The Drake Reed Blog

9 Tips To Make Your Garage More Secure 

Once every 26 seconds, a home break-in occurs, leading to an average property loss of $2,799. With the stakes so high, it’s paramount to protect yourself. Securing every part of your home will reduce your vulnerability to intruders.  While you may be worried about criminals breaking in through a window or front door, your garage door should also be a concern. According to the FBI, 9% of burglars break into homes through a garage door.  To keep your home safe from intruders, here are our top tips on how to secure a garage door. 1. Replace Your Old Garage Door […]

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How to Lubricate Your Garage Door

When you open and close your garage door, the moving parts rub together as it cycles up and down. Keeping your door in peak condition by lubricating it can help extend its life span and prevent a noisy garage door.  Garage Door Lubrication Step-by-Step Follow the steps below every six months for quieter, longer, safer garage door operation. 1. Inspect Your Door and Disconnect the Opener Before lubricating your door’s components, take the time to inspect your door by completing the following: During this inspection, note any worn parts and replace them where possible, with one exception — the springs. […]

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How to Open a Garage Door Manually Without Power

An automatic garage door opener offers you the convenience of entering and exiting your garage without leaving your vehicle. However, these devices require electricity to operate — which means they won’t function during a power outage.  Opener manufacturers recognize that these interruptions can be problematic for homeowners. That’s why they’ve added a built-in mechanism that makes it easy to manually open a garage door in an emergency. How to Open a Garage Door Manually You can follow these five steps if you need to open a garage door without power. 1. Disengage the Opener If the opener automatically engages when […]

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What Size Garage Door Opener Do I Need?

A garage door opener is one of those household gadgets that homeowners install and then forget about. But like any mechanical device, an opener can malfunction or wear out. If you notice signs like excessive noise during operation, intermittent or random functioning or a garage door that gets stuck during opening or closing, it could mean it’s time for an opener replacement.  If you’re in the market for a new garage door opener, you might be surprised at how many options are available today. You’ll need to evaluate several factors during the buying process, including the best device size for […]

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The Best Ways to Heat Your Garage

Central Pennsylvania winters often come with frequent ice, snow and cold temperatures. If you want to have a pleasant experience going into your vehicle each morning, it helps to have a heated garage. Keeping your garage warm can also protect any temperature-sensitive items or supplies you store there. How to Heat a Garage The following three tips that will help you safely heat your garage in winter: 1. Determine Your Heating Needs No two garages are alike. Before you choose a heating approach, you’ll need to evaluate several elements, such as the square footage of the space, how warm you […]

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