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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Troubleshooting Your Garage Door Opener

by Mike Brewer

Today, virtually all homes have automatic garage door openers. This luxury not only makes it easier to get in and out of your garage, but keeps you dry and warm inside your car when you arrive and depart your house. However, when something goes wrong with your door opener, your vehicle can get stranded in the garage, making it difficult, if not impossible, to go to work, school or other obligations. Fortunately, most garage door opener problems can be fixed quickly without a lot of expense.

Common problems with garage door openers

1. Faulty springs. A faulty spring is the most common reason that garage door openers fail. The spring is the apparatus that helps to ease the door down gently. When one or both springs fail, the door falls sharply rather than gradually, which is not only hard on the door, but can be dangerous. Replacing the springs is an inexpensive and quick procedure for a garage door technician.

2. The door is off its track. You'll know it if your garage door is off of its track. Not only will the door not operate correctly, but it will make a lot of noise. Realigning your door is another relatively inexpensive and easy fix for a garage door repair crew.

3. The sensor isn't working properly. If your door doesn't close all of the way or if it starts to open immediately after it closes, it's likely that the ground sensor is malfunctioning. This is a relatively minor repair, but one that requires a service technician.

4. The door won't open. A garage door that won't open likely indicates a problem with the power leading to the door. This could be the result of a GFI outlet where the breaker has been tripped, a circuit breaker that tripped or the cord from the garage door opener vibrating and becoming unplugged. If these suggestions don't work, then it's time to call a garage door contractor to further investigate the problem.

5. The chain needs replaced. The chain is the mechanical part that connects the garage door motor to the door itself. When the chain becomes loose or breaks entirely, the door will either fail to operate or not open the entire way. Replacing the chain is almost always less expensive than buying a new opener.

If you find that your garage door opener cannot be repaired, there are a myriad of new garage door opener replacement products on the market today, everything from openers that can be operated remotely using your smartphone to openers with powerful motors than open in an instant.

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