licensing agency.

2.  Check the your local Better Business Bureau (BBB). Contrary to a mixed news reviews that debunked their credibility, they actually are a very credible source. They will have online reviews and records that you can search that include contractors who are not even members of the BBB. You can see how many and what type of complaints weed files and how long ago they were and what the resolution was. Make sure whoever you hire has a good rating. It takes a lot of accountability to maintain a good rating over the years.

3.  Use the following web sites and look for reviews: Google and Yelp. Simply type in the company or contractor name and then add the word "reviews" to the search and you should get a list of most reviews on the web.

4.  If you have several projects to do, Angie’s List is a great resource for contractors.  A company can’t get on Angie’s List directly. Their clients have to refer them. This is like having a giant data base of reviews for contractors in various specialties in your area. There’s a small annual fee but worth it if you may need to do multiple searches.

Now, hopefully these tips will help you make an informed decision about any contractor or company you hire in any of the trades! Taking 15 minutes to check things out will give you a good sense of the company and could save you time and money!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Check Out Our New Website!


Star Door Parts just launched a completely new and redesigned website to enhance your shopping experience. We are still the same company that you have come to trust with our outstanding customer service, fast shipping, low prices and comprehensive inventory and product selection.

While redesigning our site we listened to your feedback and worked to provide you an even better online shopping experience. Specifically changed was our mobile site. Our new site is responsive to the devise you are using which means that the website will look different on a smartphone, tablet and desktop. The navigation is now easier since the mobile site automatically adjusts the site view to your phone screen size and position held. If you still need the full features of our desktop site but are using a mobile device, simply use your browser option to Request Desktop Site from either your Safari or Chrome browser menu.

We appreciate your business and welcome any continued feedback on our website design, product offerings, blogs, etc.

The Team at Star Door Parts

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Screw Drive Garage Door Opener: Light Bulb Replacement | DoItYourself.com

Screw Drive Garage Door Opener: Light Bulb Replacement | DoItYourself.comHow to Change the Light Bulb and Lens Cover on a Garage Door Opener

It's important to change the light bulb in your garage door opener with one that is designed to work with you opener and is resistant to vibration to ensure a longer lifespan. Be cautious when using LED and CFL bulbs as they can give off interference and interfere with the operation of your remote transmitters. Read more here by clicking on the link.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

How to Replace Garage Door Rollers

Garage door rollers or wheels can be an integral part of how safe, smooth and quite your garage door operates. Rollers are made in various qualities in a number of different materials and sizes to meet the effective use of the end user. Determining the correct type of garage door rollers for your garage door can be a little confusing, especially when you do not know what you need to look for in a garage door roller. To simplify things, there are a couple of primary things you need to be aware of. First would be the actual size of the roller, and 2nd is the purpose and conditions you will be operating your door in.

The material can vary
on both the garage door roller itself, as well as on the stem. Each material features its own pros and cons, and knowing your own priorities, necessities, and expectations on your garage door can help you pick a wheel that will best serve you. The materials of a garage door roller can influence just how long the roller lasts, how resistant it is against high-moisture environments, how quiet the garage door will be, and how heavy of a door the roller can accommodate. Your first concern, in any situation, would be to determine a garage door roller that can accept the weight of your garage door without wearing out prematurely. The safest method to replace your garage door roller is to look at the material that your garage door rollers are currently made out of. However, if you were considering upgrading your rollers, it might be good to know the weight your garage door. Oftentimes, the weight of the door will be located on a sticker somewhere on the garage door or perhaps the spring shaft.

Roller sizes are rather standard in the garage door business.
It is usually a one inch, two inch, or three inch diameter on the wheel itself. You can very easily find out this measurement by placing a ruler across the face of the roller. In addition to the diameter of the roller, you need to know the entire length of the stem itself as well. You can get that measurement by measuring the full length of the stem up to where the roller is on the stem. The measurement you will get is not always going to be an exact measurement of 1", 2", or 3" rollers. A 3" roller will typically measure out to be about 2-3/4", while a 2" roller will measure out to be a 1-3/4", and a 1" roller will measure out around 3/4". In addition, the shaft of almost every roller will be a diameter of 7/16 of an inch, which is the typical industry standard. You will likely not need to worry about that measurement unless you have a much older door. If you've got a very old door a simple quick measurement of the stem diameter using a ruler or caliper would not hurt. Knowing this measurement, you can observe what size works with you current configuration.

One of the next priorities
when choosing a roller would be to determine if your garage door is in a high-moisture environment or not. Rollers made with stainless steel or zinc plating are made that way because they are resistant of rust. Under normal conditions, they are utilized in spaces like car washes, dairy barns and other high-moisture environments. If you do not have a high-moisture location, there isn't an expressed requirement for a stainless steel or zinc plated roller, but if you've had a rust problem in the past, it's probably wise that you will get rollers that are resilient against rust. An area where you may choose to use a corrosion resistant roller is in a colder climate that has snow and salt. A corrosion resistant roller will prevent the bottom rollers from rusting out and failing prematurely.

Once you have determined the environment your door operates in the next decision is between how quiet you want your garage door to be, how much money you want to invest, and how long you would like the rollers to last. If smooth quite operation is what you are looking for then a nylon or rubber roller needs to be on your list. Additionally, the number of balls in the bearing for the roller can drastically effect how loud your garage door will be. The more ball bearings inside the garage door roller there are, the quieter and smoother the garage door will run. Additionally, rollers with more ball bearings in them tend to last considerably longer than ones with fewer ball bearings. Typically the more ball bearings the more expensive the roller.

Ultimately,
comprehending the cycle life of a garage door wheel is important as well to picking a garage door wheel especially in commercial applications. The ratings are fairly simple to understand. The rating for our 3” 10 ball 7” steel is as follows around 50000 cycles on a 12 foot high door at approximately 150lbs per roller. A single roller does not support the entire weight of the door, so this should not be alarming. So if we take that into perspective it means that using this particular roller on a door with ten rollers on it, the rollers could lift a 1500lb door that is 12 ft. high approximately 50,000 times before it breaks or fails. Mind you, such a door is very large, and likely is not what you have. However it gives you a glimpse into the strength of these rollers. If your rollers are too weak to lift the door, the roller will break a lot more quickly than under normal circumstances, so make sure pick something that can support the weight of the garage door.

To summarize, the pros of steel rollers are that they last longer than nylon on large applications, they handle higher loads, and they tend to be a little bit cheaper. The con is that they are much louder than nylon rollers and are much less tolerant to moisture. Nylon rollers have the benefit of smooth operation, lightweight design and quietness, but they tend to break if impacted. As for the stems, if you need rust resistance, get zinc plated or stainless steel, otherwise just regular steel will suffice. The number of ball bearings can greatly manipulate the cost, but as you add more ball bearings, the roller lasts longer and runs quieter.

The most common roller used on a residential garage door is a 7 ball bearing steel roller in a 2” diameter tire with a shaft length around 4”. These rollers are good for universal use and have a load rating of 35lbs and are good for around 10,000 cycles. You can find this style roller in many hardware or big box stores. If you are looking to upgrade to a heavy duty roller for your residential door we might recommend you upgrade to a 10 ball bearing roller which has a working load of 75lbs and cycle life doubles to nearly 20,000. If you are looking for the ultimate in maintenance free and the quietest garage door rollers for your home we would suggest the white vinyl standard 11 ball bearing roller. The rollers that we carry at Star Door Parts are of a much higher quality than what you will find at your local hardware store. You could also check with a local door dealer but we have found their selection isn't as good and door dealers are not always willing to sell retail. 






When contemplating replacing worn or damaged garage door rollers
as being a DIY project it is very important that you do them one-by-one to maintain the integrity of your garage door and not to comprise your safety. Always remember your bottom rollers are usually held in place by the bottom bracket or fixture. Your garage door bottom bracket typically has all the spring tension attached to it via the door lifting cables. The bottom bracket should never be removed when spring tension is live on the door. If you are not knowledgeable about this process you should contact a professional door company to complete the repairs for you.


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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Stanley Garage Door Opener Repair and Replacement Parts from Star Door Parts

Star Door Parts has one of the largest inventory supplies of hard to find and no longer manufactured parts for Stanley garage door openers. If we don't have what you need we can get it for you if its available. Need help fixing your Stanley garage door opener? Then order or call us at Star Door Parts today at (952) 818-6633!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

To Kick-off National Garage Door Safety Month we Want to Share our Garage Safety and Secuirty Tips

One of the top mistakes people make is leaving the garage door remote in their vehicle. Thieves break into your car and take the remote giving them direct access to your home. The best way to prevent this from happening and still have easy access to your garage door opener is to simply purchase a key-chain style remote.

Keep GPS devices stowed away when parking at shopping malls, movie theaters or sporting events. Criminals will break into your car steal your GPS and your garage door remote control and then hit the “home” button on the GPS and it leads them to your unoccupied home where they will have access for several hours while you are enjoying your entertainment. If your transmitter does get stolen be sure to immediately clear all the codes in your opener and reprogram all your remotes and keypads. This prevents that stolen device from opening your door. If you do not know how to clear your codes please contact the door opener manufacturer for assistance.

Secure your garage door emergency release mechanism by using a zip tie or product designed to prevent the “six second” break-in. Products like the no-entry latch guard are easy to install and are typically under $20 and make this break-in technique almost impossible. Criminals will use a wedge and coat hanger to grab the disconnect mechanism on your garage door opener and can be in your garage (and house if your door to your house is unlocked) in seconds.

Keep the door locked between your garage and house. We suggest using a deadbolt. Also make sure the door from the garage to your home is as sturdy as your front door. A steel door is the best and anti kick devices are also recommended. It really is not that big of an inconvenience to unlock the door when you consider the piece of mind you will have knowing your home is safe. Another helpful hint is to install a good wide-angle peephole to look into your garage from safely inside the house in case you do hear strange noises coming from your garage.

Do not make it easy on the criminals and forget to shut your door when you go to bed or leave for work. This gives them free access to anything in your garage and if they shut your door behind them plenty of time to also break into your house without being seen. There are a couple products on the market like a garage door monitor that can tell you if your garage door is open or closed from your bedside or anywhere in your home. Genie now has a garage door opener that can be fitted with a device called a closed confirm remote that will tell you if your garage door closed properly behind you.

If you do have windows in garage door or side windows in your garage be sure to get obscure glass or frosted glass to prevent thieves from looking in to see what good stuff you have to offer or more importantly if someone may be home or not. Keep expensive items like golf clubs, bikes and power tools out of site. These are items easy to sell and pawn.

Always padlock the slide lock on your door when traveling or away from your home for long periods of time. If you do not have a slide lock on your garage door they can be purchased for under $10 from a hardware store or online garage door parts retailer. This ensures no one will be able to open your garage door manually or with a remote. This will give you a piece of mind that your garage is secured while traveling. A little tip though be sure to either unplug your opener or turn the vacation switch on your wall station to prevent you from accidentally pressing the button when you return home and damage your door, opener or both due to it being locked down.

Making sure your garage door and opener are maintained properly and installed correctly is also an important part of the security of your home. The draw bar arm that connects your garage door to your door opener should be as close to vertical when the door is closed and sealing the door at the floor. This helps prevent someone from prying your garage door open. If your drawbar arm is angled it can be back driven in some cases allowing access to your door. Be sure to keep the area around your photo safety sensors clean and free from debris. This is the reason most doors do not close when you activated.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

LiftMaster Now a Partner with Nest to Bring a Camera to the MyQ System



If you house is like most others, the garage is the main entrance to your home for your whole family. Users of the LiftMaster MyQ system have come to appreciate that the MyQ app (a free download at the App Store for Apple phones and at Google Play for Android phones) has always alerted users to garage door activity via smart phone push notifications.  But did you know who opened the garage door?  Now that has all changed!  With this new partnership, you can purchase and install a Nest Cam in the garage and can view a live video feed from the garage, or any other room, and receive notifications when motion is detected, all from the MyQ app.

MyQ lets you keep an eye on coming and going activities of your home, and with the Nest Cam you can easily and conveniently see what’s happening at home when you’re not there. Through account linking MyQ and Nest Cam bring added safety, security and peace of mind to your family – from anywhere. Great for people with valuable items in the garage, families with kids who may be home alone, or those who travel frequently.